Tackling a New Year's resolution: big savings in the grocery store
The Oklahoman business columnist Jennifer Palmer shares ideas for using coupons with the goal to slash her monthly grocery expenses in half.
So far, I've spent the new year finding ways to reduce my monthly bills, and my next big target is groceries.
With the newest member of my household about to begin eating solid food, that will make five mouths to feed (if you count the dog). My goal is to slice our monthly food expense in half.
The solution: Coupons.
I've been known to dabble in couponing a bit here and there, and I will typically use at least one or two during each grocery run. But this year, I'm kicking it up a notch.
My limitations are time and taste buds. With two young kids, I don't have the luxury of spending hours clipping coupons and hopping from store to store for deals.
I have my favorite store, and I want to do all my shopping there.
Plus, I refuse to eat a lot of junk, even if it is free or nearly free.
Sarah Roe, the “Money Saving Queen” who lives in the Tulsa area, says that's OK.
She sliced her monthly grocery bill from $800 to $250 (for a family of four plus a dog — like me) by implementing a few money-saving tactics.
“The idea is you take the items you love and apply as many saving methods as humanly possible,” she said.
Combining manufacturers' coupons and store coupons with the rock-bottom sale price and stocking up a little means she often gets items for little or nothing.
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