Friday, January 8, 2010

10 + ways to save on your Grocery Bill WITHOUT USING A SINGLE COUPON

I know learning how to coupon can be a daunting task.  How do you organize?  Am I really getting the best deal?  Is the cashier going to laugh at me (ok, maybe just me)?  I used to tell my husband that serious couponing made my head hurt.  Here are some tips and ideas on how to save money by making a few adjustments.  I added extra credit for the pros!

  1. Buy fruits and vegetables in season30-50% savings.
  2. Buy chicken, beef and all other meats on sale.  Boneless, skinless chicken breast is on sale for   $1.99 a lb. at Kroger and Publix (buy 4-6 weeks worth and freeze it in meal portions).  Bone in chicken is on sale for $.99 a pound at Kroger.  You can debone the chicken and use the bones to make your own chicken broth. 65% or more in savings
  3. Buy fattier ground turkey and beef for meals that require ground meat.  Brown the meat and then rinse it in a collander.  You will make your own healthier (leaner) ground turkey and beef.  30% or more in saving. 
  4. Buy a whole head of lettuce instead of bagged lettuce. Is it really that hard to cut lettuce? Wash the lettuce and put it in a salad spinner.  It takes less than 5 minutes but will save you 40% or more.
  5. Shop BUY 1 GET 1 FREE sales.  You do not have to buy 2 items on BOGO sales (unless in select locations).   I would stock up during these sales (4-6 week supply). (Also, 10 for $10 does not mean you have to buy 10 and 3 for $10 does not mean you have to buy 3. This is just a marketing strategy.) At least 50% savings.
  6. Don't buy deli meat.  Grill extra chicken, steak and turkey to make your own sandwich meat or chicken salads etc. 66% savings.
  7. Quit buying bottled water.  Leave tap water in a pitcher in your refrigerator.  The chlorine taste will nutralize after 24 hours.  Another way to save is use refrigerator filtration or use a Brita or Pur water pitcher. 78-100% savings.
  8. Kick the soda habit or at least buy 2-liters on sale.  Or, if you buy soda, buy it on sale and preferably 2-liter bottles. **2-liter coke products are on sale at Kroger for $.88 a bottle (stock up for 6-8 weeks). 60-100% in savings.
  9. Make your own desserts and birthday cakes.  72% savings
  10. Buy frozen fish unless it is on sale. Did you know frozen fish is fresher than fish found at most supermarkets?  25% or more in savings.
Extra Credit
  1. Learn how to make your own yogurt.   I know our kids love yogurt, and I would love to know that the ingredients are all natural. 
  2. Make your own cleaning products like our grandmothers did using natural products like  baking soda, vinegar, salt, mineral oil etc. The ingredients are cheap and green.  60% or more in savings.
  3. Use linen dishcloths to dry your hands and clean your counters in the kitchen rather than paper towels. 

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Georgia Aquarium discount

Too cold to go outside to play?? Mom's take advantage of the Georgia Aquarium’s Me and Mommy bargain

Pay adult admission ($25) and up to four children ages 5 and under are free, along with a free parking ticket valued at $10. Tickets must be purchased online by Feb. 28, but can be used through Dec. 31. Admission is free Monday through Friday.


Old Navy up to 75% off Clearance Sale + Shipping

Old Navy's Clearance Sale  is for up to 75% off. Shipping is a flat-rate $7 for your entire order. There are great clothes for the whole family.


    Ikea: FREE Breakfast and Sales- THIS WEEK END!

    IKEA's FREE Breakfast and Sale is this weekend! Just head on over there January 9th or 10th before 11am to get your FREE breakfast! You will receive a small breakfast and small cup of coffee. Offer not valid at IKEA Houston or IKEA Direct.
    They will not ONLY be offering up FREE breakfast, but also some really sweet deals on furniture and more! Two deals to note: a queen bed frame for just $99 and a loveseat for just $99! Plus, save up to 60% on many more items! 


    FREE AcquaEssentials Sample Pack + FREE Ship!

    Get a FREE AcquaEssentials sample Pack with FREE shipping! The sample pack includes FREE samples of their thermal water skin care products! I can’t wait to get mine!

    ACT FAST–before they sell out!  Keep in mind the site is running VERY slow.


    Target: Baby Bjorn Chocolate Brown

    My little girl went EVERYWHERE in a Baby Bjorn.  I just had to post this deal for the mommies out there!
    BABYBJĂ–RN Baby Carrier Original - Chocolate for $24.99


    Free subscription to Saveur magazine and La Cucina Italiana magazine

    Do you love food and cooking?  If so, you'll want to sign up here for a free subscription to Saveur magazine and here for a free subscription to La Cucina Italiana magazine.