If you go into the store without a grocery list to do your weekly shopping you’re likely to spend more and forget a few necessary items. Eventually, you’ll have to go back for those necessary items and end up grabbing a few more things you may not necessarily need. Making a grocery list also helps you take full advantage of the money saving power of manufacturer coupons. Here are a few tips to help you merge your grocery coupons and your grocery list to save the most money on every trip.
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If you’ve ever watched the TV realty series Extreme Couponing, you know that it is humanly possible to walk out of the grocery store with several hundred dollars worth of merchandise for pocket change. Though the people on the show pretty much coupon full time and a lot of what they get can’t be incorporated into a weekly meal plan, it is inspirational. Check for coupons online and printable coupons, subscribe to the Sunday paper and get you a coupon wallet to keep everything organized. You don’t have to go extreme to save money.
Meal Planning for the Coupon Mom
On Sunday, after you’ve talked your kids into clipping out all of the coupons out of the paper’s insert, sit down with your computer and lay out all of the coupons. Pick out what you can use to make your meals for the week and file the rest of the coupons in alphabetical order for later use. Search for weekly specials online at your local grocery store and try and find any other online coupons you may need to fill in the gaps. This way you’re basing your weekly meal plan around the coupons efficiently rather than using one coupon towards a meal that you need 15 non-discounted ingredients to make.
Grocery Shopping Made Easy
When you head to the grocery store you want to have a clean, hand written or printable grocery list, your stack of coupons for that week’s food and stable blood sugar so you don’t deviate from your list due to temptation. There is no need to carry around coupons that you won’t be using that week. Remember that buying superfluous items at a discount still costs money, so try and use coupons that help you save on the things you actually need and not use them as an excuse to buy a bunch of unnecessary stuff.
Grocery coupons may seem like a hassle, but once you get the hang of it they really can save you 10-20% a week. Try these organization methods and see if you can’t save enough money to make it worth the effort. There’s nothing like free coupons saving you enough over the course of a month to completely justify a night out to dinner!