In our city, we are blessed to have 3 major grocery stores literally across the street from each other! So when the ads come out on Wednesday, I sit down & right down everything in which I might be interested from each store, under that store's name. If I think I have a coupon for the item, I put a star by it. Then I check my coupon holder, where all the coupons are in alphabetical order (MUCH easier to find things that way!!) I pull them out, put them in the "pile" for each store, then put them in order according to how they come IN the store. Then I fold my sheet of paper in 4ths, tuck the coupons in one "pocket" & put the whole thing in my purse so I have it! I know this SOUNDS like it takes a lot of time, but I do it while I'm watching TV at night, so there's no EXTRA time spent on it! I also take the grocery ads w/me when I shop, because occasionally, an item listed is nowhere to be found & I have to ask about it. Sometimes, THEY don't have a flier, so they don't even know about what I'm asking! I keep the ads, my coupon holder, my CROCHETED produce bags (& the few plastic ones I keep REUSING) in a larger bag & leave it in the back of my car, only taking it in the house when I need to replace the ads &/or sort coupons. I also pull all the coupons expiring for the month & put them in the front. That way I can look through them & see if there is anything I REALLY want to get---BEFORE the coupon expires! When there is a deal on something I use, I get several---as many as I have coupons for---& stock up on "steals" so that I RARELY have to buy anything "full" price (basically, only gas for the car & milk!) When you comparison shop, you can save A LOT!! I also have a number of extremely strong plastic grocery bags which I've been using for about 20 years & I get 5c a bag for using them at MOST of the stores. This, too, adds up. I kept track one year & made $25! Every little bit helps!!
- 6/5/2010 4:51:46 PM