The key to saving money on groceries is meal planning! Even if you don't clip coupons you will still save money by planning your meals around what is on sale. However, let me make it clear that if you plan your meal around what's on sale AND use your coupons you will save a lot of money! All it takes is a little time and organization. I've created the below tools to make it easy and fun!
1. Figure out what is on sale. I do this by looking at the newspaper ads and at grocery store websites. I also go to Coupon Mom, select my state and store, and use the list it generates to see all of the specials with existing coupons. You can also browse Hot Coupon World or BeCentsAble to make sure you're not missing any great deals. Wednesday is when the weekly sales are announced and I try to shop on Thursday.
2. Plan your weekly meals. Print and laminate my Carolina Clipper Weekly Meal Planner. Use an overhead marker (the dry erase markers will smudge) and hang on your fridge. Wipe clean with water the following week to use it over and over! Another tip: instead of searching my cookbooks and recipe box every week I created this Recipes At A Glance tool. I simply filled in our favorite meals and glance at this to plan my meals around what is on sale. It's a time saver for sure!
3. Create your shopping list. Use my Carolina Clipper Store Shopping List to make your trips quick and easy! Generally you'll be getting 10 items or less at one store because you're only getting the items that are on special AND for which you have a coupon. I go to three or four stores on Thursday morning and it takes me about an hour...with a small baby. Pull your coupons before you go to the store so that you're prepared.