Grocery Shopping with coupons is a daunting experience for some, for others not so much. In either case, it takes planning and time to shop a grocery store with coupons.
Choose your Grocery Store
When you begin shopping your grocery store, you probably have a couple choices. We have found it simpler to choose one Grocery Store and Walmart.
Both are price conscious, both take coupons, and Walmart price matches. What Walmart does not offer that our grocery store offers doubling of coupons up to $0.65 which makes them a better deal under most circumstances.
You must plan your shop. Put together your list. List out how many items you have of each. Figure you want to shop to have 4-6 weeks of product for use.
After you have assembled your list, take stock in what you need to purchase and what would be nice to purchase.
Next step, grab your circular. Take a look at all the products offered and match the items up against your list of items you need. You might have some that do not fit. Do not worry. You still want to keep your “needed” items in mind for when you go to the next step.
Coupon Match Up
Here is where the bulk of your planning work will occur. You want to go to your Green Leaf organizer/binder and match up coupons. You want to search the Internet for manufacturer offers. Visit this site and search for offers. In other words, get to work.
Once you have completed all your planning it is time to look it over and make sure you are ready. Arrange your coupons as you would shop the store. It is no fun going up and down aisles for hours. If you use the Green Leaf Binder it is arranged by section and provides a map for shopping your list.
There are many schools of thought on this. When do you shop? Do you bring your binder? How do you arrange your coupons? What about coupons for in-store specials?
These and more considerations are decisions you will face as you go shopping. We recommend NOT bringing in your binder. Leave it in the car. You can always go get a coupon or two if you find an in-store special.
Have your list and coupons arranged in a manner that you can easily grab and go. You don’t want to be lingering for 20 minutes in front of the mustard trying to find the $0.35 off one coupon while the rest of the patrons avoid you.
Timing is a consideration. We prefer to shop when there are fewer people out. Late at night, early in the morning on the weekends is best; especially Sunday before Church.
If you have any other tips or pointers, please feel free to share below. We will respond to all comments and appreciate your loyalty to Green Leaf!