Thursday, May 21, 2009

Save More At The Grocery Store

I've been trying to find ways to save some money since I'm on a mission to re-do my hall bath and the first place I always look to cut expenses is my grocery bill. I guess that's the one most of us tackle first! I do the usual cutting coupons, shopping for my pantry, and menu planning but there are always more ways to cut costs.

Did you know that if you have say a Target coupon you can use a manufacturer's coupon on top of that? Two different coupons for one item! Now, I've always known that I just never made the effort to do it.

Did you know that there are sites on the web that tell you how to combine your coupons with sales to get the most for your shopping dollar? I knew this too but never really used them.

Did you know that there are sites where you can print out coupons and sites where you can load coupons onto your shopper card? Yep, knew this too but hardly ever did it!

Well I've finally started doing these things and I got some really good deals this week. I thought I'd share some of the links that I've been using with you. Now I do have to say that it takes a bit of time to look through the deals and print the coupons. But if you need to trim your grocery budget some more it would be worthwhile to have a look. If there are things that you would by anyway why not pay less!

Or if an item is free after coupons, why not get it and give it to someone you know can use it or wait till you have a bunch and give someone a nice care package. Donating to food pantries is always an option if you find something for free and it's not something your family eats or uses.


A good place to start is
Money Saving Mom. She always posts lots of different freebies and deals. You really have to check her several times a day. These two are from her:

For a free down load of Larry Burkett's Money Matters at

Load coupons onto your shopper card Cellfire

Frugal Living and Having Fun lists weekly coupon matchups at Target, Walgreens, CVS, Shaws, WalMart and Rite Aid! She also gives you the links to the printable coupons you can use in these deals.

Save at Home Mommy even has Restaurant coupon links!

Check out i Mommies.They also list weekly deals at Target and other places.

This is my new favorite place Organic Grocery You do have to register in order to be able to print coupons etc. but I haven't received any SPAM or unwanted emails from them yet.

I saved $8 off my Target bill this week and I even got an item for free! I paid 99 cents for a bottle of A1 Steak sauce which we love and were out of and several other things and I wouldn't have used some of the coupons I used if I hadn't checked out those web sites and been alerted to the deals.

I hope this helps some of you that need to stretch your dollars even further.


Kathleen Ellis said...

Great info, Manuela...we all can use a few extra $$ in our pocket these days! and this is a very smart way to do it!
happy holiday weekend!

Melissa Miller said...

WOW! Great ideas.
Thanks for sharing this info. :)

Linda's Blue Gate said...

That money is hard to come by so it is nice to save all we can..... now if I could just get hubby to agree with me..... I spend a lot less at the store when I go alone...
Thanks for the great tips..

Meghan said...

Good Luck!

I started doing this when I was laid off 6 months ago! I've saved so much, I've started to stockpile! :)

I even started my own blog! to compile savings and deals!

Happy Deal Hunting!

Lisa said...

Manuela, this is perfect!!! I've always been so jealous of the girls who save like $136 on their grocery bills. AWESOME info, and THANK YOU for the links!!!

Unknown said...

I love using the Target coupons. Sometimes they aren't very happy about the extra effort it takes for them but I walked away with a saving of over $15 this morning. Two of the sites you had were new to me. Thanks so much for them.


Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

You make such good points. I know there are so many deals to be had out there, I just haven't taken the time to look. I appreciate all the info in this post!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Thanks for the links to those sites. My grocery bill could use some trimming for sure!

Lady Katherine said...

Great info! I use the 50% off Hobby Lobby coupon when need something. I going to tell my daughters too. I think they would love these links! I love anyway to save and will get to buy something else!

Betty said...

Great information....Betty

Kathleen Grace said...

Good tips, I use couponmom but I havent tried doubling up on my coupons yet. I hope to have more time for this when school gets out in June:>)

Christina said...

Glad for the information. It is always good to find sites that will help save money. I'll have to send your post to one of my sister-in-laws too, she is very into couponing.

Somehow I missed your post about knobs. Love the variety you have.

Sue said...

If you have an Aldi nearby I would suggest checking it out. I was pleasantly surprised at what I could get there. I posted about it on my blog.

Mary Ann said...

It does take a bit of time to find the deals, but I find that it's totally worth the money I save. And we eat very well!

My favorite website/blog for store deals is Southern Savers( She gives the weekly ads with coupon match-ups for many of the stores here in the South. I have saved so much more at my local grocery stores since finding her site!

GlorV1 said...

I think that is great info. I am still doing my once monthly shopping and trying to be frugal, as that is my word for the year. I pretty much have it down pat now. I buy what I need once a month. In between if milk or bread is needed I pick that up. We have chickens now and are getting 2 eggs a day. So that is cool. Thx Manuela, take care.

