How do you save money at the store?

My husband is a chronic couponer. It’s one of the many reasons I love him. Why? Because I’m not dedicated (or patient) enough to do it myself, but I know it saves us lots of money! He loves to come home from the store and tell him the total cost…. and then the actual cost he paid, haha. Ask him his favorite place to get coupons? He’ll rattle off a number of online sites he has saved in his favorites, including one called Coupon Moms. Ha, I love it!

We do most of our shopping at our local Kroger store (Hilander) because it’s 5 minutes from our house and they have a savings card where you can upload coupons from home and use in store, without printing or clipping. So here is Steve’s typical grocery shopping (and money-saving) routine:

Step 1: Check the Hilander (Kroger) weekly ad for our store. We get a weekly ad by mail, but Steve likes to use the website because it’s super convenient and he can load coupons directly to our Hilander Plus saver’s card.
Step 2: Upload coupons directly to our store card. Steve, Ryan and I LOVE cereal. We like to eat healthy, whole grain cereals for breakfast. For our after dinner desert/snack we like to eat a “kids” cereal with a little more sugar as a treat. Hey, it’s better than ice cream!!! There are ALWAYS coupons available for the most popular cereal brands, especially General Mills. Our favorite cereals are Cheerios (original and honey nut), Honey Nut Chex and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Step 3: Steve visits all of the favorite online sites like couponmountain.com, coupons.com, couponmom.com, etc. His secret (especially with cereal): wait until he can find an outstanding deal, print coupons from every site and then purchase like 10-20 boxes at a time. We have been doing this for years. Just last week we picked up 20 boxes of General Mills cereals at an avereage of under $0.75 per box. Once all coupons are printed, Steve loads them into his mini green organizer and heads to the store.
From Feb. 27th through March 12th, Kroger is doing a CartBuster event with savings and deals on lots of your favorite brands. Throughout this event, there’s going to be a Deal of the Day–and once it’s introduced, it will still be available for the rest of the event! Until supplies run out, of course. There will also be store-wide savings on top of those daily deals.

And the best part? (Is it sad that something like this is super exciting and the highlight of my week?) You can still use your coupons on top of the Deal of the Day. I’m not sure what the deals are yet, but I’m betting you can find some coupons for the items too and that means you’ll be getting things on your shopping list for super cheap.

We *try* to make a shopping list and stick to it. My best advice? Don’t go to the store hungry!!! Haha–that is a surefire way to fail and buy everything in sight 😉 We find that we save the most (or don’t overspend) when we know what we want to eat for our meals during the upcoming week and stick to only buying those items at the store.

Try to hang on to your coupons until that item ALSO goes on sale. It’s like a double whammy. Coupons under 55 cents can be doubled, too… so it’s a triple whammy! Steve has definitely had people ask him in the checkout lane where he gets all his coupons, haha.

We certainly plan on taking advantage of this CartBuster event and stocking up on as much as we need! (Go to the Kroger facebook page for details when the event starts.)

How do you save money at the grocery store? Any more awesome tips for us?!

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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