Coupons and grocery shopping

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  1. SparksNV

    SparksNV Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2010
    Spanish Springs, NV
    Ok - so like most people I want to get the most for my money. I don't expect to shop and get $200 worth of groceries for $50 but I would like to be a bit more coupon savvy.

    I do look at the grocery ads and buy most of my meat on sale. I shop Walmart and Costco as well as smaller grocery stores (ie Raley's, Save Mart). I don't have room to raise my own meat (wish I did). I also don't want to spend hours sorting through everything.

    Please no comments on Walmart (to shop there or not - there is a thread about buying chicken feed at Walmart and it morphed into opinions about Walmart - please go to that thread or start your own - to voice those opinions - thank you!)

    I like to make monthly menus and shop to my menus - I base it on what is in my freezer and use that up before I buy more meat.

    Please tell me your best tips and how you organize your coupons and shopping.
  2. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    About the only coupons I actually use are the Kroger ones. Have the card there, they track purchases and all? They'll send me out a batch that's tuned to my purchases. LOVE IT. They send me coupons for THEIR brand, cuz that's what I buy, instead of the name brand that even with a coupon is more... and again, it's for stuff that I buy anyways.

    Too many people buy something just cuz it's on sale or there's a coupon. Takes willpower to not do that, so my best bet is to avoid those things altogether and just stick to my list.
  3. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    I've never had any luck with the coupon thing. Most of the ones from newspapers or magazines are for items that I don't use anyway, and I'll only buy something like that if it's cheaper than what I normally use. I go for store/generic brands, markdowns, and discount type stores.
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    If you are eating real food, you most likely wont have coupons anyway. Rarely I will find a coupon for soap or shampoo. Other than that, naddda. The best way to save money on groceries is to sigh up for the weekly sale flyer via email for each of your local stores and plan according to who has the best deals. Stock up on items that are loss leaders. For me this week's stock up is 29¢/lb winter squash at Sunflower Market.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2010
  5. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    I clip coupons for things I *might* buy and check out the clearance rack first. If there is something on the rack that I use and I have a coupon for it, its a no-brainer. (Esp on cereal that is usually only discounted because the box is dented). I also use eCoupons. Those are really handy because I don't have to carry them around and find them - the amount is deducted automatically at the checkout if I buy qualifying items. When I find something that is a really good deal and its a non-perishable, I stock up on it and store it until I can use it.
  6. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2007
    I get daily emails from This is the "Everyday Cheapskate" email from a few days ago about storing sale items. It may help decide which things you may want to stock up on. I've never really used coupons because seldom do I have a coupon for something I really need that's not an overpriced name brand.

    Look up the word impulsive in the dictionary and prepare to see my face. I have five big bags of chocolate chips in my freezer to prove it. They are the ghosts of Christmases past when my plans exceeded my available time.

    Have I also mentioned the two containers of candied fruit that I picked up the year I knew I’d have all kinds of time to make fruitcake? They have to be at least seven years old by now and curiously show absolutely no sign of becoming stale.

    Many supermarkets put baking supplies on sale starting about Thanksgiving and continuing through Christmas. Given the grim predictions that inflation has already begun to send food prices higher, you should consider stocking up now when the price is right. So, how long will this stuff last if you decide to buy enough for the year? It all depends on the item and if you have the space to store it properly.

    Baking soda. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place; good for two years unopened, six months opened.

    Brown sugar. Store in freezer, and use within six months, opened or unopened.

    Butter. Salted butter is good up to five months refrigerated. Unsalted butter has a short shelf life of about three months in the refrigerator. Butter can be frozen for around six months.

    Canned evaporated milk. Store unopened for up to six months. After this time, it will not turn sour, but it will turn yellow and lose its flavor.

    Chocolate chips. Store at room temperature; 18-24 months unopened, one year if opened.

    Flour. Store in freezer. Unopened flour lasts for up to a year; opened, six to eight months. Whole wheat flour is good for up to a year unopened, but use within six months if opened so the oil doesn’t dry out.

    Granulated sugar. Store in cool, dry place; good for two years unopened; use within six months if opened.

    Corn syrup. ACH Food Companies, Inc., the company that manufactures Karo syrup, says it is safe for consumption for an indefinite period of time whether it has been opened or not. Light corn syrup may turn slightly yellow with age, but this is normal and not harmful.

    Marshmallow creme. Up to four months unopened; store in refrigerator once opened and use within two months.

    Marshmallows. Keep in an airtight container in a cool, dry place; good for three months.

    Powdered sugar. Store in a cool, dry place (not the refrigerator); good for eighteen months unopened.

    Pure vanilla extract. Store at room temperature; as long as it is pure, it has an indefinite shelf life. In fact, it even gets better with age.

    Raisins. Up to three years stored at temperatures up to 80 F. Can be refrigerated.

    Spices, ground. Store in a cool, dry place for two to three years.

    Sweetened condensed milk. Store in a cool, dry place; good for one year unopened; invert can every two months.

    I am still searching for information on candied fruit. So far I can find no indication that it will ever spoil or change in quality or texture.

    I’ll keep you posted.

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