I just wanted to share something I learned about from Thrifty Mommy's blog. It's the Grocery Game. It's AMAZING!!! Basically, the site publishes a list of the sales combined with coupons (start saving your Sunday coupon packs) so that you save at least 50% at the grocery store (sometimes you actually get items for FREE). I was really skeptical b/c I didn't think spending money to save money made sense. (It's $1 for the 1st 4 weeks, then $10 for the next 8 weeks.)
I believed that shopping at was the only way to save money on groceries. But I finally decided to give it a try & now I'm shopping at Giant (they have lists for lots of stores in each state). This is my second week -- yesterday I saved $74!!
Here's the breakdown:
Total BEFORE discounts/coupons: $153
Total AFTER discounts/coupons: $79 -- YES, really!!
So, if you add my 1st week's totals, I have spent $154 in two weeks for $260 worth of groceries!! This includes toiletries, diapers, paper towels, etc. AND food! And honestly, I could just buy diapers, milk & bread for the next 3-4 weeks and we'd have MORE than enough food. You should see my freezer -- it's INSANE how much food is in there! I'm stockpiling right now, so I'm spending about $80-90/week. Eventually, I will be spending only $50-60/wk for all FIVE of us!
If you are skeptical about this idea of The Grocery Game (like I was) -- just save your coupon packs from the paper for the next 4 weeks. Then sign up for the $1 trial. I PROMISE you that even the first week you will be SHOCKED at how much you are saving -- and this would work for any size family. It only takes me 20 min to choose the items I want from the list online & print it, then find my coupons (they tell you where to find each coupon). I would not do this if it involved any more time than that! And FYI -- I'm now meal planning around what I get on sale.
Here's one example of a great deal I got yesterday:
The 12 pack of Bounty paper towels is normally $12.99. It was on sale for $10.99, and I had a $2 off coupon. Because I spent $25+ on Proctor & Gamble products, I got a $7 coupon off my next grocery total. If you break it down, that means I only spent $1.99 for all those paper towels!
If you do sign up, please use my email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the referral box b/c I can earn free weeks.
So although it wasn't stamping related, now I have more money to spend on stamps!!!