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Tanya - posted on 09/13/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I need suggestions to save money on groceries. Can anyone help?

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Melinda - posted on 09/13/2012

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Go to www.coupons.com., Some stores allow you to stack (using the store and manufacter coupon for the same item) Some grocery stores have double and triple coupons. I go to the dollar store for all my toletries and cleaning products..they are accepting coupons there now.



Buy all your meats for the month one shopping trip(look for deals..Acme and Giant sometimes have 4 meats for 19.99) I purchase the store brand. Get a store card (ie Shaws, Acme..)



On coupons.com ou choose your grocery store, put the store card number in, "clip" your coupons, they upload to your card...they scan your store card at the register and the coupons are applied to your order.



I bought a binder and plastic see through pages to help with organizing all the coupons. Go to www.target.com,they and most grocery stores give you 5 cents back for bag reuse. www.retailmenot.com www.fatwallet.com. Good Luck.

CelloMom - posted on 09/23/2012

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Cook from scratch (if you have time). Pre-packaged foods are expensive, loaded with preservatives, mostly packaged in plastic, and never tastes as good as home made.

Buy only what you know for sure you'll eat. When food goes bad and you need to throw it out, that's money going into the trash can. (I had a really hard time learning this one).

Buy less meat. It's better for your body and for the planet anyway.

Stay on the perimeter of the grocery store: it's where the fresh stuff is. The isles have packaged foods; up to half of what you pay is the cost of packaging.



If you're really into it, consider joining a CSA (community supported agriculture), where you buy a share in a farm ahead of time, and get vegetables and fruits delivered weekly. Mine is the kind where you pick up part of the harvest in the barn, and you get to go out into the fields to get the rest (which I find calming). For $16 and 1-1/2 hours of my time last week, I got: 1 bunch kale, 1 bunch cilantro, 2 eggplants, 3 bell peppers, 2 zucchini, 1 head lettuce, 1/2 lb arugula, 1/2 lb cherry tomatoes, 3 lbs slicing tomatoes, 2lbs heirloom tomatoes, 3 qts sauce tomatoes, 3 qts green beans, 2 qts edamame beans, bunch mint, bunch oregano, exotic basil, 6 sunflowers and as many other flowers as I want. This is down from the peak in the summer. Oh, and it's all organic. Besides feeding my family of 4, I froze some beans and some pasta sauce, and traded some tomatoes for my neighbor's chard and figs.

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Kim - posted on 10/24/2012

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Hi Tanya,



I know you are looking for suggestions to save money on groceries, but would you be interested in saving money on gas? How would you like to make money everytime you pump gas? If you are interested in learning how you can save money on gas and increase your fuel economy, then please feel free to message me. I would love to help you keep your hard earned money in your pocket.



I hope that you find this information helpful.



Take Care,



Kim

Tanya - posted on 09/27/2012

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I know, isn't it a gem! I can't believe I have never heard of the site before now.

Tanya - posted on 09/26/2012

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CelloMom! Me and cooking from scratch do not mix, although I wish we did because that sounds like a great way to save on groceries. I will have to look into the CSA deal since it sounds like a great way to get veggies. Maybe I can set something up for next spring since it will probably be hard to harvest during the winter.

Tanya - posted on 09/26/2012

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Arissa, I will have to try out Coupon Mom; it sounds great. I've been using adcomparisons.com to look at all of the weekly ads online. It helps me plan out dinners for the week since all the ads are all there in one place. The site also shows prices at all of the stores near me. The only thing is you can't load coupons or anything to your loyalty card.



As for the Huggies, I have a feeling baby products will always be expensive since there is really no way to get around using them.

Arissa - posted on 09/22/2012

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Personally I do both! I recently signed up to Coupon Mom and found that several of the coupons I get there are also in the paper (nothing wrong with having too many though!) and sometimes they coincide either with new items the store is introducing or items that are on sale. They will even give you a list of deals at your local grocers and show you your savings when paired with their coupons. And you don't have to pay to join them!

Side question, does anyone have tips for non-food items, like Huggies? I find that no matter what I save on food, the baby items will always put me out moneywise. I enter my reward codes online but I think I have a long way to go before I can see savings this way.

Tanya - posted on 09/18/2012

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I have never thought of shopping at the high end department stores to get the gift cards. That's a great idea. As for the coupons, do you typically cut them out of the Sunday paper or find them online?

Melinda - posted on 09/14/2012

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I did not think I had the energy. I lved in PA and went to a new grocery store, decided to clip some coupons. My bill was 150.00...after my coupons my bill was 80.00...It was a triple coupon day. I know it seems daunting at first, now after the house is asleep I clip. It is worth it.



I also go to the high end department stores spend the 35.00 and get the Gift with purchase which is usually 100.00 in Make-up. Sounds silly..I did that at a couple of different make-up counters. You have the high end stuff without paying a ton of money. I got a 110.00 jar of moisturizer for free b/c the sales women apologized for taking to long.



One more thing..If your children are still in Diapers..sometimes Target has a deal if you purchase 2 or more diapers..they will give you a 10.00 gift card.

Tanya - posted on 09/14/2012

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Melinda- Thank you so much for the advice! With two kids and a husband it's hard to save money on groceries and that is probably one of our top expenses. I agree, couponing is a great way to cut back on costs but I guess I just don't have the energy to put into it!

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