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Frugal Friday-reduce your grocery bill!

14 Jan

Happy Friday all! Another round of Frugal Friday is here-the focus for this week is you guessed it, reduce your grocery bill.

But before we get into that I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone’s kind words, comments, thoughts on my last post about culinary school. I am psyched to look into something new that actually excites me. Even if I don’t end up going, I haven’t felt passionate about something that could actually result in a career im a very long time so this is revitalizing me a bit!

This past week Harris Teeter had super double coupons up to $1.98. I only shop at Harris Teeter if I know a specific item I need is on sale. Besides that, their prices seem to be on the higher side compared to Bi-Lo, Super Wal-Mart and other discount grocery stores. I wanted to see how much I could save so I googled Harris Teeter Super Doubles and found this Southern Savers site noting the specials, what coupons are available for the specials, what you end up spending and stuff you can get for a free. A few items had printable coupons that you could print at home and resulted in a bunch of savings for me. I looked through this list to see if I had coupons for any items that would be of any interest of me. Here are some highlights of my trip:

Two boxes Special K Cereal $1.50/box

Wholly Guacamole-Free! Click here for a $1 off coupon

Quaker Oats-$.69

Mueller Thin Spaghetti- On sale $.99 each with a $1 off coupon so…..Free!

Colgate Toothpaste-$.75 each. Reach dental floss-Free! Click here for a Reach coupon

Muir Glen Organic Diced Tomatoes-$.29. Get a $1 off coupon here

Alexia Sweet Potato fries-$.89

Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt 6/$1.92. $1 off coupon here (plus lots of other coupons to print out)

Truvia packets -$.99. This will keep me from swiping Splenda packets from Starbucks for awhile.

Footlong Meatball Sub-Free! Harris Teeter has sub points so for every six-inch sub you buy, you get one point. When you get 15 points, you get any footlong sub for free. I usually get a hot sub like meatball or philly cheesesteak so I can eat one half right away then heat the other half up at a later time.

Not pictured—Nasoya cubed tofu for $2 and Angel Soft 12  pack for $4. Before taking all the sale prices and coupons into account, my bill was $64. And after?

That’s right–$19.38. Don’t mess with a coupon packing woman on a mission to save!

Plus I got some coupons after checking out for Morningstar products that I will be using next time they go on sale.

Tips:

*Look through your coupons and compare to what’s on sale that week to get the lowest price possible

*If you have a coupon and after the coupon price, it’s still more expensive, buy the generic brand . Some times coupons aren’t the best value just for a name brand.

*That being said, just because you have a coupon for something doesn’t mean you need to buy it. If it’s an item I will be using in the future I will buy it if it’s super cheap but if you want to buy it just for sake of using a coupon, totally not worth it.

*Look into prices at your local wholesale club. For me, it’s not a value since I live alone however if I find a friend who has one or who wants to split one, it’s a great deal!

*Like an item but never see coupons for it? Go online! I will google it to see if a specific product has any coupons out there or write the company telling me how much I love their stuff

*Keep your coupons organized. I have my coupons organized in alphabetic order and when I research to see what I need, I put in order by section of the grocery store.

*Sign up for our local supermarkets online savings club. Harris Teeter has E-VIC specials that are custom for you and you can only find out about the deal via email.

What are grocery store tactics to help you save money?

 Happy saving!