The secret to saving money on your weekly grocery bill is to buy your items when their price is at their lowest.  I know you’re saying, “Well, okay, duh.”  But this can take some skill.

Step One: Start collecting coupons.

Step Two: Start following blogs (like this one!) and websites to find when a sale matches up best with a coupon you have.

Step Three: Start creating a stockpile. A stockpile allows you to have the luxury of only buying items when they are on sale, not because you absolutely need them.

Step Four: Buy when an item is at its sale cycle low, use a coupon on it, and buy enough of that item to get you through to the next sale on that item.

Step Five: Be Patient. It took me a few months to have enough of a stockpile built to feel like I really got my grocery bill down.  On average, I spend approximately $60-70/wk for a family of 4, including 2 babies.  My savings has not reached the 80% mark yet consistently, but it will on occasion (sometimes even exceeding it!).  So, be patient, continue saving, and your budget will go down!

Be sure to check out the Shopping Guides at the right to get the most for your money at your neighborhood store.

Common Myths:

  • Couponing takes so much time.
    • REALITY: If you use a clip-less system, such as described on Jill Cataldo’s blog, you are only looking at approximately 1 hour a week, especially if you rely on the blogs to tell you which deals to do. If you are trying to match up your own deals, you could spend more time.
  • It is always better to shop at a warehouse store like Costco or Sam’s Club.
    • REALITY: This is not always the case.  With SuperCouponing, the goal is to get items for as little as possible. FREE is better.
  • There are not any coupons for organic and natural products.
    • REALITY: There are coupons for nearly every product, including organic items. Even produce and meat. You just need to know where to look.

The BIG reality is that with SuperCouponing you should never:

  • pay anything for shampoo, deodorant, razors or other health & beauty items
  • pay full price for anything, if you can help it.
  • not be able to “share the wealth” and donate to your local food pantry and homeless shelters.

If you have a question, please ask!

2 Responses to “Grocery Savings”

  1. Amy Walker Says:

    Hi! I’m a frugal green blogger too! 🙂 I’m starting a series called “Interview With An Expert” where people can share their expertise in saving on groceries, for one. I’d love to feature you sharing about SuperCouponing! Check out my blog and let me know if you’re interested! http://www.thecheapandchoosy.com

    :),
    Amy

    1. MJ Says:

      I emailed you separately, but I would be definitely interested. Email me at greenfrugalmama@gmail.com and we can hash out details!
      -MJ

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