Have you ever watched Extreme Couponing on TLC? There is a fine line between stockpiling and hoarding. However, we can all learn a few new tips to stretch our dollars. My blog can suggest so many ways to save money, I hope you will become a regular reader!
Try these money-saving ideas one by one. See which ones work best for you and keep chipping away at that grocery bill. First, think about how much time you want to devote to your extreme or not so extreme couponing.
How Much Do You Spend?
The average family spends about $7,000 a year on food and groceries and the cost of buying groceries keeps going up! It’s time to tighten things up, for you and for me. You don’t have to resort to extreme coupon shopping, but you can cut down your grocery bills. A casual coupon clipper can save a thousand dollars a year. An organized one can save so much more.
Here are several tried and true ways to save money on groceries. You may want to bookmark this post so you can try these money-saving tips one at a time. It does take some time initially, but if you can get in and out of the store quicker, you will save more money.
1. Learn the coupon policies at the stores that you shop at. Do they double or triple coupons? Do they accept competitors coupons? Can you combine a manufacturer’s coupon with a store coupon? Do they have a rain check policy? Is there a limit to how many coupons that you can use in one transaction? If there coupon policy is found on their website, print it out and always have it with you in case you encounter someone who does not know the store policy. Trust me, this happens often.
2. Get a map of the layout of the grocery store. Make a master list of your grocery items organized by aisle on your computer in a word document. Don’t write a new list each time you shop. Update your word document and add items to it as needed.
3. Find an organizing system for your coupons that works for you. I use one envelope for each aisle of the store and put the matching coupons in that envelope. Some people prefer a binder or a coupon holder.
4. Start small. Often, readers tell me that they just don’t have the time for all that clipping and sorting. Don’t let perfection get in the way of progress. Choose just a few items to start with and always clip those coupons. Perhaps start with cleaning supplies, or paper goods, or health care products. If you have a child in diapers, then you need diaper coupons. Ask friends and family to clip diaper coupons for you. You can never have enough diaper coupons. Donate or give away the ones you don’t need. I ask my readers to leave them next to the diapers in the grocery store to bless someone.