“If there is one budget line you can bring down and keep down consistently: groceries. If you could reduce your grocery spending $100, $200, even $300/month, what would you do with the money? Pay off debt? Put it in savings? Take a vacation? Come learn the basics of couponing and smart shopping, and you'll be amazed at how much extra money you have in your pocket at the end of the month!” says Tabitha Hanner, our couponing speaker. This Saturday, Feb. 3, we will be hosting our second ēCO Savings Race University on meal planning and couponing. If this is a topic you need more information on, come by for a free class! (Click here to register and for more details.)
Now, before the mind goes to the crazy couponing lady that spends eight hours on a Saturday printing coupons and planning how to buy 2,987 bars of soap, remember that we live in the digital age now; saving on groceries has never been easier and more efficient. In this post, we are going to dive into the world of meal planning and couponing, and why taking the time to plan out groceries is much easier than you can imagine. Here are 4 tips on how to plan for the next grocery trip:
There are so many resources to find recipes that work for yourself and your family. There are even subscriptions that will make it easier. While I prefer to pick and choose my own recipes, my favorite services are the ones that offer planned out recipes- the cost is lower and they do all of the work for you.
Just Google “best coupon apps”; the amount of apps out there are incredible. Some will involve taking a picture of receipt; others will ask for information on different brands. If you want to know the recommended apps, come to our class on Saturday!
3.Make a list.
If you don’t have a list with you, how many times have you picked up the birthday cake Oreos and gingerbread ice cream instead of what you really need? Keeping the eyes narrowed on a list helps from picking up the items strategically placed in the aisles! I like to organize my list by aisles or store location which helps me stick to my list.
4.Choose the store(s).
Are you looking for a grocery store that has low prices already or one where you can make a great value from coupons and/or buying in bulk? At our class, we will discuss the grocery stores that we recommend.
Want to hear more? Great! Come join us on Saturday morning with a class full of great information from two speakers. We will have a door prize, snacks, and free information for all! Make sure to come caffeinated and alert because you don’t want to miss anything that our speakers will be sharing in this class. See you there!