grocery-store_0Saving money in the store is not as hard as you may think. My Air Force firstie (senior) son, Jonathan, has been known to go to the store with me in the past and use his own coupons to buy some protein bars, healthy snacks and drinks for his “Matheletes” competitions. On one trip, he used several of these Savings Factors to bring the bill from $14.30 down to $2.13!

The first thing he did was to buy items on sale, the second savings factor was to use a store coupon, and the third and fourth savings factors were when he combined a manufacturer’s coupons and we went to a double coupon store. That’s FOUR savings factors for this teenager. If he can do it, YOU CAN TOO!

An average family of four, eating carefully, has an annual food cost of $7954. However, there IS a way to cut these costs dramatically, just as Jonathan did.

Another way to save involves a great site that calls “The Google of Grocery Savings” is They list specials from over 250 retail chains, 750 versions of flyers and approximately 25,000 weekly advertised specials. You can join for free, they offer nutritional information on 100,000 grocery products, and there’s even a “coupon gallery.”

As with any site I mention, please do your own research and remember to set up a “junk mail” account for registrations. You can also select whether you want to receive additional information or not (which will help with junk mail).

There are also quite a few apps you can use as well. The Safeway/Vons/Dominques chain of groceries stores have “u Save” app that will give you great discounts on a list that is tailored to your buying habits and can help you save as much as 30% in a shopping trip.

Get the Yowza app for comparative shopping and download Coupon Sherpa for great deals you can use in a lot of different stores.

If the average family I mentioned earlier only saves 30% on their grocery bill in 2012, that’s over $2200 that they could use to pay down debt, go on a vacation, or pay for their kids college!

Ellie Kay

America’s Family Financial Expert (R)

©2016-2020 Ellie Kay


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