We've all heard stories about people who clip coupons and save tons of money off of their grocery bill. I am always amazed at how they manage to do it - it has never worked out that well for me! Saving lots of money on your grocery bill, whether you coupon or not, does take some planning. My planning often involves reading the weekly grocery ads and planning my shopping trips accordingly, as well as planning connections with local food producers when they are selling their products. My planning has also recently included ordering and picking up produce and bread products from the Bountiful Baskets food co-op.
While I do use the occassional coupon, depending on couponing to regularly save money on my groceries has never been a successful strategy for me. Much of my grocery shopping lists consist of whole, fresh, foods - I do alot of my cooking from scratch. I have never had much success finding coupons for these types of food. They may be out there, but so far they have eluded me! For things like meat, milk, and honey I have been able to find local producers that offer a higher quality product for similar, and sometimes cheaper prices, than the grocery store. One of the things I like about buying locally is that I am also supporting my local economy and food producers, as well as receiving a high quality food product in return. I live in a state where agriculture is a large industry, so my access to these food producers may be different and more affordable than if I lived somewhere else. I have also wondered if couponing success differs upon where you live.
How do you save money on your grocery bill? Do you coupon successfully to save large amounts on your grocery bill? Share your stories! I'd love to hear your ideas!
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