Terri Steffes said...

Hey, thank you so much for the information. I am wanting to redo our bath as well. Maybe I will be able to cut back too!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Thank you for the sweet encouragement on my new endeavor. : )

Leave a Legacy said...

These are some great tips. Thank you. I enjoy your site.
I have an award waiting for you at my site.

Suzann said...

I NEEDED this post. Thank You. I spend waaaay too much money on groceries.

Jennifer said...

As always, Manuela, great ideas! I had no idea that you could combine store/manufacturers coupons! I'll have to remember that!

We have cut our grocery bills by cutting the junk food and processed food consumption. Instead of bags of chips and Little Debbies (among other things) we have gone to fruit and homemade treats. Between that and buying mostly fresh produce or using what we canned I have dropped our grocery bill nearly 200.00 a month! I know that sounds like a lot, but our grocery bill was running about $800a month before I started this in January.

Have a great weekend!

Vee said...

Lots of good information here... I also like this one:

It does take a lot of time, but it's time well spent, I'm sure.

Stacey said...

Manuela, I've been talking about doing this for a long time. Finally got started. We don't have many grocery stores here, mostly Wal Mart and Target. We do have one store that just opened right by my house and they double coupons. This week I matched my coupons to the ad and saved 37%. Woo hoo! It's a worthwhile game to play, I think. :)

Sharon said...

Thanks Manuela. I am always looking for ways to save. Something I would also recommend is to keep a copy of the store's coupon policy on hand when grocery shopping. Some stores may say that they do not accept INTERNET coupons but if you have the store's policy in hand they will allow them.

I look forward to checking out some of the sites you listed. I already have some in my favorites :)

Have a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

I am so happy to be mentioned in your post! All of you feel free to ask questions and let me know of anything I can do to help you on your adventures. I too post deals each week for Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Albertsons, Vons/Safeway, Food Lion and Kroger and I am growing all the time! Happy couponing!

Angie said...

I totally need this because I spend way too much for our little family. Thanks for the info!

Mimi Sue said...

Thanks so much for the links. I know I could save a ton of money if I would just do it. Your buffet turned out so cute. I have all the stuff to do a little table I just need to find the time. Thanks for the tips! Mimi

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

Very valuable information and links Manuela!! Thank you so much. I am off to check the organic site!!
Have a lovely weekend!

Joyce said...

Great info. Back in the early 80s I use to do refunding for money. Save labels and mail them to the manufacturer and they would then send you a coupon for a free item or send you a check. It was time consuming but it paid off. I use to buy all my weekly groceries for less then $10 and that included diapers too. I clip coupons all the time as I look as those coupons as green money. I also make a list and stick to it. I shop the perimeter of the food market for healthier foods too and that often saves $$$.

Shauntelle said...

MANUELA!!!! So glad to see you back! I ran across your new blog by accident from a link at Canyon Wren Cottage and as I was scrolling through the pictures, I was like.... wait, I recognize that toile! And that bookcase... this has to be Manuela from A Feathered Nest! YAY, so glad I found you!!!

xoxo - Shauntelle @ A Beautiful Abode

About Southern Belle said...

Wow, thanks for all the money saving tips. I had never heard of loading coupons on to my shoppers card. How efficent, I love it!

Kelli said...

Thank you for the links, Manuela! I would like to start saving more at the grocery store, too. Have a wonderful weekend!

Andrea said...

I love your blog! It is lovely, and your home is absolutely beautiful!

I love toile fabric, also. I have a pink toile pattern in my living room. I found a furniture set, including curtains, at an antique shop. I believe the fabric was from cottage hill(?). You can view it on the slide show that's on my blog, if you like.

I have some vintage knobs I happened upon at a thrift store, and there are just enough of them to use in my kitchen!

I so enjoyed perusing your place!

Many blessings to you,


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Thanks so much for that post! I LOVE saving money. I'm going to check these links out ASAP.

Happy Weekend!


Free Art Printables said...

THanks for sharing! Jen

Rosemary said...

Thanks for the great tips!!
I will try this.
Thanks for the birthday wishes to my daughter.
Have a great weekend,

Storybook Woods said...

Thank you for the links Manuela, I will check it out. I have not really used coupons, but every little bit helps. Clarice

Barb said...

Hi Manuela, this is so good and kind of you. I love it.

Many thanks and Happy Memorial Day!!


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TheRoosterChick said...

"Sites where you can print out coupons and sites where you can load coupons onto your shopper card". This is new to me, thanks so much for all the resources.