In Tip 5 of my blog series on how to save money on your grocery budget I’m giving you some tips and websites that you can use for research.
Couponing, stockpiling and bargain hunting in Ireland is quite difficult to do. Coupons haven’t taken off here in the same way as it has in the US, you will rarely get an item for less than 50% of the recommended retail price (RRP), and if you do, it’s unlikely you’ll get more than 1.
The majority of suburban houses aren’t designed with pantry/larder storage in mind and so it’s nigh impossible to stockpile to any large extent unless you reassign a living area. In my teeney, tiny galley kitchen I can store very little food and so I’ve converted a small part of the understairs area by putting in a bookshelf on which I store food.
Related to couponing but not quite, you can accumulate store loyalty tokens and these will then be translated into discounts, coupons or vouchers for your shopping during the year. Both Tesco & Dunnes have a well worked out loyalty system so if that interests you then by all means sign up to receive quarterly discounts and extra offers in the post.
Here are a couple of great sites here that you can browse to your heart’s content and find discounts, bargain alerts and perhaps even more shopping tips than you will find already in the Budgeting section of the blog. By doing this in advance of going shopping, you will be up to speed on the latest information on markdowns in your local supermarket, how much discount your coupons will get you etc.
The biggest go-to site for a large number of coupons all at once in Ireland
Positives: The coupons can be printed off more than once. They are generally quite good value.
Negatives: Some of the grocery items can be obscure and highly branded so you can choose a cheaper own-brand version rather than use the coupons in the first place. You do have to register with the site before being able to print off coupons.
For discussion and pointers on all things couponing in Ireland.
Positives: It’s regularly updated and you can keep up to speed with most of the coupons that are available in the Irish market.
Negatives: If you want to participate in the discussion then you will need to register. It can be a bit militant at times.
A very, very busy forum focused on discounts, which also has a section for bargain alerts requests which is handy too.
Positives: Very fast moving and out of date bargains are marked as such as soon as the moderators become aware of that.
Negatives: If you’re not online at the right time you will miss certain bargains. Take all online mispricing bargains with a pinch of salt.
Do you have any other sites that you would like to share with my readers that are good for couponing/bargain alerts in Ireland?
Do share them below!