You don’t have to clip coupons to save big money!

For most people, clipping coupons is not the most exciting thing in the world.  I know, can you believe that?!?  Just kidding!  Seriously though, it takes a lot of time and energy to commit yourself to it.  No matter how streamline your system is you still have to acquire the coupons, sort them, organize them and if you use some kind of binder or envelope method, you need to clip them too.  All of this takes time and many people just don’t have any to spare.  Personally, the extra time and energy it takes is well worth it for the money I am able to save every month.

If coupon clipping isn’t your thing, don’t worry!  You can still save BIG on your grocery bill each month.  By simply shopping sales and purchasing items at their rock bottom prices, you can shave 40-50% off your grocery budget.  Purchasing items at their lowest price AND combining them with coupons is how us nutty couponers save big!  Here’s a few tips to make your grocery bill a little smaller without having to clip:

CLEAN OUT YOUR FRIDGE!  Do you know what your family is throwing away each week?  Knowing what your family consumes regularly is a crucial part of saving.  Buying items because they are a steal isn’t saving you money if you end up throwing it out.  If your family won’t eat it or won’t consume it before it goes bad, don’t spend the money.

BUY LOW!  You want to purchase items that you use at the lowest price possible!  Do you know what you are paying for the items your family uses regularly?  Start watching prices and you’ll see what a roller coaster those babies ride on over the course of a month.  Know what YOUR lowest price is!  What do you feel comfortable paying?  I’ve held off buying items until they hit a “rock bottom” price per some blog and I ended up missing out on what could have been a huge savings for me.  Prices fluctuate by region and they won’t always be as low for you as they are for someone say, in Texas for example.    NEVER pay full price!!!  Once you start paying attention it will become a lot easier to spot a great deal!

STOCKPILE!  How much does your family use each month?  Do you know how many boxes of cereal you go through, or how much shampoo you use?  This is important to know!  It will help you decide how much of a particular item you should purchase when it hits that rock-bottom price.  Sales tend to cycle through about every 3 to 6 months.  This is why most couponing blogs tell you to have a stock pile of items that will last you for that amount of time.  Once you’ve found a deal that makes you smile grab enough to get your family through to the next sale cycle.  If you come across a fantastic deal along the way, grab one or 2 so you can maintain that constant 3 to 6 month pile.

GET TO KNOW YOUR STORE ADS!  Sit down each week with the store circulars and search for the best deals at each store in your area.  Grab a colored marker or sharpie or highlighter and circle  the deals that stick out for you.  Once you’re done, start comparing notes.  Which store has the best bang for your buck? 

STORE LOYALTY??  To save the most money you really can’t be loyal to just one store.  I know, I know… it’s just so much easier to make one stop!  If you want to save big, you need to chase the deals.  However, if you are going to run through a tank of gas to save $5.00 that’s not smart either.  You get what I’m trying to say here, right?!?! 🙂  After checking out your circulars, find the store(s) that offers you the best deal on the products you use!  Sometimes Safeway will be the place to go, sometimes it’s Albertsons, etc.  Often times I will hit numerous stores in my vicinity and snag various items at each one.

PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!!!!  Did I mention plan?  This is HUGE!  You absolutely need to have a plan before you head to the store.  Having your menu planned out for the week will keep you from coming home with a pile of stuff that won’t work together.  Think meals!!  Try planning your menus based on items that are on sale each week.  Keep your menus basic and stock up on items that can be used in a variety of ways.  Pastas, rice, soups, beans, etc.

All of these simple steps combined will help you save a load of cash!  Sounds complicated, sure.  Time consuming, yeah at first.  But wouldn’t you rather give up a little time instead of giving up a lot of cash?   






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