I just wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of some great tips (things I use all the time) to help save money. With
Anyway... I know there are a lot of Wal-Mart haters out there but you are just going to have to get over it or at least ignore the feeling for my suggestions to work!
I collect all of the grocery (and other) ads for the week. And then I sit down and go through them... yes this takes some time. To start off, I only look at the things on the front page of each stores ad. These are the best bargain and "steal" if you will. While I am looking at it and seeing what is cheap (like a week or two ago one store had a whole chicken for $0.59/ pound!!!! --those things are normally at least $1.20-$2.00/ pound.) then I look through my cookbooks (meaning I found a recipe that would use a whole chicken--rotisserie style chicken in the crockpot!) and plan meals around that.
Now this is why you have to get over your Wal-Mart anxiety... they price MATCH! So I plan meals around what are the steal of the deals at all of the local stores. Here is the trick--you have to plan a head! Make a list of everything you need to buy for the meals you planned out and then hunt through all of the ads to see if anywhere has that thing on sale. Stick to the list. (I learned this the hard way. One time I was shopping and decided to add bananas and they were $0.93/ pound! OUCH!! I didn't know of anywhere that had them on sale when I checked out and paid for my pricey splurge. I later found out a store had them on sale for $0.33/ pound that week... make your list and stick to it!) You can also use Grocery Smarts (passport for Utah: g84csg) and it will tell you what things are on sale too. This website does help but... I think the passport is sometimes more for SLC county and not entirely accurate down here.
The next tip, is to take coupons. Yes they are slow and annoying and if you are behind "coupon lady" it is so irritating because it takes forever. But be that coupon lady!! I try to price match and use coupons on the same item (one week I got two boxes of Special K cereal for about $0.75 a box--and we are talking large, family size boxes!).
The other tip is to stalk freebie websites. In the past, I was able to get some coupons which would give the regular sized product to me for FREE as like a "sample" type deal. Even if it is only the trial size they often still have coupons for other savings in the future.
I have posted a link to all of these Frugal Living ideas on the "Links" section in our blog. (Can't find the "Links" section? Look up... right under our Values billboard. Click the tab.)
Happy Bargain Hunting!