Many of you might know by now that I am not a fan of coupon-ing. I haven't caught “the bug” that many people have. The reasons I choose not to coupon-clip when buying groceries are:
- It takes too much time for my taste.
- I don't really like grocery shopping anyway, and REALLY don't want to have to go to multiple stores, multiple times a week (plus, we only have one car right now so my time with a car is very valuable to me any more!).
- I don't buy name-brand items because I can typically find no-name items cheaper.
- Most of the items you get with coupons are pantry or freezer items and are full of preservatives and unhealthy additives.
- You can save a ton on non-food items, but you have to store them, and end up with a lot of stuff that you would never need or would never buy if you didn't have a coupon in the first place.
I know many of you completely disagree with me, but that's simply MY opinion that I've gathered from MY own experiences. If coupon-ing works for you, great! Keep going!
- buying bulk,
- stocking up when on sale,
- buying items for price (thus disregarding brand most of the time)
- price-matching at one store so I get the best deals in one stop,
- and buying only what I need.
- It's easier for me to plan my meals around the foods I buy when I deal shop.
- I tend to save the most on produce, protein, and fresh and healthy items.
- I only have to shop once or twice a month and spend only about 5-10 minutes in prep time.
- Some storing of extra items is required, but nothing like the storage space you need when coupon-ing.
- My family is small so I don't need all the extra stuff. Maybe my mind would change if I had a family of 6.
FOR EXAMPLE… I just went to Wal Mart yesterday to get a few items. Through price matching (I used dealstomeals.com) I spent about 3-4 minutes on the computer before I left, and saved a bundle by getting:
- CHICKEN (fresh, not frozen in bags): Regularly $1.99/lb, price matched for $1.59/lb (this is an amazing deal, stock up!!)
- Savings: $4.80
- FRENCH BREAD: Regularly $1.50/loaf, price-matched for $0.88/loaf
- Savings: $1.24
- CILANTRO: Regularly $0.50ea (or more), price-matched for 6 for $1
- Savings: $2.04
- WATERMELLON: Regularly $4.95ea, price-matched for 9lb for $0.99
- Savings: $4.13
Click HERE (or watch below) to see an interesting video that might just change your mind on the way you shop. Which shopper do you think got the better deal??