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Old 09-04-2008, 05:04 PM   #11
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I make a weekly menu and check my pantry, fridge and freezer before I go grocery shopping. When I used to try to make up a week's worth of meals at the grocery store, I often ended up buying duplicates of staples and other things I already had at home. And I shop the sales - didn't used to do much of that either. Coupons don't work so well for me - we often buy store brands, which are more of a savings.
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:20 PM   #12
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I also shop with a list but I always am on the hunt for a deal for my pantry so I always check my coupons. I go on Double coupon days!

I just got Uncle Bens rice the other day when the grocery store had it on sale buy one get one free. They were $2.00 a box. I had two $1.00 coupons. I went on the double coupon day and got 4 free boxes! They had brand name cereal on sale for $1.98 a box. I had 2 coupons for $.50 each so I ended up with 2 boxes of cereal for $1.96. I get lots of coupons from couponmom.com

I get lots of free things. Some I use and some I don't. The things I don't use I give to my kids or I donate them to the local food bank.
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:33 PM   #13
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:49 PM   #14
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Sure Suzi but if you want the free stuff, you have to come and get it.
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:55 PM   #15
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Mama, what's that site all about? I'm always a bit leary about registering on sites that offer stuff. I'm looking for an alternative to newspaper coupons because, well..... I don't buy the newspaper. I don't mind looking at a bunch of advertisements on webpages like this site has, but I don't want bombarded with coupons everytime I check my email. Even on a Yahoo email account.

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Just looking for a way to get back to using coupons
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Old 09-04-2008, 06:00 PM   #16
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I get an email from them about once a week. It gives me coupons and links to other really good deals but if you don't want to get the email you can unsubscribe. They don't send you a bunch of junk and they don't appear to sell your email address.
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Old 09-04-2008, 06:27 PM   #17
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Cool.
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Old 09-04-2008, 06:37 PM   #18
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I'm a "stick to the list person" too,
as well as a "leave the dh at home!" shopper. LOL

I love free coupons -
I also use this site: Coupons, Grocery Coupons - The Grocery Game :: Home
I don't know how many years I've done this one, maybe 5 at least.
It has a list of the things in your store that are on sale which coincide with current coupons. Then it shows you what you'll pay for each.
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Old 09-04-2008, 06:46 PM   #19
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I shop much more carefully than I used to and try to compare unit prices sticking to low cost meats such as chicken legs or whole chickens and pork shoulder or chuck steak and build meals around them.

I have largely cut out luxury items such as expensive seafood or fancy cheese

I no longer buy organic dairy

I shop at several different stores rather than just pay too much for ceertain items at one place

I also try to extend purchases that make meals that will provide good lefovers for lunch or can be used to make another meal

I have almost mostly eliminated eating any takout and try to eat luch from what I have rather than go out and grab someting

Food shopping was always one of my big expenses and sort of a hobby. Now I try to make a project out of figureing out how to make great meals on the cheap.

Oddly I am eating and cooking better than ever
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Old 09-04-2008, 08:23 PM   #20
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I go on the shopping tour.... I get produce from one place, a green grocer with excellent prices, just tiny aisles and shopping carts from every store known to man. I have a butcher and a fish monger, both who have gotten to know me. I only buy what I will cook within the next two days. I buy good bread and deli meats from an italian bakery/deli. Everything else I get from the supermarket. For the most part, I only shop once a week, but make enough to get me through the next several days, living on leftovers.

My best advice is just buy what you know you can consume. Don't buy in bulk unless you positively will use it. Sometimes, money in the bank is better than money on your shelf...in other words, keep a very tight inventory.
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