A few months ago, I heard about a website you can subscribe to that tracks grocery prices, sales and coupons, in order to help you maximize your grocery dollar. It piqued my interest, but I really didn't look into it until a few days ago.
I'm definitely a bargain hunter, but I've been reluctant to cut coupons. When I tried it, it took a long time, I'd end up cutting a bunch I never used, and they were difficult to organize. I also worried I would end up buying stuff I ordinarily wouldn't, just because I had a coupon.
After checking out the subscription site, I found this free website that offers a similar service. It's http://www.southernsavers.com/. I've only used it once and it seems very helpful. You can decide how far to take your savings based on how much time you want to spend. For my purposes, I think I will take this approach:
1) Make my weekly Publix grocery list based on their sales circular. (I sometimes do the same for Kroger but not too regularly.)
2) Check the items on my list against the website for printable coupons (offered via link from the site).
3) Supplement with any readily-available coupons available in the store or flyers I have on hand (also listed on the Southern Savers website).
This way, hopefully, it will not take more than a few minutes and I won't end up with additional items.
If anyone uses the site, or checks it out as a result of this post, let me know your thoughts. I'd also love to hear your experiences with coupons and saving money on groceries in general.
(P.S. Andy is sure to make relentless fun of the dorkiness of this post, so feel free to join in!)
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