Skip to main content

Extreme? No. Couponing? Yes!

For about a month I've been working on returning to my former way of grocery shopping. Since about the time my oldest was born, I started clipping coupons as a rule for shopping. It pained me to ever pay full price for anything I purchased, especially at the grocery store.

Bargain shopping became a way of life. For example, my hubby would ask me what we were having for dinner to which I would respond "whatever was on sale this week!" This rule was particularly important with meats. Once I saw what was on sale in the meats department, I would try to plan the rest of my meal around it. Sure, pork loin might sound good, but if it was full price we'd be eating something else.

Over the last year or so our schedule had changed considerably and forced me into making smaller and less frugal shopping trips. I slipped into the routine of buying whatever sounded good and picking up items on a whim because I wasn't sure when I'd have time to get to the store again (or want to go to the store again!). I could tell that not only was my grocery bill getting larger, but my pantry was looking leaner.

Time was beginning to show that I wasn't being a very good homemaker and so I became determined to return to my former - and better - shopping ways.

No doubt, coupon and bargain shopping takes time. You have to be willing to carve out some time specifically for seeking out sales, clipping coupons, and searching online databases. I'm not about being extreme, but few things are as accessible and simple as couponing when it comes to saving money. Things have changed since I started couponing and I'm sure that things will continue to evolve. Here are some tips, new and old, that have worked for me! If you're in the market for stocking your pantry and saving some money then I think you'll love these tips:

  1. Make a plan. For me, I like to set aside one block of time for clipping coupons and making my shopping list and another block of time for my actual shopping. I've found that Sunday nights work well for sorting ads,clipping coupons, and creating my shopping list. It usually takes me about 90 minutes.  My preference is to shop on Wednesday mornings, but you do have to look closely at Sunday's ads to make sure they are good all week. 
  2. Know where to get your coupons. The Sunday paper has always been my go-to resource. But many online databases now have e-coupons or additional printable coupons. My local grocery store will load the coupons directly to my customer loyalty card. And don't throw away those coupons that print off at the register! Click here to check out Coupon Mom's online coupon section.
  3. Track the best sales with either a free or paid deal-tracking membership. I have used The Grocery Game and The Coupon Mom both with a good degree of success. My biggest complaint with these systems is that they often miss items that I would normally purchase. These deal-trackers match store sales with printed coupons to get you the best price, but keep in mind that these lists do not see your e-coupons or store coupons and they don't know your buying practices. Click here for a free 4-week trial of The Grocery Game!
  4. Make a list of your family's staples. What are the things that your family uses so often that you buy them nearly every week? Clif Kids Z Bars is one for my family. So for example, last week Z Bars were on sale for 50% off at my local store but they weren't on the above-mentioned list. I also happened to have a coupon - this was a great deal that I would have missed if I didn't have a list (and coupon stash) specifically for my family's favorites.
  5. Stay organized. If you're committed to saving money using coupons, the best way to guarantee you'll keep at it is to have a system and stay organized! I've always used a small accordion-style coupon file folder, but binders with clear-plastic pocketed inserts would work great too! Here's a whole list of ideas from Stretching A Buck. You'll be more likely to use your coupons and stick to your plan when you can quickly and easily find what you need and have a rhythm to your routine.
  6. Track your savings! This is the fun part. Many grocery stores will show you right on your receipt the percentage you've saved on your bill. It's pretty easy to save 30-40% on a normal grocery trip if you're shopping sales, but add in coupons and you'll quickly see an increase in your savings! This month, I've averaged 50% off each grocery shopping trip I've made! Not only that, I can see the long-term savings growing as I'm stashing away soaps and lotions that I know I won't have to pay full price for later!
  7. Every bit counts. If you haven't started using re-usable shopping bags now is the time! Many stores still give you $.05 or $.10 per bag and that adds up fast! Just think about it. If you bring your own shopping bags and use 10 of them at just $.05 per bag, that's $.50 - do that every week and you just bought yourself a cup of coffee this month.
 What are your favorite coupon and grocery tips? Do you do anything "extreme?"

Comments

  1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete

  2. Coupon2Deal is a USA based online platform established in 2019 with its arms and network spread worldwide. We coupon2deal. are devoted to delivering the best outcome to our users to fulfill the buds of their love for shopping while sitting at home with a cup of coffee. Since shopping dwells in almost every heart, we run our global network by providing interesting Deals, Discount Coupons & Promo Codes applicable for different types of products like
    NordVPN Coupon
    Namecheap Promo Code
    Shein Coupon
    hostinger Coupon

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for taking the time to comment! Come back again soon.

Popular posts from this blog

Give Thanks: Part 4

KEEP READING FOR A GREAT SCENTSY GIVEAWAY! There is so much to be thankful for, it really is hard to decide what will make these next few posts... but today is an ode to my husband. If there is one thing he loves, it's great smells. Although great smells come from great cooking, they also come from great candles. Now with kids around candles can feel a little risky, but then came Scentsy . This is a "flameless" candle which is actually kind of a throw back to the scented wax warmers that used a candle. No candles here, just plug in the warmer and the small light bulb does all the work. I'm a fan of the nightlight sized warmers, but the larger Scentsy warmers are quite lovely. Browse the entire Holiday Collection to find the one perfect for your home or start thinking about gift giving - the combinations are endless! And look at this festive warmer of the month (10% off): But now we need to talk about fragrance! Silver Bells is the fragrance of the month (als

Mom Spot: Progressive Pioneer

Here is another blog I've come across in recent weeks. She has gorgeous pictures and her post yesterday was truly fantastic. "Maine is pretty rainy in the spring.  And I lived in Oregon for awhile and it defines rainy.  So, a little rain rarely puts me in a gray mood.  In fact, this rainy, rainy spring we've been having here in Utah has actually made me feel quite cheerful!  Each rainy day has felt like something of a celebration." Click HERE to read the entire post - you have to see the photographs! You'll also find all kinds of topics on sustainable and simple living. Enjoy!

Psalm 16

This Psalm has been blessing me. I pray it will bless you too. Thanks to BibleGateway.com for making it so easy to share these beautiful words with you. 16  Preserve me, O God, for in you I  take refuge. 2  I say to the  Lord , “You are my Lord;      I have no good apart from you.” 3  As for  the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,      in whom is all my delight. 4  The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;      their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out      or  take their names on my lips. 5  The  Lord  is  my chosen portion and my  cup;      you hold my  lot. 6  The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;      indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. 7  I bless the  Lord  who  gives me counsel;      in  the night also my  heart instructs me. 8  I have  set the  Lord  always before me;      because he is at my  right hand, I shall not be  shaken. 9  Therefore my heart is glad, and my  whole being rejoices;      my