Get Big Grocery Savings Without Clipping Grocery Coupons!
But, you can still use ‘em if ya just gotta
What do I have against grocery coupons? People everyday save a ton of money using them. The Coupon Mom and the Grocery Game have made a ton of money teaching people how to save a ton of money using grocery coupons. Coupons work. You can definitely save money using them. So why don’t I advocate their use?
The simple answer is coupons are typically for processed foods. Your premade soups, and boxed meals and such. You can work the system and save a lot of money buying that stuff. But you have to ask yourself, does my family really want to eat this stuff and do I want my family to eat this stuff. If I don’t particularly care for a particular soup manufacturer, I don’t want to have to eat their soup just because I have a coupon for them. You gotta figure the stuff they are putting coupons out for are the things they want to move. Why do they want to move them? Because for some reason or another, they aren’t moving on their own. No manufacturer is going to put out a coupon on a screaming hot selling (popular) item.
Cooking From Scratch
Aside from not wanting to be “forced” into buying a product I really don’t want to eat just because I have a coupon and can get it cheap, I prefer to make my foods from scratch. I’ve said before that I’m not a nutritionist, but I’m certain that foods cooked from scratch are, generally speaking, a whole lot healthier than processed foods.
Lastly, I really have no desire to take the time to clip coupons. Sure, I spend a lot more time in the kitchen than those who prepare the processed foods, but I really enjoy doing it and would rather spend the extra time there than at the kitchen table clipping grocery coupons.
What If I Just Gotta Clip?
Is there a place in the world for coupon clippers? Absolutely! I loved to cook and would rather do that than clip grocery coupons, but not everyone is like me. There is no doubt you can save more money strategically clipping coupons than you can with my strategy, but I think that savings comes at a cost. That cost is in lower-quality food and/or food you really don’t want to eat. If you value the savings over the quality of the food and you have the organization and the patients to clip coupons, then my strategy in its entirety is probably not for you. I’ve put together this web site for folks like me who really don’t want to be bothered with clipping grocery coupons, but want some savings.
As a final note, you can still use my strategy and clip coupons.
If you are a committed Coupon Mom clipper, you can use the menu-planning portion of my strategy. Clip your coupons then put together a menu based on what you are going to buy with your coupons. Stick to that menu and include my quick hits, regular meals, leftovers, backup plan strategies. Read my strategy overview or go to my home page to learn more about my strategies if you aren’t already familiar with them.
You can also check out my page on grocery coupon websites to learn about the options out there on the internet.
The Hybrid Chef
If you want to cook from scratch and still use grocery coupons there is a plan for you as well. We all need condiments, bread, snacks, juices… There are plenty of items that typically come out of our grocery budget that are not simply raw ingredients. Clip grocery coupons for these items if it makes sense for you.
Lastly, most of us buy our toiletries and cleaning supplies on our grocery shopping trips. Coupons for these items are also very popular in the Sunday paper. Clipping coupons for these items obviously has no effect on my system and will save you money which, of course, is the end goal in all this hoopla – in short, have at it! The most efficient way to be a hybrid chef is to use printable manufacturers grocery coupons.
All in all, I am not against using coupons. The great thing about my grocery savings strategy is you can take or leave the coupons depending on your desires.