As some of you may know, I had set a goal to spend less than $100 per week on groceries for my family of 4, which includes a very hungry teenage son. I just added up my May receipts and am so excited…..I only spent $403!! Yippee!!! This is huge to me because I used to spend twice that. I now save us (or I really like to think of it as….”made us”) $400 a month. My next goal is to lower it to $75/week (or even less eventually). I have seen others do it and now I’m on a mission. It’s important to know, too, that I do not sacrifice quality. I like to cook well balanced meals for my family and that is another goal when shopping.
To start with, I use The Grocery Game at http://www.thegrocerygame.com/ . If you’re not familiar with it, it matches up sales and coupons at the store that is participating in your area. This lets me buy things at 60-70% off regular price, i.e I get 3 boxes of cereal for the price of 1.
Then I go to another store just down the road to buy all my other groceries because they are just cheaper on everything. It’s such a no flare, really crowded store but it is so much cheaper I just have to go. If you want to try The Grocery Game, they offer a 4 week trial for free to see if you like it. (Please use firstname.lastname@example.org as your referral if you don’t mind.) You do need to start stocking up on coupons, which only takes a few weeks.
Take advantage of using all the online printables at Coupons.com and others listed in my sidebar. I can’t say it enough..I love coupons and saving all this money! It is so worth it, it’s so fun and, believe me, it is not time consuming. If it was, then I would have a hard time doing it.
Do you have any tips for saving on groceries? I would love to hear.
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