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I want to be one of those ppl that gets $938493 groceries for $19!

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Ok, a year ago I was debt free and working on Dave Ramsey's baby step #3. (emergency fund = 6 months of income)

Then a major depressive episode and various other garbagey things hit and here I am with some debt and no more emergency fund anymore. And I want to get back into the swing of things.

I just worked out my zero based budget for the next few months and I've only given us $60/2x month for groceries. We also get Angelfood Ministries AND qualify for the food pantry, so it's going to be tight but doable. (The Angelfood is budgeted for - so it's actually $150/month for groceries including the $30 for them.)

If I could learn to be a coupon maven it would be even better. Any of you coupon experts want to take a remedial student like me under her wing? Or offer your very best beginner's advice on this thread?

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post #2 of 134
Those coupon experts do not normally experience savings like you describe or like they spot light on tv. They plan those televised trips to be extra shockingly good to make an impression.

The best way to save money at the grocery store is to comparrison shop, plan your meals, cook from scratch and dump junk food. There really is not magic formula. The Tightwad Gazette books have great ideas for saving money and the author is very honest about what you can realistically expect to save. Typically, applying her methods will save you 50% on your grocery bill.

Saving Dinner is actually really good too for helping you get on track with meal planning/grocery shopping. Coupons are mostly good for junk food or non-food items, unfortunately, so they don't really help with the grocery bill except here and there when I feel like giving the kids chocolate cereal for a change or there is a coupon for already really cheap or on sale staples.

My 2 cents.
post #3 of 134
well thats me :


like today at target.
2 packages travel wipes
2 boxes electrasol
1 pack paper cups

total was 5 cents after my three coupons.

I seriously just watch the sales and watch coupon forums...i did the Grocery Game but after a year I have caught on well enough that I am good on my own...

Also I can tell you when my local Albertson's grocery store has mark downs for the dairy section...on those days I typically get yogurt for the next week (10 -24 cups) for less than a dollar...sometimes for less than fifty cents.
It is just all in clipping coupons and being aware.

I can take you under my wing for sure...any questions you have just ask...I gave a demonstration and presentation for my MOPS group last year.


OH and i Have NOT given up junk food and I do not cook from scratch (im too ADD for the 'from scratch' stuff) ..and I manage to spend 400 a month on a family with 3 adults and 2 kids (and this includes going out to eat twice a month BiG when dh is home from work)
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post #5 of 134
first question

did you get a sunday paper this week? on the sixth?

that is your FIRST step to complete...i'll be back.
post #6 of 134
also when yogurt cups on sale - take advantage- u can freeze them!
post #7 of 134
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Originally Posted by asianyoushi View Post
also when yogurt cups on sale - take advantage- u can freeze them!
Really? This alone made reading this thread worth it and saved me $$$

so can you put them in stand-alone freezer or only in the fridge's freezer
post #8 of 134
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Originally Posted by Kaitnbugsmom View Post
Really? This alone made reading this thread worth it and saved me $$$

so can you put them in stand-alone freezer or only in the fridge's freezer

You can freeze them in both. I've found that different brands freeze and thaw differently - We did not like Activia when it was thawed - custard type yogurts are fine in our family.
post #9 of 134
I've been using the grocery game for almost two years. I could figure it out on my own now, but I'm lazy. We regularly save 60-70% on our weekly grocery bill - and never pay more than $35-40 for everything, produce, meat, dairly, paper and toiletry products included. Family of 3 and a doggie.

hot coupon world is also a great place to find out about grocery deals.
post #10 of 134
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Originally Posted by Mommabean View Post
first question

did you get a sunday paper this week? on the sixth?

that is your FIRST step to complete...i'll be back.
No. Wow, am I starting off on a bad foot, or what?

Oh, and I was joking in the subject line (wasn't it obvious? no?). Really what I want is some help actually saving money with coupons to stretch our meager budget.

I do have a cousin that is consistently getting big, big savings at grocery stores with coupons and sales, but she lives 4hrs away, we aren't in close contact, and I wouldn't feel comfortable asking for her help. I do know that there are people who can consistently save quite a bit with strategic shopping - just not the $10 million for $20 that I was hoping for.
post #11 of 134
just watch the sales...and ONLY use a coupon if the item is on sale...buy when you DO NOT NEED IT.

that is the best advice i have...because when you need it it is never on sale.
post #12 of 134
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Originally Posted by Mommabean View Post
just watch the sales...and ONLY use a coupon if the item is on sale...buy when you DO NOT NEED IT.

that is the best advice i have...because when you need it it is never on sale.
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Never fails!
post #13 of 134
i froze only yoplait yogurt in both freezer-chest freezer and the one on top of my refrigerator. i dont thaw it though--its just frozen soft serve yogurt for me and the kiddoes --this is great when we were spending 6-7 dollars on a half a gallon of ice cream...
post #14 of 134
I started to shop at CVS and walgreens late last month and I think I did good...although it took a while searching for coupons, printing/cutting/filing them, figuring out the store's coupon policys, and just trying out how couponing works, etc.

I bought 4 2-liters of Coke, 2 Glade scented oil candles and a Johnson body soap for kids. Total price was $22.86.........and I spent only $7.70

2 mascaras and 2 toothpastes. Original price..$19.........I paid....$2.67!

4 Glade Scented oil candles. Original price..$27.96........I paid...$1.08.

What I am trying to do with the whole CVS/Walgreens/couponing thing is to buy most of my non food stuff for dirt cheap. What I need to figure out is how to use coupons to get quality food for dirt cheap

Tonight I am going over my coupons and the store ads to see how many of what I can buy inexpensively.

Later!
post #15 of 134
I got $436 of food this weekend for $99.50. Check out the Dave Ramsey support thread for both my bragging and details for how to do it.
post #16 of 134
It seems like coupons are usually for processed food and we don't buy much of that. Plus, stores here don't double and so many are buy three boxes of cereal and save 35 cents. It just doesn't seem worth it. But, I'd love to be wrong!
post #17 of 134
if u have an albertsons near u - they have buy one get one free in the meat section-- check the weekly ads- u can view them online.
post #18 of 134
Actually, this past weekend's coupons had some GREAT organics and not-so-processed coupons. I have pretty much given up on food coupons, but I got really excited when I went through them this weekend!

And HEY ATTILA!! You may have been around, but I haven't seen you in a while! Nice to see you.

Atilla's GREAT at planning and cooking cheap, by the way.
post #19 of 134
Just an FYI...you can freeze milk and half and half, too. I usually stock up when it's on sale.

ETA: And do the math when you're shopping...a name brand on sale + a coupon may not be the best deal for that product. The store brand might still be cheaper.
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