Okay, I have now spoken on the phone to my mom and sister and they want to try this project with me. There is so much information that I get a little overwhelmed so I'm going to start off slow and easy. We will become more efficient with each lesson but let's start small. Most of us probably already do this but here goes:
I don't think there are many "coupons" for produce. Our family eats a lot from this department of the grocery store so I wasn't sure how to cut costs in this area. But, no matter where you shop for groceries, they usually have "specials." This week for example, Bell Peppers, Bartlett & Anjou Pears, and Avocados - along with lots of other items- are on sale at Kroger. My family definitely uses all of these items so I bought them using my Kroger card. The strategic part is buying the fruit on sale instead of all of the fruit not on sale.
I was aware (which is the most important thing) and I did not pick up the pre-packaged "Stoplight" peppers which were selling for 3/$5.99 instead I bought 3 colorful bell peppers for $3.75 (and you don't have to buy 3... we will eat them but only buy as much as you'll eat... $1.25 each). That is an obvious savings. Baby steps...
Another example; there were two other
(breeds?) types of pears I could have plucked for my cart, but I checked the stickers (and the blaring yellow sale sign) and bought the pears that were $.99/pound instead of $2-3.99 per pound! Same with the Braeburn, Cameo, or Jonagold Apples.
On the other hand, carrots are not on sale this week. We HAVE to have carrots so I bought carrots.
This is all simply using the store shopper card. Painless, really.
I am using the very helpful but not at all pretty or interesting Coupon Mom.com website. I think I visited and joined this website years ago but quickly lost interest. Only when I viewed a Coupon Mom video on YouTube did I feel like giving this a try.
Go to YouTube and click on one of her videos. Choose one where the actual blonde Coupon Mom is physically in a grocery store. I found her to be MUCH more relate-able than the women I've seen on the Extreme Couponing shows.
The people that she talks about just going in the store and paying full price... that was ME! I would just walk in, get what I need and pay full price. If I can get the exact same things for less, that is exciting to me!