A few years ago, I really scrutinized my grocery bill and I was shocked with how much I was really paying for everyday items, without even thinking about it. Part of it was I was working and I didn’t do any preparation for my shopping trips. That day, I began my crusade to reduce my grocery bill.
Part of my mission included looking for deals and such on the internet. That is when I stumbled across the Grocery Game (grocerygame.com). The gist of the Grocery Game is to match your coupons with the weekly sales to really maximize savings. It is unbelievable how much you can save if you truly discipline yourself to go through the circulars and match up the weekly coupons. On weeks that there are a lot of coupons, I buy multiple papers so I can stock up on supplies. Over time, you get an idea of how often certain items go on sale. For instance, at my local Meijer, I know how much Salsa to buy each sale (usually buy one, get one free) to hold me over until the next sale.
So the whole process is this:
1. Get coupons from as many people as you can
2. Match your coupons with the sales each week. (If you subscribe to grocerygame.com, their lists do this for you.)
3. Stock up! Buy as much of each product as you will use until the next sale. Of course, this requires a lot of storage space. Also, only do this if it is truly a great deal.
4. Only buy products that you truly need. However, if you can ever get something for free, grab it and donate it if it is not a product you will use.
Warning, this can be addicting, and can also totally alter the way you view grocery prices. I absolutely cringe if I have to pay full price for something. Coupons do not exist for many products, so you just have to take advantage of great deals on those. Anymore, if I don’t save at least 40 percent on my grocery bill, I am disappointed and mad.
Give it a try and let me know how it goes!