The best money savings advice on grocery savings was “if its not on sale -don’t buy it”. If you simply stick with that one rule you will be saving money from the start. Now expand on that rule by combing a manufacturers coupons, store coupons and your grocery store card then before you know it you will be way ahead of the game. You do not have to be an extreme coupon Mom or Dad to enjoy savings. It is not hard to save money if you go in with a plan, ex. create a weekly menu, gather coupons from that menu, shop only sales items. It really is that simple.
Advice on How to Use Coupons
- Make a price-book of the items you buy most frequently. Soon you will remember the when the item is at its all time lowest price and you can do away with it.
- First, look at how you eat, can you make it healthier by eating less processed food? Ask yourself if you can make that mac&cheese cheaper by purchasing the noodles and cheese on sale? I promise you can and it will be healthier than the boxed version. Now expand on that idea. What else can you make to save yourself more money and reduce your processed food purchases? Can you do with less meat?
- Organize your paper coupons in an expanding file folder by date and suppler ex.(smartsource, red plum,etc) No need to cut all those coupons out. Use them ONLY during a sale.
- Check out online coupon resources and print the coupons you need for the week
- Plan your menu for the week per the weekly sales flyer.
- Gather and cut your coupons based on your menu and look for the best deals
- Drop your loyalty to brand thinking- We need to start thinking about saving money not being brand loyal.
- Remember to buy only the items on sale
- Start keeping a price sheet of the items you buy on a regular bases so you will know when the best price to buy will be.
- Stockpile on the sales items when they are at the lowest price. Shop this way for the next 6-8 weeks stocking up on each trip, ex; if your family eats spaghetti 3 times in a month buy those 3 jars of spaghetti sauce on sale using coupons on your first trip, the next week you won’t have to. Look for the next deal you can buy in bulk such as oatmeal or canned soup etc. Doing this will expand your pantry and you will soon find yourself only needing a few basic items each week.
Remember: Stockup when an item is on sale; use a coupon for that purchase if you can and ONLY buy during a sale.
Next week – Coupon lingo and organizing it all…..