The other day, I saw a woman on the Today Show who saved between $50-90 dollars a week by savvy shopping.
I took note since my grocery bill is ridiculously high when you consider I’m only feeding one adult, two dogs, one cat (who frequently invites her friends over frequently), and an occasional quest or two of my own.
I spend more on food than my house note! Determined to do better I took notes. Here are a few of her suggestions:
1. Buy the Sunday paper, which houses 83 percent of coupons. Experts say that sometimes it’s worth buying two or three copies if it’s full of deals on your favorite purchases.
After perusing the latest edition, I discovered there is never any reason to pay full price for things like cereal and crackers, sour cream or detergents. Each issue abounds with coupons worth up to a dollar!
2. Read the store circular published on Wednesdays and compare weekly specials to coupons you already have and save even more.
3. Expired manufacturer coupons? Don’t throw them out! Send them to participating military bases where they will be honored up to six months after. Search online for addresses of participating basses.
4. Pay attention to the unit price of bulk items to ensure you are always getting the best price.
5. Keep an eye out for store coupons and manufacturer coupons. Many times you can double up!
7. Wait until you have a few coupons for new ingredients before trying a recipe for the first time to avoid impulse shopping.
8. Don’t clip coupons for junk food. It’s only another excuse to indulge in unhealthy behavior.
9. Lastly, never shop when you are hungry. That can be deadly especially if you’re trying to be healthy.
My own discovery – don’t scrimp by buying the cheap brand of key condiments like balsamic vinegar and such. I thought I didn’t like balsamic until a friend brought me a bottle from Italy. Oh my, what a difference.