Don’t have Time for the Grocery Game? Try this Service Out – Frugal Confessions

Don’t have Time for the Grocery Game? Try this Service Out

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.

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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 use my referral link. 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?

5 comments… add one

  • Jules@Fat Guy,Skinny Wallet

    That is a really neat concept. I do all my grocery shopping at Aldi for our family of 6. We end up spending about 150$ every two weeks which I think is excellent. I don’t coupon at all because of time. This may be something worth looking into. Thanks for sharing!

    • FruGal

      That is a pretty incredibly cheap grocery bill for a family of 6. Way to go!

  • Aurora

    I’m intrigued by a service like this, although not only do I have less time for couponing, I’m finding that I’m moving farther and farther away from buying things that coupons are offered for! The exception is seeking out natural foods coupon sites or getting coupons directly from the websites for the products we buy (must refill ink cartridge to take advantage of that now that I’m not working in an office I can print from, ack!)

    • The great thing about the experiment is that I did not use coupons to get those savings (they list deals without coupons just as much as deals with coupons). However, I know what you are saying about the types of products that manufacturers typically offer coupons for–coupons for natural/organic/healthy products are harder to come by! The other good news is that this service offers a list for stores such as Whole Foods as well. In fact, I’ve been thinking about doing this experiment again at a store like Whole Foods to see if I could afford to shop there exclusively using this service.
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