How to Save BIG on Your Grocery Bill

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How to Save BIG on Your Grocery BillI know many of you have been reading this site for some time, but we have new readers all the time. I thought, especially now that the kids are back and school and with the holidays around the corner, now would be the perfect time to recap all of the ways I preach to save. So here they all in one easy place, so you can get back into the swing of things and start saving today!

So many of these ideas are super simple and can be implemented in minutes, but all of them will ultimately save you big time.

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  1. Cook from scratch. I know this one sounds amazing, but is often hard to implement with busy schedules. I get it, I’ve been there. But honestly, you pay for convenience in price and with your health. Processed foods contribute to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, etc. So, even if you can coupon yourself into rock bottom food prices, you will pay for it in the rear with doctor visits, etc.apples
  2. Eat seasonally. If you take nothing else away from this article, this should be it. It’s really a simple tip, but it will lead to HUGE savings. Foods that are in season are at their lowest prices. Be wary though, because often a sale on a fruit or veggie does not mean it’s in season. If a store is touting strawberries on sale in January, know that their price might be a bit cheaper than all the stores around them, but at $2.99/lb, you won’t see prices anywhere near what they were in June.So buy in bulk when produce is in season, and can, freeze or preserve your bounty {or when it’s growing like crazy in your garden}.
  3. Weekly Meal Plan - Menu Plan IdeasMake a plan. What’s that saying, “those who fail to plan should plan to fail?” That’s so true. A simple plan will save some big bucks.This includes a list AND a meal plan. You already know that I am not great about meal planning, but I always have a list when I go to the store–and when I don’t, I pay for it! Also, meal plan with the ads in hand. Plan all of your weekly consumption around what is on sale {assuming the sale is actually a good price–see #2}.costco butter
  4. Keep 10% of your monthly budget available for “stock-up items.” If you plan on spending $300 a month, keep $30 available for stock up purchases that you can make when you see rock bottom prices. For example, if you see butter on sale for $2.00/lb, it’s probably time to buy several pounds and freeze them. Having money set aside in your budget to make those kind of unplanned purchases really saves money later on.
  5. Use coupons wisely. Coupons for cheese, yogurt, etc. are great when you can pair them up with store sales. This is just basic couponing 101. Don’t use coupons just because you have them–use them when they make the price competitive and worthwhile. The couponing game is a tempting one, but if you learn to play it wisely, it won’t play you.
  6. Minimize waste by USING WHAT YOU HAVE. One of the easiest tips on this list. Although I’m occasionally guilty of wanting to try out a new recipe even though I have food in the pantry/freezer that I could use, shopping at home from your pantry and freezer is the fastest way to save money. Plain and simple.freezer meals
  7. Make freezer meals. You know those nights you are tempted to just throw your hands up and order a pizza because you have absolutely no desire to cook? Well, freezer meals to the rescue! You make them when you’re actually motivated and cook them when you’re not. You don’t have to sacrifice your health by getting a pre-packaged meal, or totally blow your budget by going out.How to Save Money at the Grocery Store  Buy Spices from Bulk Bins
  8. Buy in bulk. I’m not saying do all your shopping at Costco, because that’s a slippery slope between savings and overspending! But bulk buying can really save you money if you know what to look for.I love to buy spices in bulk from Winco. You seriously pay pennies on the dollar. I also buy my meat in bulk from Zaycon. It is great quality offered at wholesale prices. The catch is that I have to process and freeze most of it myself–but that actually works out okay, because I can make freezer meals as I go. It saves TONS of money over the year.
  9. Shop alone. If I shop with anyone in my family {kids or the HH}, I always end up spending more and deviating from my list. But when I shop alone, I’m a woman on a mission. I know this is sometimes impossible, but shopping without the family really limits distractions {which leads to missed items and last minutes runs to the grocery store} and potentially throwing unplanned items into the cart.
  10. Keep a designated “use first” area in your fridge. Keep all of the items that won’t last much longer in one area. Plan your weekly menu around these items first. This will cut down on food waste and help keep your budget low.

If that list is a bit overwhelming or totally different from how you currently shop, choose one or two tips and implement them today. Or go big or go home and try them all at once. Regardless of which method you choose, I promise you’ll see a reduction in your grocery bill almost immediately.

Happy Saving,

Mavis

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Favado is the Coolest App Ever: Save up to 70% w/ Unlisted Deals and Sales!

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Even though I’m not couponing as heavily as I used to, I still like getting the biggest bang for my buck when I’m out there in the grocery store. So when I heard about this new FREE app that provides access to exclusive unlisted sales and deals in more than 65,000 grocery and drugstores nationwide, I was in!

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Favado is a mobile savings app that helps shoppers save time and money {up to 70%!} by using real-time couponing data to provide access to tons of hidden deals that match coupons plus in-store promotions Talk about making your money stretch.

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Favado also has other features like planning tools for weekly shopping trips and insider access to unlisted deals. I’d say never leave home without it!

Download it and let me know how you like it. I’m just getting used to it so I’ll keep you posted on how handy it is when I’m strolling the grocery store aisles!

