With four kids, saving money is a big deal for me. Our biggest expense that I can save on right now is groceries! My kids eat a lot and as they get older the bill gets higher. I have found ways to economize without sacrificing the quality of the food we buy. Now I'm not a coupon clipper but I appreciate walking out of the grocery store knowing I just saved up to 30% off of my bill because I took the time to find some discounts. Here's how I do it:
• Sign up for your store's grocery card as well as email list! While I know some people don't like being on yet another mailing list, the savings do add up. My local store emails coupons that I can only get through them via email. Also, when you visit the coupon sites I will list below, as well as your grocery store's site, you may find that you can load coupons right onto your card which means no printing or worrying about forgetting them in your car!
• Pay attention to the coupons that are printed at the register. When you get your receipt, most stores now hand you a coupon that also printed out. I have scored several $15 off of my grocery bill coupons to use at my next visit.
• Scoop up extras when they are on sale! I buy frozen fruit for smoothies and the price can fluctuate a lot. When I see a bag of frozen, organic berries fall under $2, I buy a bunch of them. I also do the same with produce. A lot of things can be frozen if you aren't going to use it all right away. Buy those strawberries when they are on sale and freeze them!
• Buy in season produce. People sometimes forget this when they plan meals and are looking through their cookbook figuring out what to make. In season will be cheaper!
• Frequent your local farmer's markets. You will have a much better variety of in season produce than what's at most grocery stores. Not only will you get a sense for which produce is local and is in season, the farmers are willing to tell you how it's is grown. And bring the kids! You all may end up trying something new. (Have you ever tried kohlrabi?!? Yum!!)
• Use printable coupon sites. This is much easier than taking out scissors and clipping them out of those inserts in your Sunday paper. While it may take a bit of effort to run through the huge list of coupons available, they do have some you will be glad you found. Here are my favorite sites for those:
Coupon Mom - This site has a ton of information and can be overwhelming! Just focus on what you are looking for and go back when you have some free time and pick through it. If you really enjoy her site and want to delve deeper, Stephanie Nelson put all of her advice into a very affordable, $6.00 book you can pick up called The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half: The Strategic Shopping Method Proven to Slash Food and Drugstore Costs
Coupon Divas - Similar to Coupon Mom
Mambo Sprouts - Want organic coupons? Here's the place to find them without having to pick through a bunch of ones you would never use!
Common Kindness - Again, another not so overwhelming site that also has a feel good factor beyond your savings. You get to pick a local charity that they give a percentage back to with every coupon you use. I have found that they carry some coupons that I haven't seen on any of the other sites.
• Use group buy discount sites! I have scored two vouchers recently for grocery stores this way. One was for Whole Foods and one was for a local natural food store. Both got me half off of a certain value. One was a pay $20 and get a voucher for $40 to spend there. Here are a couple of those sites:
Both sites also have apps that you can download to your mobile device. This is handy if you forgot to print your voucher or decided to make a last minute stop and wanted to see if there were any discounts available.
If you enjoyed this blog, I have some other great sites to help you save on online shopping, eating out, travel and even family entertainment. I know back to school shopping is coming up fast for some of you and Christmas is really not that far off. If you start bargain hunting now, it can really pay off! Make sure you sign up for the RSS feed or email so you don't miss that one! And feel free to add any of your favorite sites in the comments below!
As a Parent Coach and Mentor, my passion lies in empowering parents to make the best decisions they can for their children and their families as a whole. As a well-trained coach, I can be your facilitator and accountability partner for long-lasting, meaningful change that has a permanent, positive impact for your family. By focusing on the values that you hold most important in your life, I can help you create and maintain the type of parenting relationship you want to have with your children, now and into their adulthood.
I am a homeschooling mom of four children in Massachusetts. I am also the author of a book called The Herbal Beverage Book, which can be found on amazon or directly on my website. When not coaching, writing or spending time with the family, I enjoy Hayao Miyazaki films, new and classic Dr. Who episodes, anything related to American history and a great glass of mead.
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