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Grocery Geek Rides Again!

Posted By Jessica Fisher On February 13, 2010 @ 1:59 am In Budget Living,Grocery Geek | 21 Comments


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 [5] in January and then I cooked a bunch of freezer meal components [6] 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:

  1. Gather a new collection of coupons [7]. In case you didn’t know, you can print a ton of great coupons from Coupons.com [8] as well as get a head’s up on Sunday’s newspaper coupons [9]by checking out the Sunday Coupon Preview [9]. You can also sign up with several manufacturers, like HomeMadeSimple [10] (Swiffer, Cascade, Dawn) and VocalPoint [11], to receive coupons
  2. Keep my coupon bag up to date. I relocated my coupon collection [12] 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.
  3. Start scanning the ads for loss leaders [13] and other great coupon match-ups [14]. I am going to count on my coupon buddy [15] (hint, hint) to help me get back in the swing of things, too.
  4. Try not to get carried away [16]. 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 [17]. 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?

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[5] ate from the pantry: http://goodcheapeats.com/category/eat-from-the-pantry-challenge/

[6] cooked a bunch of freezer meal components: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/02/freezer-cooking-the-final-analysis.html

[7] Gather a new collection of coupons: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/05/adventures-in-couponing-8-great-ways-to.html

[8] print a ton of great coupons from Coupons.com: http://partners.mysavings.com/z/4144/CD1032/

[9] a head’s up on Sunday’s newspaper coupons : http://enlnks.com/aff_c?offer_id=12&aff_id=284

[10] HomeMadeSimple: http://partners.mysavings.com/z/3994/CD1032/

[11] VocalPoint: http://vocalpoint.com/index.html

[12] my coupon collection: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/05/coupons-you-gotta-know-how-to-hold-em.html

[13] loss leaders: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/12/grocery-geek-presents-whats-loss-leader.html

[14] other great coupon match-ups: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/06/shop-listing.html

[15] my coupon buddy: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/10/grocery-geek-presents-find-coupon-buddy.html

[16] Try not to get carried away: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/05/you-know-youre-grocery-geek-when.html

[17] our food goals for the year: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/12/good-cheap-eats-food-goals-for-new-year.html

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