Monday, March 3, 2008

Not stamping related

Ok, so this post is not going to be stamping related. . . you are forewarned! : )

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 Super Walmart 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 each Sunday 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 (kellybstampin@yahoo.com) 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!!!


4 comments:

Lee said...

I have a friend that this works for really well......I tried the free trial and it doesn't list our local Wal-Mart, so I was missing some good deals. But I'm glad you're enjoying it!!! When it works in your local area......I've heard people just rave about it!!

Kelly A. Battles said...

I was bummed when I didn't see Walmart on my list, too. I have been a Super Walmart ONLY shopper. But I am a changed woman!!! I'm saving WAY more than I was spending at Walmart, really. It's totally worth trying a different store to get such good deals. I'm getting things for FREE!

Anita said...

You can also check out couponmom.com. This is a free site that lists the deals in the ads each week and what coupons are out there. I also love getting things cheap or free!

Karen_thrifty said...

Hi Kelly. I was just telling my friend about another Haiti missions trip and thought I'd drop by to see your site. How funny that I saw your article about the grocery game. Congratulations on the success! I love it when people are saving so much money!

I wanted to let you know that some people from church just returned from Haiti. They went on a medical trip. They mostly gave out antibiotics for conditions that we consider normal, but could be dangerous if left untreated. They said that they helped a man with his eyes. Had his eyes not treated him he would have been blind before the next missions trip. How sad! I'm thankful they were able to treat him. Next week they will be sharing their pictures and stories. I'm anxious to hear what they say.