Recently, I've been reading, Greatest Secrets of the Coupon Mom to help refresh myself on maximum grocery saving ideas and learn some new ones. I became so inspired, I just had to go to the grocery. I'm counting it as part of next week's budget, because it was all stockpile. Here's a picture of what I got:
After shopping at Aldi all month, it was nice and refreshing to pick up some name brand idems again. And Kroger milk is soooo good, in my opinion! Everything I bought I had a coupon for (the milk was a promotion). Before coupons and sales, the total for everything above would have cost $41.61...
My total bill was $13.85! That's 67% savings!
I could have bought more (for example, the chicken was at its lowest price point), but I need to keep the freezer low since we will be moving out of town in less than a month.
The book really inspired me to further reduce my grocery spending. I already don't spend much at the grocery store, but now I'm learning strategies on how to get it even lower. One of the things I'm currently working on is creating a price book for the three major stores I shop at. I will be updating this price book once a week for two months to help identify trends in most sales. And since the stores I shop at are major chains, I won't have to worry about figuring out a new store once we move.
If you are looking for ways to cut back in your budget, I highly recommend Stephanie Nelson's book. She is the grocery shopping and couponing guru of today.
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