You know that I love to save money on groceries by using coupons. And after six weeks of subsistence grocery shopping, I’m getting back in the saddle again. I haven’t really clipped a coupon or snagged a major grocery deal since before Christmas! What’s going on here?
Well, we ate from the pantry in January and then I cooked a bunch of freezer meal components before I went to Nashville. But since the fam was stranded at home while I was gone — due to car trouble — it seems that the cupboard is bare! It could be, too, that my four boys are each starting to eat a lot more. Time to get back at it and work to build my pantry stores back up.
Here’s how I plan to do it:
- Gather a new collection of coupons. In case you didn’t know, you can print a ton of great coupons from Coupons.com as well as get a head’s up on Sunday’s newspaper coupons by checking out the Sunday Coupon Preview. You can also sign up with several manufacturers, like HomeMadeSimple (Swiffer, Cascade, Dawn) and VocalPoint, to receive coupons
- Keep my coupon bag up to date. I relocated my coupon collection to an old purse. Ain’t she purty? My wallet even fits inside and no one’s the wiser that I have 100′s of dollars of money-saving devices right at my fingertips.
- Start scanning the ads for loss leaders and other great coupon match-ups. I am going to count on my coupon buddy (hint, hint) to help me get back in the swing of things, too.
- Try not to get carried away. I really thought that I could lower our grocery bill to $400 this month. But, with being out of town and having company early in the month, it’s not going to happen. I also want to keep in mind our food goals for the year. So, putting a curb on my shopping will be absolutely necessary, but I need to loosen the belt a little on that $400. I’ve got four growing boys!
Do YOU coupon? Why or why not?