Originally Posted by witzgall
Could you elaborate on what you mean by "figured it out on your own". I HATE "free" (TO start) sites, that require CC # upfront.
The grocery game
provides really comprehensive postings each week that allow you to collect coupons ( in a REALLY compulsive way) and then pair up store coupons, manufacturers coupons and sales so that you get stuff at absurd prices.
They tell which coupon to pull and play when and when to hold em for another time to maximize the savings. They produce a list for the store you shop at with the sales and coupons to play that week.
They let you play for a month or so and then if you like it the service
costs something like 5 bucks a month. You can add as many stores as you shop at.
I paid for the service
for maybe 6 months. Then my shopping
habits made it easy for me to do it on my own. I don't buy much packaged processed or frozen food so for me it was mostly canned goods and dry goods and toiletries and drugstore stuff.
Once I had a feel for how the sale
coupon cycle rolled I was able to go it alone. But I learned alot while I did belong and felt it was worth it.
I also confirmed for myself that how I shop works for me and that changing did not. I never buy anything on sale that I wouldn't WANT to buy for full price
. So I don't care if I can buy frozen vegetables for pennies, I don't do it cause I wont use it. But that box of cookies I wouldn't pay 4 bucks for... hell yeah at 1.74... ; -)
These days I average about 30 to 45 percent savings, over all everytime I shop, off the regular price
. Rarely do I buy something when it is not on sale.
Some things I went back to buying
at costco because the few cents I saved on laundry
detergent wasn't worth it to me. I hated having the smaller containers junking up my recycling and different scents that I didn't much care for but had to use up.
I got excite about a deal on pads for my daughter one day... and now, 2 years later she still gives me a hard time about her 'lifetime supply'. I tell her it will go with her to college and she says she would have to get a storage
unit to store it all and that she won't need to buy any until menopause...
But pasta, marinara sauce, soup, toiletries, cereal, baking supplies (not flour sugar salt
, those are from costco) I get cheap
. Lets me pay more in the produce and meat market and still average big savings.
And I love that huge prime sirloin for 7 bucks a lb.... I dry age it and then slice and vacuseal and freeze... Good eats...