Using Grocery Fliers

September 19, 2008 at 9:09 am 3 comments

This week, I wanted to focus on grocery fliers and see if that would help on my grocery bill.  I normally just shop for what I need and get what is on sale.  But, this week, I only needed a few basics–I already had the milk, bread, eggs, flour…but I needed some other things.  I wrote a list of coupons I needed for brands I am loyal to that I didn’t have this time:  Bisquick (has anyone tried Kroger brand?  I am so dependant on the recipes on the Bisquick box for waffles and pancakes!).

There are a few brands of cereal that are not good in our interpretation (Cinnamon Toast Crunch/Special K).  Stocking up on cereal coupons and combining those with in-store sales gets it down close to generic.

I don’t have time to detail the list at this moment, trying to make a walking field trip with my daughter.  I have a zillion catch up items to accomplish today as well.  But, on my $168 grocery bill, I saved $44 by shopping the sale bill–$7 of it was coupons.  That’s a large enough proportion to continue as i can, for me.   I got snack items for the kids based on what was on sale, subtracting in store coupons loaded on my Kroger card, PLUS the same paper coupons offered online…their name brand snacks were next to nothing, and I LOVE that for school snacks!  Didn’t take long, but I had to spend a day getting caught up on my binder as I’ve let it get outdated.

To recognize areas where you can get a sale, plus coupons, plus Kroger card coupons does help–things like fruit chews are often better name brand at the ages my kids are.  I don’t HAVE to give them those things, but it’s a perk when I can and they are on super-sale.

I hope to get a vlog up today of my coupon binder because i think some things work considerably better for me than what I’ve read.  And, again, I only use it as the grace is there for me to do it and I have the time and desire to save on some extras.

PS:  Milk is $3.04 this week at Rite Aid if you have to drop by there or pass by there…worth the stop!  Even on sale for half gallons at Kroger, it’s cheaper (1.77 for half gallon at Kroger).

Later–

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  • 1. Stacey  |  September 19, 2008 at 9:34 am

    First, I’ve had a bad experience with Rite Aid’s milk. *shudder*

    Second, I save a lot by looking at sale bills… little things like, I might have picked up apples but grapes are on sale. OR… we don’t need xyz cereal but it’s half price this week, so I had better buy some before we run out.

    I haven’t tried Kroger’s brand Bisquick. I did buy 10 pounds of the Krusteaz kind at Sam’s for $6. I’m beginning to wonder just how long it will take a family of 4 to go through 10 POUNDS of pancake (biscuit) mix. *sigh*

    Anyways, I find that my best savings come in when I menu plan rather than other methods. I can plan on (for example) getting a meat that is on sale. Pork Loin is always a good one. If it is on sale, I will get a large one. Bake it ( I have a great recipe if you are interested) and have it with a few sides for one meal. You can then slice it for sandwiches the next day, shred some with bbq sauce for another meal and even shred it with different spices for a tortilla-type meal. It stretches the money longer that way for me. I do the same with roasts… maybe roast with carrots and potatoes in the oven one night, bbq for lunch and vegetable soup with the rest.

    Maybe some version of all three would save lots of money. 🙂

  • 2. ~E  |  September 19, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Huck’s has milk for $2.99 a gallon — I think it is their regular price.

  • 3. Vanessa  |  September 25, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Have you heard of couponmom.com? She’s saved me tons of time with clipping coupons. Plus she saved me some money too. She will let you know when things are free and suggests giving those items for charity. Do you have an HEB in your area? I’ve found they are much cheaper than Kroger. They always have great deals.

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