Saving at the Grocery Store

I get asked often how I use coupons to save money for my family.  And I admit that I used to use them occasionally and then stopped using them all together.  Suddenly being a full time stay at home mom trying to feed a family of 4 with one income I realized I needed to get creative.  Besides being creative with grocery shopping, there are some brands that we are very loyal to and won’t settle for anything less.  Kroger and their Cart Buster Savings Events (going on now) can help me save money while still buying the brands I love.  
Coupons are a great way to save money.  Not only is the Sunday paper a great way to get coupons you can get them online from places like Redplum, and Smart Source.  If you find one coupon for a brand you like, consider buying more of that coupon.

Stockpile!  Sales on items always go in cycles.  Always!  Some people have found that it helps them to write down the date and store when they last got an item on sale.  Then wait.  Eventually this same item is going to go on sale again.  Was it one month later, 6 months later?  Lets say this item goes on sale again in 3 months.  At that point it is safe to assume that in another 3 months it will go on sale again.  So you stockpile.  You find coupons if you can and you stock up on that one item to get you through until the next time it goes on sale.  Take the deodorant that I am brand loyal to.  On a recent shopping trip I saw that our local grocery store had it on sale for $1 each.  Normally I pay $2.50 to $3 each.  Now even though I did not need this deodorant right then I knew I would eventually use it.  $8 later and I have enough deodorant to last me for close to a year for the same price as I would normally pay for 2. 

Meal plan.  I am a strict meal planner.  I will write out what we are going to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week before shopping and then make my list based on that.  This not only helps me be more organized when shopping but it eliminates any spur of the moment purchases.  I stick to my list and by not straying from it, I can get exactly what I need without finding my cart filled with all those little impulse purchases that just make my bill skyrocket. 

Never shop hungry.  We have all heard this before but it is so very true.  Not only do I make sure that I have had a meal before shopping I also make sure that Genghis has been fed also.  There is nothing more frustrating than listening to a 4 year old whine about how hungry he is or how he needs a certain product aisle after aisle.  Not only does it cut down on the frustration level but it also makes sure I only buy what is on the list. 

What do you do to save money at the grocery store?  

Disclaimer: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms Kroger CartBuster blogging program, for a gift card worth $50. For more information on how you can participate, click here.
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Rachel Akers writes about crafts, recipes, and features the adventures of a family of 4. It is always crazy but I wouldn't change it for the world! Comments or questions? Talk to me on Facebook or Twitter or sign up for our RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.