Grocery Savings ?? - Apache Junction,AZ

Updated on November 28, 2009
C.S. asks from Apache Junction, AZ
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I am looking for some suggestions or free websites to get coupons to save on our grocery bill. Im always hearing how people save and get almost their whole grocery bill for almost nothing. I shop the ad's, I price match and I clip coupons. My grocery bills are averaging $110-$150 weekly. I know I could do better. I have 3 boys ranging from 11 months to 6 years old and 3 step children (boys) and one hungry husband. With this economy it's getting tough to feed all my boys. Not to mention 3 times a month we have to donate snacks/drinks to school...yeah. Any ideas or suggestions would really help. Thank you!

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To everyone who has responded....thank you, thank you! All the advice is so wonderful and generous. I will definetly be making some major changes in the grocery bill and saving for my family. Thanks to everyone!
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A.E.

answers from Phoenix on

This is another good website that has coupons you can print and use : http://thekrazycouponlady.com/

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K.H.

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www.couponsense.com

My instructor is Nina Braddock. You can attend a class to see if you would like it. The owner developed a computer program that matches up cupons with sales so you get the most savings and they take the work out of it for you. You can print out a list to go shopping with that has all of the coupons itemized, organized by aisle too! I have been saving 30%-40% every month - that is the truth!
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J.J.

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I recently read an article in the All You magazine on this. They had a list of several good websites. Check out the site at www.allyou.com.

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T.C.

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I like pinchingyourpennies.com and also hip2save.com they are both great!

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E.C.

answers from Albuquerque on

C., are you buying convenience foods like mac and cheese and boxed foods? It's not a judgment, just pointing out that that kind of food is incredibly expensive. I found a site online that sends me weekly menus with grocery lists for making everything at home and it has saved me so much money. Everything always tastes great and she even has "freezer menus" where you collect all the ingredients for the recipe and freeze them, thaw then cook so it's actually a freshly made meal--incredible. Check her out at savingdinner.com

Happy Thanksgiving!
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A.A.

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C., do you shop at Costco, Aldi or Sam's Club? You can save a lot by buying in bulk. Even if it's not really your thing, you can still stock up on things like toilet paper, laundry powder, shaving cream, shampoo, etc. That way they are always in the house ready when you need a replacement. I think the regular grocery store is quite expensive for those types of things. If you did want to buy meat in bulk as well you can always freeze it. Or try buying in bulk from your local butcher. It sounds like you have a rather large family so bulk shouldn't be too much for you, but if it is you can always split the items and the cost with extended family or neighbors. Good luck!

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K.M.

answers from Albuquerque on

Try www.sharecolorado.com. You should be able to get some staples through them at reduced rates and help reduce your monthly bill.

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G.A.

answers from Phoenix on

I just got into a program called couponsense (couponsense.com) and it looks great and I have seen what it has done for my neighbor. She saves so much money and has stocked cabinets. She started out with a 300.00 a month budget and now no longer spends that much. She also opened a savings account to put the left over money out of the 300 so that should she need extra one month then she has it...

Hoping I have the same result.

The program basically helps you stock up food and house hold items using coupons and sales. They tell you what items are on sale and what coupons to use. Imagine getting tons of items free just because the store sales and coupons put together make it that way.

I am so excited!!!!

Please feel free to contact me.

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M.C.

answers from Phoenix on

My recommendation is to get a membership at Sams or Costco (if you don't already have one) and buy bulk, you will pay alot upfront but it should last you a while, you also save at the gas pump. Also, log into grocerycouponnetwork.com, it's free and there's alot of coupons you can actually use. Hope this is helpful.

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C.R.

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I have had decent luck with coupons.com and smartsource.com for coupons. I hope it helps you as well.

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T.J.

answers from Phoenix on

I tried Coupon Sense for about a month. It was great! I learned and saved so much. The reason I stopped is because we have switched over to oraganic and there are not much sales and coupons for organic. Urgh! You can also stock up on lots of snack food for the boys, fruit roll ups, yogurts, popcorn, cereal. There is always coupons for that! Good Luck.

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N.W.

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Not sure if you'd be open to the idea, but the food bank is always a big help in desperate times... and... also I have found name brand including ORGANIC food at the 99 cent only stores... for only 99 cents!!! LOL but seriously... I'm one of "those" kinds of people the kind of person that tries to feed her family the healthiest food available and at the lowest prices... I shop all the manager specials at Fry's I get all my Organic chicken, cage free eggs, etc. at clearance prices, wow that sounded cheesy to me but it's true... I go into the store on Monday's and get my chicken on Manager's special and I get my Organic milk for my husband on manager's special it's usually because it's going to go bad soon... usually in 2-3 days, I buy the milk then keep one out to be used then freeze the rest and the eggs will keep longer but you can freeze those too... and I go to local farmer's markets and get produce... oh and when there is something on sale I stock up... even produce I will chop and prepare then freeze... I know what you are experiencing... My mom and brother had to move in due to my mom losing her job, and my brother is disabled... so it's my mom, brother (who is 23 and 250lbs), me, my husband, my daughter, son and 4 lg. dogs, a cat, a fish and snake... wow and my mom and I just got done with a weight-loss detox cleanse that required us to have a different diet for 28 days... Hey we feed my entire household... with my husbands salary alone... I'm proud to say that!

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M.G.

answers from Phoenix on

I have a very coupon/saving friend who highly recommends pinchingyourpennies.com
Hope that helps!

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A.S.

answers from Flagstaff on

There is a web site that is not for coupons but very easy and inexpensive, its a fresh fruit and veggie CO-OP you can volunteer or not, its only $15 for a basket that has a mix of fresh stuff, you can get conventional or organic, its www.bountifulbaskets.org you can get one or more of those you can also add breads and depending on the time of year you can get an add on for a little extra $$ its good, for 25 bucks I usually get enough veggies and fruit to last about 2 weeks but we are only a family of 4, check it out!

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T.R.

answers from Phoenix on

I am part of a program where they do the "hard" part and match all coupons to the current sales. I am a family of 4 - and our bill is definatly less than what you are paying for your family - and that includes the 2 kids diapers and all toiletries. I do pay a subscription price of $15 a month - and then the paper cost - which I get 3 papers. One trip to the grocery store usually pays for both though in a month - if not for a couple months - in fact, I just went the other day - spent $22 - got 2 packages of diapers (Pampers - not off brand), deoderant, 3 toothpastes, 6 soup broths, and 4 12pack cokes... the original total was close to $100 - if that doesn't convince you.. lol.. I don't know what will. - Oh, here's another senario - I went to CVS - bought 2 packages of diapers, and a giant bag of wipes (Huggies) and paid $3

I was always doubtful of using coupons, now I don't go many places that I can't use them. Email me at [email protected]____.com and I can get you more information on this (they do also track the online coupons as well)

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W.H.

answers from Phoenix on

I'm still learning myself but the MoneySavingMom blog is great (she's not local though, so there's no Fry's-specific sales listed, but overall, it's great.) If you subscribe by email, she sends out one each day in the afternoon.

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