Before reading my post below, remember to head over to JUST PEACHY PHOTOGRAPHY’S website, where my friend Erika is posting the first half about coupon matching and her experience and advice! Click the link at the end of her post to head back over here and finish reading!!
Think about all the possible deals for each store. It would be a lot of work to find them all and then do all the coupon matching, too! Why not use the FREE resources out there to help you get the most from your shopping trip?! There are several great blogs/websites for checking out the best deals and coupon matching for your area. Here area a few of my favorites and the stores I check on their sites:
- JillCataldo – Jewel-Osco, Meijer, Dominick’s, CVS, Walgreens
- HealthyLifeDeals – Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s
- TotallyTarget– Target
If you enjoy finding all the deals and matching your coupons yourself, by all means keep it up! But, if you don’t, check out those blogs and websites! They put them online to make it easier on people to get the most for their money, so take advantage!
A few suggestions to consider when working on shopping lists and coupon matching:
- Be willing to shop more than one grocery store. No ONE store is going to have all the best deals. Look at the ads for your area; consider getting the loss leaders for 2 or 3 stores in the same area and be sure to check for coupons to apply to those huge discounts.
- Plan to stock up on an item or two each trip, only if it’s at a VERY low price. Money is tight for almost everyone these days, but if you find an item deeply discounted (and a coupon to go with it!) grab a few extra to store. Even if you find a fruit or veggie that is hugely discounted and that you could freeze, grab some extras! Of course, be wise and don’t try to stock up on every single item that is at a rock-bottom price if it’s not in your budget!
- Take advantage of price matching. I don’t have a Wal-Mart Supercenter nearby (closest is 30 minutes away, I believe), so I do not shop Wal-Mart for food items all that often but I have heard great things about their price-matching policy and the great one-stop shopping you can do and get other stores’ prices. My sister-in-law does this and it seems to really work for their family. If you have a store nearby that price matches and you a willing to put in the time and effort, do it! It’ll save the extra driving around to other stores…which would be ideal if you’re shopping with little ones! And be sure to check the sites of the coupon matching bloggers!!
Matching coupons does require some time set aside, but if you’ve already committed to saving money for your family, you won’t mind it to find the great deals and coupons! Plus, with all the help from online grocery deals and where to find the coupons for even better savings, you are actually saving time than if you had to do it all from scratch.
So, before you head out this week to shop, check your local ads and look into some of those sites I listed to see which ones you can use to save your family time and money. I am always open to answering any questions about where to find a great blogger who posts sales and coupons. AND, if you have any extra ideas for saving money on groceries, please feel free to post your tip/comment!
See you in 2 weeks for more Tuesday Tips, when we’ll discuss MENU PLANNING….one of my favorite things. 🙂 And, as always, feel free to share any of your tips on how you coupon match to help you and your family save money!