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I know a lot of mamas are looking for ways to reduce their grocery budget, so I thought I'd share a recent discovery.<br><br>
I was reading one of DH's financial magazines a couple of weeks ago and came across an article about how to spend less money on groceries. They included a link to The Grocery Game (<a href="http:" target="_blank">www.thegrocerygame.com)</a>. It's a list that is specifically for the grocery stores in your area. They combine the sales and the available coupons so you get the most 'bang' for your buck. They have a one month trial period for $1. I figured that for $1 I could afford to try it, so I joined 2 weeks ago and am loving it so far. I'm getting a lot of our food at more than 50% off retail and have even got some stuff for FREE.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
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How is it working so far?
 

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I've found that I often spend MORE money when I try to clip coupons, etc. I do better by buying simple ingredients and cooking most foods from scratch.
 

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they dn't have anything for our area yet. I think i will try it for a buck once they get it going. they say, with much excitement, Hy-vee is coming. woohoo. thats pretty much it here. that and walmart. At least I don't have to compare flyers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
how exactly does it work? beside comparing sales at different stores?
 

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It's going pretty well for us so far.<br><br>
Here is a link that describes what it is exactly: <a href="http://www.thegrocerygame.com/index.cfm?function=text&method=whatistgg" target="_blank">http://www.thegrocerygame.com/index....thod=whatistgg</a><br><br>
I'd try to explain it myself, but what I typed probably wouldn't make any sense. LOL!
 

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I tried it but the only store around me was Albertson's so it wasn't worth it to me because I could easily shop those sales by myself.
 

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No stores in my area.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Ok so this is based on coupons and double coupons at that. I don't know that it would help me much. I rarely use the items that offer coupons. None of the stores in my area offer double coupons, i don't already get the paper so that would be an expense. I just don't see how it can save that much money. Epecially when you factor in the expense of a paper membership . . .maybe we just have a really crummy coupon section. . . .
 

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Ok, I hope this doesn't make me sound pathetic, but sometimes when I dump my recyclables, I check out the paper-only bin (more like a dumpster size, really.) Most of the time, there are Sunday papers sitting right there on top (The bins are outside of a grocery store, so if I time it right, I get a whole stack the store is throwing out!) I pull them right out and voila! Free coupons! (I DO subscribe to the paper, but it's always nice to get a freebie!) I always save at least 50% on my groceries (that's on an off-day, when I'm not even really trying) and usually more like 75%. Once, I left the store with THEM owing ME money! (They didn't actually give it to me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> but at least I got free groceries!)
 

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This sounds really interesting. I love to coupon but I'm usually too pressed for time and end up not being organized enough. (Before child it was no problem). I'm tempted... I think I'll check the Walgreens list for a few weeks (since it is free) and then make a decision about it. For $3.33 per month I think it would easily pay for itself.
 

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We have a subscription. In the begiing it saved us lots of money--even though we're in an areathat does not double coupons we were still saving 45-50% on groceries.<br><br>
The problem is that we took a nose dive from eating our healthy produce-based diet. Instead we started by stuff like fruit snacks, potato chips and boxes of chocolate because they were so inexpensive often no more than $1. We started to get sick.<br><br>
So we put in an effort only to buy 'healthy' foods like produce, grains and legumes. The problem with that is that they're frequently not on the list in the quantities we would need to buy for a week. I mean, broccoli might be on the list for one week but a vegetarian family will need more than just broccoli to eat. Also, you can't stockpile fresh produce as well as you can stockpile items like canned fruit, lysol kitchen spray, cake mixes, tinned biscuits etc.<br><br>
Also, by focusing only on healthy items we can easily keep track of the lowest sales price, and we do not need to rely on the list for that. Also, since I make so much of what we use like lotions, soaps and cleaners and since we do not use disposable items like paper plates and paper towels, we do not save much for household items. We save more by just doing what we do anyway.<br><br>
We won't be renewing when our membership rolls over.
 

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I did check it out and realized that only 2 of the 5 or so stores I shop at participate. Add in that I don't use paper products, I'm allergic to cow's milk, we're on the Feingold Program, and keep kosher- there are only a handful of brands I use to begin with... coupons arent' worth it for me.
 

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I checked out the link SaraMama gave above and couldn't figure out their math until I realized it was dependent on coupon doubling, but no store does that in my whole city!
 

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I'm just popping back in to say that I gave this website a trial run ($1) and so far so good. I also am vegetarian and cook mostly from scratch. That said, there are still packaged food we do use, I can plan around somewhat the produce that is on sale, and I can stock up on freezer stuff. Anyhow, the first trip resulted in $60 in coupon savings (without double coupons). Most of what I bought didn't have coupons... Anyhow, that was about 21% off the grocery bill.
 

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If $60 was 21% of the bill, that meant you spent $250! Was that for the whole month? Someone gave us a Trader Joe's gift card for $100. We never shop there because it took the entire $100 to buy MOST of one week's groceries. I usually spend about $75 now per week at Safeway. But I have to say, I really like what I got at Trader Joes. It's more gourmet and fun!
 

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Hi - It was a major shopping trip. I put off going as long as possible..... Anyhow, so that was a "stock up" trip with a lot of stuff like cereal, coffee, frozen stuff, pasta, sauce, canned goods. The larder was quite bare. I was pretty much at the point of not being able to make any more meals out of the pantry. I go maybe every 7-10 days for normal stuff like produce, milk, etc. Then maybe every 5-6 weeks or so (less if I can help it) for a stock-up trip.<br><br>
The bill before coupons was $280, after $220.
 

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I love the grocery game, I have been doing it now for a couple of months, since ZooNana suggested it to me. I have saved a ton of money, and am really starting to build a stockpile, something I have been wanting to do.<br>
I do find myself buyin gmore packaged things, though, like the PP said, because they are super-cheap or free.<br>
I have gotten a lot of toiletries with the GG, like toothbrushes or razors. I usually get them for a dollar or less (or free!).
 
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