WASHINGTON (WUSA/CNN) -- You could be saving 40 percent on your grocery bill by using coupons you get in your mailbox or newspaper all the time. In the video, we show you how to put them to good use, and how real savings have a lot to do with planning ahead.
Some quick tips:
- Match the coupon you have to a sale if it's in the sales ad at the store to save more money
- Keep track of when certain products go on sale at the store and wait to buy them then
- Know which items are heavily discounted at certain times of the year (such as baking goods before the holidays and barbecue and salad dressings in the beginning of the summer) and stock up then
When it comes to sales at the grocery store this month, you may find good bargains on meats for the grill.It's also National Dairy Month so you could see deals on milk, eggs, cheese, ice cream, yogurt and other dairy products. But expect to pay a premium on seasonal items like sunscreen, bug spray and allergy medicine.