Saving as much as possible has always been important. Today, it’s more important than ever, in fact it’s a necessity. There are two ways to save big money. First, a chest freezer is an absolute must if you’re going to save money on groceries. Secondly, using coupons on sale items saves big. It only takes a little time and effort to save.
First, a freezer is a must. If you don’t have one buy one, either on payments, get a used one, or save for one. You will save enough on groceries to make the payments. Once it’s paid for, the savings then go into your pocket. I never buy anything that isn’t on sale. My husband calls me “the squirrel” because when something we use is on sale, I stock up on it.
Second, search the sale papers. If you don’t get the local paper, most grocery stores have websites with their sale papers on them. Then search your coupons for items that are on sale. That’s the time to buy. I always try to compound sales with coupons to maximize my savings.
Every week we look for sales, not little ones either. Our local grocer occasionally sells nuclear boneless, skinless, chicken breasts in ten pound bags for 1.86 a pound. When on sale I buy fifty pounds. When you consider the regular price of boneless, skinless chicken breast average 3.49 a pound, fifty pounds would cost 174.50 but buying fifty pounds when on sale you buy the same amount for 93.00. That is a savings of 81.50. Usually forty or fifty pounds will last until the next time they are on sale again.
Another item that goes on sale at a regular interval is pork loin. Normally, it’s 3.99 a pound. I would never pay 3.99 a pound! On a regular basis the store will sell a whole pork loin for 1.99 a pound, sliced free! That’s a 2.00 a pound savings so if you buy a ten pound pork loin you save 20.00. Cheese freezes well, when cheese is on sale I stock up on it. Usually, the sliced goes on sale for 1.00 to 1.50 a package when normally it costs 2.75; I buy a case and freeze it. One particular brand of shredded cheese goes on sale for 1.45 for a 16 oz package, when now they are averaging 2.75 or more. That’s time to “squirrel” up the cheese.
Thirdly, coupons are a good way to add to your savings. For example, if you get a fifty cent coupon for toothpaste and your store has double coupon, go through the dollar isle of the store. My local grocer sells toothpaste in the dollar isle for just that, one dollar. Every time I get a coupon for fifty cents or a dollar off I grab a tube, which means I get all my toothpaste for free. Another item is crackers. If you buy snack crackers like Town House or Club, sometimes they go on sale for 2.00 a box instead of 3.65, then with a coupon for fifty cents off on two, that makes it 1.50 a box which is a total savings of 2.15 a box. Stock up especially if it’s on sale and you have more than one coupon for something.
Here are some of my favorite places to obtain coupons on the internet.
- Wow Printable Coupons. http://www.wow-coupons.com/grocery.php Enter your zip code for local coupons and savings. There are so many on this website you will find coupons for what you are looking for. Retail, Grocery, Restaurant, Travel, Rebates, Retail Store Sales, Online Coupons, and WOW Coupons.
- Smartsource. http://coupons.smartsource.com This site is similar to WOW except you can not only enter your zip code you can select by Category and Brand.
- RetailMeNot.com. http://www.retailmenot.com/printable/ This is a good site to find local coupons in your area. Enter your zip code and any local stores that have coupons will be listed.
- dailyedeals.comhttp://www.dailyedeals.com/free_online_coupons/ This site has a directory of coupons by product category and by store name.
- Mysavings.comhttp://www.mysavings.com/ This one has a Mysavings toolbar that is nice.
Also, don’t forget that sometimes your local department store will sell items like beverages, snacks, soup, and peanut butter cheaper than the grocery store and using a coupon adds to the savings. We have a local store that recently had V8 juice on sale for 1.66 a can. Of course, I love V8 so I bought a case of it. Peanut butter is another item our local department store sells cheaper than the grocery store and it is name brand peanut butter.
It takes a little time to get the hang of when to stock up on certain things. By shopping the same store every week though, notice their habits. For example, if I notice the end caps being cleared out and something new being stocked, I know it’s going on sale in the next day or two. Plus, check to see if your grocery store has their sale paper online. Ours puts theirs out the day before the sale. That way I can look and see if something is going on sale the next day before I go shopping.
If you stock up on items that are freezable when they are on sale, add to your savings with coupons, and learn the frequency of the store you shop at you can maximize your savings.