Sunday, November 23, 2008

Grocery Bill Update

Well, I've been using Couponmom.com for a couple weeks now. Thanks Michaela for recommending it. It has helped me SO MUCH with my grocery shopping. In the past few trips I have made I have SAVED: 59%, 44%, 39%, & 53% of my bill. I am finding it so easy to use and am able to get the best deal between my local grocery store and Wal-Mart because I can see many of the comparison prices between stores. Because I've had questions about how I know how much I'm saving, I can only tell how much I save when I go to the grocery store because it prints it on my receipt. Wal-Mart doesn't list my savings other than the actual coupons of course.

One of blogs I've been reading mentioned that the mom only buys meat under $2.00/lb. I was wondering if I could do that as well. Although I don't think I'll say that I won't buy anything over that price, that is the price I have been aiming for. Since waiting for the deals, I've found boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale for $1.88/lb and chicken thighs on sale for $0.99/lb. I also got a turkey for $7.00...that breaks down to $0.64 cents/lb! Oh, and I found sausage for $1.50/lb. So, I've been successful so far. I've yet to find steak for my goal price but I'm still looking for at least a good sale.

I'm amazed at how many things I buy on a regular basis that I can find coupons for. I don't buy a huge amount of premade foods like store bought cookies, chips, cookie dough, pie crusts etc. It always seemed like those were the items I could find tons of coupons for and I didn't think there would be many that I'd use. However, I'm finding coupons for yeast (I bake a lot), sugar, mayonnaise, yogurt, cleaning products, and so much more! Between that and looking to buy items I need that are also on sale, it's really helped me cut down on my grocery bill.

Have any of my readers been working on cutting their grocery costs? If so, how's it going? Any tips, advice, suggestions?

3 comments:

Kristal Sawyer said...

We recently put ourselves on a major budget...so I've too been thinking about checking out couponmom.com...haven't had time yet, with the move, but now you've encouraged me to go for it! I'll let you know how it goes!

Georgia said...

for chicken i stay under $1 per pound by only buying thighs with skin & bone - usually at costco. ground beef seems to have gone up, i rarely use it since the cheapest i regularly see it is costco, which i think is now around $2.50 per pound.

Ryan, Michaela, and Liam said...

I'm so glad to hear the couponsmom website is working for you. I have forgotten to buy a Sunday newspaper for the last three weeks. Oops. I think I might need to order a subscription just for Sundays so I can get the coupons.

Happy Thanksgiving! I will call soon. (: