Mission: To save as much as I possibly can on groceries without looking at a single sales advertisement, shopping at more than one store, or using even one coupon.
I decided to do an experiment. There are many people out there who do not have time to coupon and look through weekly advertisements for grocery stores in their area. Even though it only takes me approximately two hours every other week to coupon, plan meals, and line up deals at grocery stores, I realize that this is because I have honed my shopping skills (on top of us grocery shopping every other week, putting together a recipe binder, and the fact that my husband does a lot of the cooking in our household). Not everyone has time to hone their skills, or even has two hours every other week before going grocery shopping. So for a month and a half I did not look at one sales advertisement. And though I used coupons, I am basing my numbers below on the savings I reaped without having used any coupons.
Instead, I used the grocery game service SavingsAngel.com during three grocery shopping trips from October 28, 2012 through December 16th, 2012. Here is my breakdown of savings, without using coupons, looking at a sales advertisement, and with only shopping at one store:
- October 28, 2012: saved $22.00 for a total bill of $116.92
- December 2, 2012: saved $27.16 for a total bill of $135.53
- December 16, 2012: saved $27.27 for a total bill of $114.63
You can save substantially more by using coupons. This service will pair up the weekly sales with the exact flyer that you can find the coupon in, so you only need to keep backdated issues of the coupon inserts in a pile (the date of each insert is printed on its binding towards the top in very small font). However, for very little effort, I was able to save a substantial amount of money for only two people—$76.43 in a period of a month (approximately $917 a year!). Imagine how much savings you could have for a family of 4+?
What else do I love about SavingsAngel.com? All coupon policies for each of the stores are provided. The full retail price that discount percentages are calculated from is averaged from different stores in the area, so you know you are getting an actual savings instead of relying on the store advertised “original price” which is usually bloated. Any store is available to you (other lists make you pay for a number of stores). Also, you can simply click on items to add to your list and then print a master shopping list at the end, which makes grocery shopping that much easier.
If you would like to sign up for this service and see how much you can decrease your grocery store spending, please check these guys out. I would recommend starting by watching the Enlightened Shopper Video (22:50 minutes long) as it will truly show you how to navigate the site.
Do you have time to coupon? Have you tried a grocery game service before?