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Like most people I am amazed at my total at the grocery store each week. Factor into that the amount of times we go out to eat, grab takeout and the disgust is even greater..... I swear I buy the same things at the grocery store each week and hardly any of the products offer coupons. I've joined different online groups, ie grocery game, etc to look at ways to save money but they all seem like a LOT Of work. With three active boys, we aren't home alot so the idea of being on the computer for hours navigating these sites is difficult. I admire all who are successful at these ways of saving at the grocery but was curious if anyone else has come up with some ideas for saving at the grocery. I realize that eating home is much cheaper but I would be willing to bet my next trip to the mall that we are not likely to stop our eating out, especially if you have ever tasted my cooking! LOL

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I also realized it is just not realistic to expect a home cooked meal every night. Cheaper and healthier than take out is getting prepared or semi-prepared from the market.
A lot of times we'll just grab a bagged salad, a roasted chicken from the deli and some grapes or melons or something. A lot cheaper than take out and a lot better for us.
Pasta is my other mainstay.
The best tip I have for saving on groceries without using coupons would be to PLAN AHEAD!! If you plan a menu and go into the store with a shopping list then you will cut down impulse purchases. Also I recommend stocking up on basics when your store has them on sale.
I just discovered Angel Food ministries. It's a great way to save on groceries. You can go to their website and locate churches across the country that participate in the program. The menu changes every month. For $30, you get a box of food that will feed a family of 4 for a week. You can order multiple boxes and extra boxes with different products. The program is for everyone. You don't have to show your income. The food is not damaged or old. The website is http://www.angelfoodministries.com/ . I just picked up my first box yesterday and I was very happy with it. In today's economy, more and more people are going to need to find ways to save money on groceries.
Planning a list of meals for a seven day period works best for me, and shopping the edges of the store, avoiding processed foods saves a lot of money for us. Stocking up on sales so you don't have to buy health and beauty aids is a big $saver too.
Grocery Game really doesn't take much time at all! I highly recommend you look into it again. The whole point of GG is to make it EASY for you to save - all you do is clip coupons and print their list each week.

Consider using generic - it's cheaper and often tastes or works the same.

Watch for opportunities to combine a store coupon with a manufacturers coupon - last week I snagged packs of Stride gum for only .12 each (normally $1.20 each) because I used a manufacturers coupon and a store coupon.

Shop with a list and do NOT buy anything not on your list!

If you take an hour or so on a Sunday to clip coupons, flip through fliers and look at the GG site you'll see big savings in no time.

I live in the Kansas City are and feed my family of 5 (husband, myself and 3 toddlers) on $310 a month. That number includes all toiletries, paper products, cleaning supplies and food.
I wish I could get more coupons without having to buy Sunday papers, I do sometimes save money on things I use and go for the HEB meal deals but even when I buy generic it gets expensive
If you do have time to look on the internet for coupons, there are a couple of places to snag them as well as freebies and samples...

I always watch Money Saving Mom and Frugal Freebies and Deals for the latest deals. Those sites are updated several times a day, so I find it best to subscribe by e-mail, otherwise I tend to miss things!
I don't really have a way to save on groceries, but I did just discover a money saver for Fabric Softner. Take a spray bottle,fill it a quarter of the way with liquid fabric sofner,then fill the rest with water! Take a face cloth and sray it with the mixture, both sides until wet,(but not soaking) then throw it in the dryer with your wet clothes. I have one for whites,one for jeans,then one for reds,that I use over and over again. It really does save money and the static in the winter has been gone since doing it this way. I use to buy liquid and also dryer sheets because the static in my home was awful! I know it is not food savings but every little bit helps!
Cool tip Debbie! Thanks for sharing that - I'd never heard that one before.

Debbie Layne said:
I don't really have a way to save on groceries, but I did just discover a money saver for Fabric Softner. Take a spray bottle,fill it a quarter of the way with liquid fabric sofner,then fill the rest with water! Take a face cloth and sray it with the mixture, both sides until wet,(but not soaking) then throw it in the dryer with your wet clothes. I have one for whites,one for jeans,then one for reds,that I use over and over again. It really does save money and the static in the winter has been gone since doing it this way. I use to buy liquid and also dryer sheets because the static in my home was awful! I know it is not food savings but every little bit helps!
My problem is I absolutely HATE to cook so use any excuse I can not to have to cook. I also am disabled so there are so many nights when I just can not make myself cook. I have 2 teen boys so a kids meal at McDonald's doesn't cut it anymore. They could eat that as an appetizer, lol. I do know that to eat out is getting more and more expensive so we are definitely going to have to cut back. I used to do the coupon thing but can't keep up with my life anymore, from my health, let alone take the time it does to really save money with coupons. Everything is just getting more and more expensive but people are being laid off left and right. Things are tough all over right now.
Coupons! Coupons! Coupons! I just can't say it enough! They really make a big difference!
Menu Menu Menu!
And I make a lot of homemade stuff (bread, dough, etc.). I know sometimes there isn't always time to slave over a hot stove but it will save money.

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