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You know what I LOVE more than anything? Saving money! Oh my gosh a good bargain and I am all in (thus the reason I need to be rich - but that's for another day, Mama)! I look for ways to save on EVERYTHING - travel, clothes, hotels, and especially groceries!
I used to think the only way to save money on our grocery bill was to buy generic brands, but finally realized I could buy the name brand stuff, sometimes cheaper, with a little planning and couponing! In today's online shopping, grocery pick-up/delivery world it is actually easier than ever - and I'm going to explain exactly how you do it, with just a little more time, and one more little extra step!
First (and probably most important), make a list! Shopping without a list is total savings sabotage! It's not happening! You'll find everything you don't need and add 15 things to your cart before you get through the cereal aisle!
Sit down for 20 mins and plan out what meals you want to have for the following week. Will you need anything for lunches? Snacks? And finally, what household items do you need? List them all out, then add any ingredients you need for each meal. Now, search through your cabinets to see what you already have or can use to substitute a specific item. There is absolutely no reason to buy something you already have!
Now that your list has been dwindled down to what you absolutely need to get, we get to the fun, money saving part! This next "extra" step will save you a bundle!
With stores like Walmart, Dillons, Kroger, Hyvee and Price Chopper (and probably several more in your area) offering online ordering you can easily see where your items are cheaper, in just a few minutes, without scouring through the paper ads every Sunday!
Once my list is made I log on to the Walmart Grocery To Go site and I act like I'm going to place an online order. I simply type in each of my items and add them to my cart, making sure the quantity is correct for each one. As I go along, the website gives me a nice little list of each item plus the price of each, and a final total at the end! Once I have them all typed in, I move to the next store, which in my case (area) is Dillons.
I log onto their system and add each item to my cart, but this time noting if the item is cheaper at Walmart or Dillons. I then separate my list from earlier (that we dwindled down), into a "Buy at Wal-mart List", and a "Buy at Dillons List".
At this point, Mama, you have two choices.
1. Take each of your lists and head to that respective store. Yes, you are shopping at two different stores, and yes, it's going to take you a little more time, but I have personally found that doing this saves between $25 and $40 PER SHOPPING TRIP, without the use of coupons! That's up to an extra $120 each month that can go into your savings, toward debt payoff, or just added to your fun money!
2. OR...if you hate standing in that checkout lane and fighting the crowds, (or would rather use that shopping time to go to the gym, sit outside in the sunshine, take a bath...whatever you like to do for "me" time) just place each of the orders on your store's online grocery website and pick up at your designated time! Super easy! Super Fast! And you just got through both stores in less than 30 mins, with a trunk full of groceries, AND you still saved your $25-$40 for the week! Now you're winning, Mama!!
Ohhh...You want MORE than $25-$40 in savings each week? No problem! I got you covered there too, Mama! One word - COUPONING!!
Now, there is Couponing and there is Extreme Couponing! I am personally a Couponing girl. Do I know how to Extreme Coupon? Yes! Is it Awesome? Yes! Do I have space for a stockpile? No! Therefore in this house we use whatever coupons are available for what we are going to personally use. Of course, if I happen to have a BOGO coupon or .50 off of 2 items, we're going to get 2, even if we only need one. But if I have 5 BOGO coupons and I know we won't use that many of that item, I leave my extra coupons, on the shelf, next to that item so that some other Mama can use it! (Look at that...being all nice and generous, using my heart again! See, I use it more than people think!)
You can get coupons from LOTS of different places. Most stores have a savings card program that you can sign up for and you will automatically get a reduced price on some products and are able to load electronic coupons onto your account that will automatically be taken off your order when you pay. Of course, we also have several ways to clip, download, and print coupons!
Click here to download my FREE list of the best Coupon Printing Websites! You don't even have to search! This is a point and click list - you go right to the site!!
To do a really good job of couponing it does take some organization. If you want to save the most it is going to be a really good idea to get, or make, some sort of couponing binder or other divided envelope system so that you can easily see and know what products you have coupons for and when they expire. Each week you'll want to sort through your coupons, throwing out any that have expired, adding new ones to their respective categories and matching them to your grocery list for the week!
If you want to really learn how to use this system and do some serious couponing - you can take The Tipsy Mama's Complete Couponing Course, where you'll get your choice of a super cute Coupon Binder or Wallet Organizer, Category Templates/Stickers, Coupon Holder/Divider Slickies, Detailed How To, Shedules and Unlimited email/messenger support from me, personally!!
Ok, Mama! Now get your list made, compare stores and buy cheap! Save some major $$ and go have a little fun! Treat yourself, with that extra moolah, to a mani/pedi, get your hair colored...or grab a bottle of Moscato (ohhh...that's my favorite), your glass and a comfy spot, and just relax for a bit!!
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