Confession I am a coupon binder and
price match list toting shopper. I started my money saving journey
shortly after getting married. I would price match and coupon
randomly, saving a little here and there. To be honest it was fun to
save, but not an absolute necessity as we were d.i.n.k.s (double
income no kids). We used a $50/week budget for the two of us and had
room in the budget for splurges like steak, shrimp, cola, chips and ice cream.
After becoming a stay-at-home mom we decided to keep the same budget. Which meant that I needed to find better ways to save money on groceries. I entered the world of serious couponing, I wouldn't call it extreme but some might. I found it to be a great way to save money, however with adding more kids I just did not have the time to go from store to store, clipping and filing hundreds of coupons etc.
I have now found price matching and coupons to be the best way for me to stay within my budget. I do not have the hundreds of coupons from buying multiple copies of newspapers. Instead I print coupons from online resources and use coupon inserts that are given to me from friends and family. I only save the coupons for products that I use. I feel like I have found a great balance of using coupons and still getting the best grocery prices for my area. Here are some tips to help you find a good balance.
-Have an organizational system for the coupons that you have. Either a binder, envelope, filing box etc. just to make finding the coupons that you do have easier.
-Look at your areas price match list on priceMATCHERZ.com and find the deals you need. We also put a COUPON ALERT with a link to the coupon page beside any items that we know there is a printable coupon for.
-When checking out let your
cashier know you are price matching and give them the prices. After
they have totaled your purchase hand over your coupons for additional
Have you tried using coupons and price matching together for a great money saving team?