I've been hearing and reading that one out of every six people in America is finding food hard to afford, so well, I'd like to do my part to help out via this blog. So at times I'll include hints and coupons as to how to buy groceries cheaply.
Frankly, I love trying to conquer the supermarket game.
My own supermarket keeps track of how much I save each year by purchasing their items which were on sale each week. They say I saved $835 in 2011. Cool.
As for how much I saved on top of that by using cents-off coupons (my store doubles all coupons less than one dollar), I'll estimate that I saved...hmm... $280.
My store also sells gas and they give us ten cents off per gallon for each $100 we spend or when we use ten cents-off coupons (each time I use a coupon on a product it's like I spent 10 dollars' worth of groceries. I think that's awesome. Wish they'd begun that promotion earlier in the year.) Anyway, I'll estimate that we saved $50 in gas.
All totaled, that's a savings of $1,165. Not incredible, but pretty good for something I do in my spare time. Something I enjoy.
And that's the key to not only saving money at the supermarket, but with anything we do--keep it enjoyable. God never meant our lives down here to be one long bad, sad time (I don't care who says He did). No, Jesus "came that we might have life more abundantly and live it to the full until it overflows." (John 10:10)
I enjoy discovering ways to do just that.
Anyway, this year my aim is to buy 90% of my groceries only when they're on sale--buying enough to last me until the next sale. It's such a bummer to pay full price! And of course, I'll use coupons whenever I can and save even more on top of the sale prices.
Also, during 2012 I'll try to include a few links for you here in my blog to some online coupons I find worth mentioning.
God can provide for us in myriad different ways and one of those ways, for me, has been the enjoyable adventure of buying groceries as cheaply as I can. Of beating the grocery game and having a fun time as I do.
Oh and don't worry.... I'm not into buying 20 boxes of cupcakes or sugary cereals, etc., like those extreme couponers. Uh, no. And because my mom taught me, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all," I'll not say anything else about those shoppers. :)
This Sunday's newspaper will have 4 coupon inserts (!) Preview them here.
I listed places which will email you coupon links here (scroll down).
Coupons.com is also good, but their best coupons go quickly. They had two coupons for Kashi cereals this morning, so you may want to see if they're still available in your zipcode. (Click 'food' in the sidebar to narrow your search.) You can print two of each coupon there.
There are only three brands of cereal I buy -- Mom's Best Naturals is another--and if that's sold in your area, their website offers coupons. Use your back button to print two. Pair a coupon with a sale and you're paying less than $2 a box for cereal without a bunch of additives. Gotta love that.