Master Menu Plan Step 5 – Saving Money at the Grocery Store

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Now that you need to shop, how do you save money?  I have found that one great tool is using manufacturer’s coupons.  They come in the Sunday paper, you can find them in the grocery store attached to products or in a display called a “blinkie”, they can print out at the register as something called a “catalina” and you can find them and print them off the internet.

You need a way to organize those coupons.  I have tried the envelope system, the tackle box system and several others.  I have found the most effective one is the binder method.  I have several categories that make sense to me.  You can organize by aisle, by food type (dairy, snack, breakfast), or any other method that makes sense to you.

I used a Case-it 2-Inch Ring Zipper Binder to carry with me into the grocery store.  The binder then zips open and sits nicely on the child seat area.  I use Ultra Pro 25/9 Pocket Page Protectors and photo sheets to organize the coupons.

Coupon Binder
Coupons organized and ready to go!

So, here is what I do.  When I get the coupons in the Sunday paper, I clip them and organize them into my categories.  Then, when the ads come, I look to see if there are items that are on sale that I have coupons for.  I then pull those and put those in the front of the binder in baseball card holders that I use for each store.  Then when I go to the store, I don’t have to flip back and forth to search for the coupon.  I ALWAYS take my coupon binder with me to the store when shopping so that if an unadvertised sale comes up, or an item I might not use, but someone else I know might use, then I can pick it up for super cheap.  You can make fun gift baskets for showers, weddings or gifts using items that you got on sale.

There are a few other tools I use to increase my savings at the grocery store – even some that pay CASH back.  Keep your eyes open for those ideas later.  We hope some of these tips will help you in saving money at the grocery store.

Lisa 😀

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