Today I am excited to bring you another great website and the wonderful person behind it who has taught me how to re-think my groceries. Couponing is all the rage in my town right now. A group of us meet at Starbucks every Sunday night to chat and unwind and lately the chatter has repeatedly turned to how everyone is saving on their groceries!
Honestly, I was confused and skeptical when it came talk of everyone actually saving more than they are spending. I didn’t see how it was possible. Finally, I sat down one night and spent about two hours reading the site everyone was abuzz about, Southern Savers. The very next day I went to the grocery store, spent $120 and saved $140. I left a believer. It has taken me a few weeks to feel like I have the hang of it but I wanted to share with you what I got today and how much I spent.
2 Frozen Pizzas (hey, I have kids! Sometimes they don’t want to eat things I have to photograph first!), two boxes chicken fries, two family size bags chicken nuggets, three 16 oz containers of strawberries…
6 LARGE boxes cereal, 3 -six packs sugar free jello, 4 -six packs apple sauce, four boxes dry pasta…
Two bottles cleaner, two large bottles dish washing gel, five cans cat food (great coupon on those…)
Twelve pack of double roll tissue, Gallon of milk, gallon of orange juice, whole chicken, large roll paper towels…
Two boxes Go-gurt, two bottles kids shampoo, children’s anti cavity rinse, hair spray, two boxes beef rice mix, eight boxes Zatarain’s (stock up coupon on that…)
Loaf of bread, four sticks butter, two bunches bananas, shortcakes, whipped topping, eggs, family sized lasagna (had a great coupon), box washing powders (thats what my granny always called them..washing powders 🙂
Two toothbrushes, two packages barrettes (making Katy hair bows!), All You Magazine (because it has fabulous coupons), another newspaper (for coupons), twelve pack diet green tea, two Glade scented candles, two scented oil thingies (these are almost seven dollars each normally but it was a great coupon!), two sets of refills for the scented oil thingies…
Two bags coffee beans, large bag brown sugar, bag chocolate chips, six cans evaporated milk…and a bottle of water :).
Now, how much do you think I spent on all of that?
LESS THAN $130!
How much did I save?
Yes, I saved more than I spent!
In the past four weeks, my mother and I have saved well over $600!
How did I do this? Ladies and Gentlemen, meet my new friend, Jenny. ~grins~
Jenny’s website, Southern Savers, is a must see for anyone wanting to learn to save big on groceries through couponing. The beauty of it is that Jenny does all of the work for you! I log on and click on where I want to shop. Jenny lists each sale item and if there are coupons available for that item. Many times the coupons are printable online and all you have to do is click the link right next to them to get your coupon! She points out hot deals and lets you know when you should stock up if a deal is unbeatable.
Southern Savers has also introduced me to my new favorite “sport”, CVS-ing. CVS offers Extra Care Dollars on many of their transactions if you have a Extra Care Card. Using a system of purchasing these extra care items and using your extra care dollars to pay for them (Jenny explains how to do all of this here) I have begun stockpiling great household items such as toothpaste, personal care items, shampoo, mouthwash, body wash, and more – FREE. Sometimes I have to pay a little out of pocket, but I leave with store credit when I do!
I know this sounds too good to be true because I honestly didn’t believe it until I began trying it for myself. There is no catch and Southern Savers offers all of these resources free of charge so be sure you go check it out and look into it for yourself.
Here is a little introduction to the basics from Jenny 🙂
How to Save over 50% on groceries, the condensed version…
First couponing isn’t just cutting your paper up and handing over a few coupons every now and then. If that is what you think, then you will save $5 or $10 dollars and become discouraged that it is not worth your time.
True couponing is cutting those coupons from your paper and then saving them until the product you want to buy is on sale. Doing this you can get items for 50-100% off regular price (yes that’s right – FREE).
How?? It is really putting two concepts together:
1. Product prices fluctuate on cycles normally 6-8 weeks long. When an item is at its lowest price in that cycle you want to buy enough of that item to get you through until it comes back on sale. An example, your family eats 1 box of cereal a week, so you buy 6 boxes when it is on sale to get you through the sale cycle.
2. When it is a rock bottom price you use your coupons to reduce the price even lower. Grab some extra copies of coupons that you will use a lot of by purchasing more papers, getting friends papers, or buying the individual coupons online.
That’s the basics! Pretty simple and yet so many of us have never put these things together.
If I don’t have you convinced let me spell it out with money.
You can buy 1 box every week for 6 weeks, or buy all 6 boxes on sale.
That’s one product and you have saved $20.34. Now think of the other 200 products that the average family buys a month. Even if you didn’t have coupons for all of your items, if you wait until the product is on sale to purchase it you are still saving.
Want some more tips to save even more?
- Most stores let you “stack” store coupons with a manufacturer coupon. This means you can use 2 coupons for one product!
- Give up any brand loyalties. If you can get something for 10¢ versus $1 there isn’t much to make you loyal!
- House brands are rarely the best deal. There are not many coupons for house brand items. Stores have trained us to think that their brands are a deal, but really the store makes the most profit off their own items. An example, you can buy house brand frozen vegetables for.88¢ on sale, or you can get a name brand for FREE.
- Buying at bulk stores is not really a savings. This is the case for two reasons. First, the bulk stores do not take coupons. Second, the large boxes are usually two or three little boxes together. If you could use a coupon you would do better using 3 coupons on 3 little boxes than 1 coupon on a big box.
~Thank you, Jenny, for such a great introduction!~
If your head is spinning, don’t worry, Jenny does all the work for you and explains everything in details over at Southern Savers!
To read the same information I used to learn how to save big on my groceries, visit Jenny’s Getting Started Guides by clicking here!
Stay tuned the rest of this week for MORE ways to save on groceries AND have better meals in the process!
I’m also going to be bringing you some economical recipes as well!
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