Focusing on Groceries to save money
Why on earth should you cut coupons and shop the grocery store sales? Why concentrate so much on saving money at the grocery store–unless you become an Extreme Couponer, you don’t save that much? I’ve heard it said many times from some otherwise very smart people.
Think about some of your fixed expenses: mortgage or rent, car payments, insurance premiums, utilities (if you’re on the budget plan), gas prices (kind of) etc. You can shop around for the best rates on your insurance and mortgages, but beyond that, there isn’t a way to cut costs.
Now think about some of your variable expenses: entertainment budget, clothing budget, and food budget. You can cut out your entertainment budget completely–my husband and I have had to do it several times in our married life. Clothing budget, same thing. Just keep wearing what you’ve got and don’t buy anything new. Or shop St. Vinnie’s where adult clothing is $2 a piece last I checked. But your grocery budget… everyone has to eat!
Last week I wrote two posts on area grocery stores, showing which stores had the lowest overall every day prices (Woodmans and Aldis came out on top). And I also provided some other observations in another post, talking about which stores had the best prices in particular categories.
That’s all fine and well, but you don’t want to pay every day prices all the time. You can still save more money on groceries, simply by shopping the sales and going to more than one store. A few weeks ago I showed you with one Festival Food run, I shopped the sales and saved over 40% off my bill just by shopping their sales flyer–very minimal effort made. Last week I did the same and took a few extra minutes to scrounge up coupons for some of the deals on the Festy flyer. That trip, I “saved” 61% off my bill. A trip to Copps last week also garnered me groceries where I “saved” 79% off my bill.
See what I mean?