The plan is to spend most of this week (because I think it will take a week) to share ideas for saving on grocery and food expenses. However…I’m having a tired, writer’s block sort of moment…so this post may be brief!
I coupon and have price-matched ads for quite some time now, but by no means am I an extreme couponer. For one, it takes extra time to plan meals (which I try to do regularly), plan a grocery list (also do regularly), and then scour the ads and coupons for the best deals. Besides that, I make my own cleaners and use natural laundry detergent, so a majority of what’s in the coupon circular I don’t use. I also try to avoid a lot of processed and packaged foods, which also make up a bulk of the coupons.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t still find good deals on healthy foods, toiletries, paper goods, etc., and a few months ago I set out to do just that. I found that there are several blogs and websites out there that do the work to find current deals and share them with you. I made the mistake of signing up for several and was so overwhelmed I stopped reading all of them (so pick ONE). I didn’t go into depth enough to really compare, but my favorite so far is CouponMom.com. While I still have some learning to do even on this site, here’s what I like so far:
- She gives easy to follow tutorials making it easy to save money on what you already buy (not just buying deals because it’s a deal).
- The site links up to coupons.com, so you can print available coupons in addition to viewing store sale prices. She’ll show you the combined savings with both coupons and store deals.
- You can search by store, restaurant, or deals by state (which is how I usually search), and from there search specific items on your list. If you find a deal you like, you can check it and at the end print all of your deals on one sheet.
- She gives information on each store’s price matching and coupon policy so that you can get the most savings.
- This plan doesn’t encourage you to shop at multiple stores. I’m all for saving money, but at some point you have to weight how much time and gas money you’re spending driving all around town to hit deals at several stores. Since I usually have multiple kids in tow, I want to get my shopping done in one, maybe two stores.