Get the Favado app HERE.

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New Printable Coupons – Cheerios, Minute Maid Juice, Coffee, Pampers, Yoplait Yogurt + More

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A new month means new coupons:

Cheerios coupon

Cereal & Frozen Breakfast Items Coupons

$0.75 off 3 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel
$0.50 off ONE BOX Lucky Charms cereal
$1.00 off TWO BOXES Cheerios cereals
$0.75 off ONE Wheaties cereal
$0.75 off ONE BOX Kix cereal
$1.00 off any TWO General Mills Big G cereals
$0.50 off ONE Bisquick mix

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Yogurt, Cheese & Mayo Coupons

$0.50 off 2 Yoplait Greek yogurt
$0.75 off ONE Yoplait Light yogurt with Granola
$0.30 off any flavor Yoplait Simplait™ Yogurt
$1.00 off ONE KRAFT Mayo or MIRACLE WHIP Dressing
$1.00 off TWO (2) KRAFT Natural Shredded Cheese
$1.50 off Jimmy Dean Pancake & Sausage Product

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Snack Coupons

$0.50 off 1 BOX Fiber One Protein Chewy Bars
$0.50 off 2 BOXES any Nature Valley Granola Bars
$0.75 off 2 LARABAR UBER bars
$0.50 off 1 Chex Mix OR Chex 100 Calorie Snack
$0.50 off 1 PACK Green Giant™ Veggie Snack Chips
$1.50 off Jimmy Dean Pancake & Sausage Product

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Beverage Coupons

$1.00 off TWO (2) GEVALIA Single Serve Cups
$0.75 off one Simply Cranberry Cocktail, 59 oz
$1.00 off TWO (2) MAXWELL HOUSE Single Serve Cups
$1.00 off ONE (1) MAXWELL HOUSE Coffee
$1.00 off TWO (2) MiO Liquid Water Enhancers
$1.00 off TWO (2) CRYSTAL LIGHT LIQUID Drink Mixes
$1.00 off FIVE (5) CAPRI SUN Big Pouch 11.2 fl oz
$1.00 off TWO (2) KOOL-AID LIQUID Drink Mixes
$1.00 off any one Minute Maid Juice Box 10-pk

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Baby Coupons

$0.50 off ONE Pampers Wipes 60 ct. or larger
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Baby Dry Diapers
$0.55 off two COTTONELLE Flushable Moist Wipes
$0.55 off one COTTONELLE Bathroom Tissue, 9 pk
$1.00 off any ONE (1) Post Sesame Street Cereal

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New Printable Coupons – Cereal, Household, Yogurt, Snacks, Pampers Diapers and More

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It’s the first of the month, and that means new printable coupons…
cereal coupons

Cereal
$0.75 off one Cascadian Farm product
$1.00 off any 3 Kellogg’s Cereals listed
$0.75 off any ONE BOX Total cereal
$0.50 off ONE BOX Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
$0.75 off 1 BOX Peanut Butter Toast Crunch™ cereal
$0.50 off ONE BOX Chex cereal
$0.50 off ONE BOX Original Cheerios cereal
$0.75 off Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch cereal
$0.75 off Fiber One 80 Calories Chocolate cereal

yogurt couponsYogurt

$0.40 off SIX Yoplait Yogurt
$0.75 off any TWO Yoplait Kid products
$0.50 off 2 Yoplait Greek yogurt
$0.50 off Yoplait Fruplait™ Yogurt Multipacks
$0.50 off Yoplait Pro-Force Multipack or twisted

pampers coupons

Baby
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Baby Dry Diapers
$0.55 off Mott’s Snack & Go Applesauce Pouches
$2.00 off ONE Pampers Easy Ups Diapers
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Swaddlers Diapers
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Cruisers Diapers
$0.50 off ONE Pampers Wipes 60 ct. or larger
snack foods
Snack Foods

$0.50 off 2 Nature Valley Granola Bars or thins
$0.50 off Green Giant™ Veggie Snack Chips
$0.50 off 1 Fiber One Protein Chewy Bars
$0.40 off Fiber One Chewy Bars
$1.00 off 3 Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars
all laundry detergent coupons
Household

$2.00 off any (2) all detergent products
$1.00 off Bayer Aspirin product 24 ct or larger
$2.00 off TWO Pantene Products
$2.00 off any TWO Pantene Expert Collection
$2.00 off 1 GARNIER NUTRISSE Color Foam Haircolor
$2.00 off L’Oreal Healthy Look Creme Hair Color
$3.00 off Citracal and Bayer Aspirin Product
$1.00 off any ONE Garnier Fructis Shampoo
$1.00 off one Advil or Advil Migraine product

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Restaurant and Retail Printable Coupons

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Giraffe tote purseGiraffe Animal Print Purse

Headed to the mall this weekend?
Here are a few coupons to bring along.

Thanks Your Retail Helper

Going out for a bite to eat?
Here are few coupons to help you save a buck!

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Restaurant and Retail Printable Coupons

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Hello Kitty Faux Leather Handbag Shoulder Bag
Hello Kitty Handbag Bag $20.50 shipped.

