Organized Home Challenge is all about coupons. There are tons of couponing sites out there, and shows like Extreme Couponing, etc. At times, I've really been fascinated by the idea of couponing. And then I realized something. We don't have a Kroegers. Or an Albertsons. Or really any of the big grocery chains that the couponing sites are always talking about. We have smaller chain grocery stores. Now I'm not complaining! I'm a huge fan of both HyVee and Fareway. They offer a lot of great products and have good prices. But the coupon matching sites just don't cover them.
I tried subscribing to the weekend paper for the coupon inserts, but I wasn't getting enough coupons out of it to make up for the price of the paper. Part of that is my fault - we don't buy a lot of processed foods, and coupons for fresh meat and produce really don't happen very often. So, couponing, while it sounds good in theory, just doesn't work well for me.
I do have a couple of ways I save money on groceries, though, so I'll just share those with you.
The biggest way I save money though, is my cooking co-op. I LOVE my co-op. First of all, it's a really fun group of ladies. But it saves money, too. Most months I come home from co-op with 12-15 meals for my family, at a cost of (usually) around $10/meal. Since starting co-op, I have bought so much less meat! That cuts the grocery bill by a LOT. Plus, I'm not having to buy a bottle of something for a recipe, only to use 2 Tbsp and never use it again. Suppers for about 1/2 the month are covered by the co-op meals. The rest of the time we have quick meals, or something we have on our stand-by list.
So, I may not do the "traditional" coupon method of saving money on groceries, but I do have my little ways. What other ways do you save money on grocery shopping?