How I was able to save 145.96$ on my grocery shopping trip yesterday

@smartmom (827)
United States
April 2, 2007 3:12pm CST
Yes, it is true. I actually managed to save 145.96$ yesterday on my weekly grocery trip. I buy two Sunday newspapers every week, and I search for the best deals - that is how I did it. Combining sales and coupons gets me very far. My savings this week: Winn-Dixie Reward card and advertised savings: 30.09$ Manufacturers coupons: 13.79$ Gift Card 10.00$ Total Savings at Winn Dixie 53.88$ I received the gift card through a General Mills/WD promotiion in February. Publix Advertised savings: 16.67$ Manufacturers coupons 9.00$ Total savings at Publix: 25.57$ Walgreens Advertised savings: 7.70$ Manufacturers coupons: 6.75$ Total savings at Walgreens: 14.45$ Total grocery savings: 125.29$ My family is also eligiblie for WIC WIC Savings: 52.06$ Total grocery savings incl. WIC: 145.96$ My family has a very tight budget, so I would like to know, if any of you have any additional tips on how to save on grocery shopping. With two children using diapers we currently have a weekly grocery budget of 100$, and mostly I get it down to 80$. How can I save even more? If any of you have any saving tips, I would really love to hear them. Thanks
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• United States
10 Apr 07
Wow, you did fantastic. Thanks for the tips and congratulations. I gave you another ++ for your posting. I appreciate your help. I never save any money with food, I just skip buying things. I will try what you did now. Bless you. M&M
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@smartmom (827)
• United States
10 Apr 07
Thanks for the nice response Margieanneart, I sure hope you can use some of my tips. I love to help other people save. I really do save a lot of money every week, and I do not know, how my family would be able to survive, if I did not make a conscious effort to save on groceries and every other way possible.
@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
3 Apr 07
I really do not have any tips to offer because it seems like you already are doing a great job with the tips that you know. I think I might need to ask you for tips instead.When it comes to grocery shopping I do have one tip and that is not to buy name brand but instead buy store brand as much as you can. Congratulations on being able to save the way you have. I wish I could say that I am able to save that way.
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@smartmom (827)
• United States
3 Apr 07
Thanks for your comment. I always make sure to get the lowest priced item, as the quality is usually the same, and if the difference between two items such as a store brand and a brand name product on sale w/coupon is not completely obvious, I take out my calculator and get the per item/oz price - the real price. This is also the way to check whether it saves you money to buy larger deals. Most stores a good at putting the prize per oz/item, and I know Winn Dixie also puts the price after the reward card savings, so there I just have to calculate after the coupons. Always bring your calculator!! If you are interested in more savings tips, I have written a lot of articles on gather.com. My group names are smartmomssave and smartmomsfree. Please feel free to join the group, as I will continue to post articles on freebies, coupons, deals, and lots of other savings tips.
• United States
25 May 07
Wow! I wish I had your shopping savvy! Honestly, you are doing a really great job and I hope that you keep posting your shopping successes, cause it's a topic that I am positively obsessed with! LOL! I love saving money. As a mom, too, it's not just fun, it's a necessity. I have one who is still in diapers; well potty training. So, I know what your bills must be like for diapers. As far as big kid diapers go (size 6) your best bet for savings is the Walmart. They give you lots of diapers for a little price. They have a save-a-lot grocery store in our area that we use often for basics like tissue paper, and household necessities. They're way cheap. Maybe you have something similar in your area. Here's a coupon website that I just found and plan to use: http://boodle.com where you can print coupons for name brands you might use. Another money saving technique that you might use is the price match policy that some stores like Walmart have. You just bundle all your various weekly grocery store papers together and shop with the one store, and they give you all the deals that were available at the various stores around town. That will save you time and gas. Keep up your good work. With little ones in your house, you have way more expenses coming your way. Best of luck with your journey.
@gittabest (1951)
• Iceland
2 Apr 07
Save money - Saved money
Good job. Sorry I don't have any tips but it seems to me that you're doing a great job!
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