Headed to the mall this weekend?
Here are a few coupons to bring along.

Thanks Your Retail Helper

Going out for a bite to eat?
Here are few coupons to help you save a buck!

  • Bahama Breeze - $10 off $20 Purchase when you sign up for their Island Insider’s Club
  • Ben & Jerry’s   Free Hot Fudge with Any Ice Cream Purchase {Exp: 1/31/13}
  • Blimpie’s – Buy 1 6 inch Sub & Drink and Get 1 FREE
  • Chili’s – Join email club get FREE skillet queso & chips
  • Cinemark – $2 off Large Popcorn {exp. 1/23}
  • Jamba Juice  – $2 All Fruit, Fit ‘n Fruitful, and Orange-C Booster Smoothies (exp: 1/13/2013)
  • Marie Callenders – Buy 1 Entree Get 1 50% Off WYB 2 Drinks (exp: 2/1/2013)
  • Smokey Bones – $5 off $15 Purchase (exp. 1/20)
  • Waffle House – Free Waffle (exp: 1/31/2013)
  • White Castle – Free Cup of Chili with Any Purchase (exp: 1/31/2013)

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Restaurant and Retail Printable Coupons

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Large Giraffe Print Purse $15.99 ~ Amazon

Headed to the mall this weekend?
Here are a few coupons to bring along.


Going out for a bite to eat?
Here are few coupons to help you save a buck!

  • Bahama Breeze - $10 off $20 Purchase when you sign up for their Island Insider’s Club
  • Ben & Jerry’s   Free Hot Fudge with Any Ice Cream Purchase {Exp: 1/31/13}
  • Blimpie’s – Buy 1 6 inch Sub & Drink and Get 1 FREE
  • Chili’s – Join email club get FREE skillet queso & chips
  • Jamba Juice  – $2 All Fruit, Fit ‘n Fruitful, and Orange-C Booster Smoothies (exp: 1/13/2013)
  • Marie Callenders – Buy 1 Entree Get 1 50% Off WYB 2 Drinks (exp: 2/1/2013)
  • Buca di Beppo – $10 Off 2 Buca Small or Large Pastas, Baked Pastas, or Entrees (exp: 1/13/2013)
  • Waffle House – Free Waffle (exp: 1/31/2013)
  • White Castle – Free Cup of Chili with Any Purchase (exp: 1/31/2013)

 

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New Printable Coupons – Reach Toothbrushes and Floss, Listerine, Johnson’s Baby Oil and Bubble Bath + Desitin

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$1.00 off any two (2) REACH Toothbrushes$1.00 off any 1 LISTERINE Mouthwash 1L or larger $1.00 off any two (2) REACH Floss Products $1.00 off any JOHNSON'S Baby Oil product$1.00 off any JOHNSON'S Baby Bubble Bath$0.75 off any DESITIN diaper rash product

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Ebates – Double Cash Back After Christmas Sale

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ebates double cash backAre you planning on shopping on-line today?  Well if you are,  Ebates is offering double cash back with their After Christmas Sale promotion. Be smart. Don’t forget to shop through your EBATES link!  I don’t know about you, but I like free money.

Here’s a picture of a check I received A BIG FAT check from Ebates for $47.95 last winter. I snapped a photo to show YOU can earn A BIG FAT check too! I’m telling you, it’s super easy.

If you are new to Ebates, you will also score a FREE $10 gift card to Target, Macy’s, Walmart, Kohls, or Ebates.  How cool is that?  Simply sign up HERE and you will receive the gift card of your choice in the mail after your first $25 purchase.  We use Ebates ALL THE TIME in our house, even our kids use it.

Why You Should Join

You get cash back at any of 1,500 stores any time you start your shopping trip at Ebates.com. There are no points to redeem, no forms to mail in, and no fees. Stores pay Ebates a sales commission for sending shoppers their way, and Ebates uses the commission to pay you cash back. All Ebates needs is an email address so we can notify you when your cash back has been credited. To date, Ebates members have already earned more than $100,000,000 and you can join them today!

Go HERE to sign up for Ebates.

 

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Restaurant and Retail Printable Coupons

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grey black bootsG by GUESS – Teza Boots $39.99 shipped

Headed to the mall this weekend?
Here are a few coupons to bring along.

Thanks Your Retail Helper

Going out for a bite to eat?
Here are few coupons to help you save a buck!

Sbarro - Free Slice of NY Cheese Pizza
Auntie Annes – Free Original or Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel WYB Any Pretzel Product & Drink
Ben & Jerry’s - Free Scoop of Ice Cream with $10 Gift Card Purchase
Carrabba’s Italian Grill – $10 0ff 2 entrees
Chevy’s – Buy 2 fajita entrees for $20
Jamba Juice - $2 for 16 oz Smoothies
Macaroni Grill – Buy a $25 card get a $5 bonus card
Quiznos- $1.00 off any regular sub
Rainforest Cafe – 15% off Purchase of $25+ {exp: 12/31}
Sonic - Half Price Milkshakes on 12/21 Only

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