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How many of you can’t stand coupons? You do not like to take the time to scout out deals on the Internet or in your local paper. You certainly don’t enjoy cutting out each one of them and filing them in your coupon-holder. And, when you give a handful of coupons to the cashier, all you can see are the disgusted customers behind you, because you just made their long trip to the market even longer! Well, sometimes you can save money without coupons!

Personally, I don’t really mind coupons. I am very maticulous and love to scout out deals, cut each of them out exactly on the dotted line, and proudly hand them to the cashier to see my savings rack up! When I see the eye rolls behind me, I don’t really care. These people clearly don’t understand the benefits of my coupons – it’s their loss really.

When my wife and I go shopping and I haven’t had the time to scout out those awesome deals, we shop a little differently. Instead of writing our list out with detailed items like, “chicken” or “fish”, we write down “meat (on sale)”. If there is no meat on sale that day, we might even do without it for a week, but sometimes we strike a deal like the one below!

Save money without coupons

This burger meat was originally $3.99, but take a notice at the stickers on the front. One of them reads, “Special today, $2.00 off meat” and the other says, “Get $1.00 off”. I could use these both at the time of purchase, so this meat was actually $0.99!! I really should have grabbed 10 of them at this deal, but I think I only walked out of there with three.

Use this ‘general’ grocery list method for other items as well. Perhaps you need a snack food for the week. This could be chips, trail mix, popcorn… anything really. Take a look at all of the possibilities and make sure you get a deal. You’ll be glad you did once you check that receipt.

Aren’t you glad that sometimes you don’t need to carry that wad of coupons with you? Sometimes the store will really need to get rid of something, and you’ll be there to snatch it up and grab that great deal!

Were you ever able to get a great deal that was completely unplanned? What was it? How much did you save?

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AUTHOR Derek

My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.

16 Comments

  1. My grocery list is always guided by the sale items for the week–except for the necessities. I have also learned when the local Food Lion marks down their meat and when Kroger marks down in the deli department. I recently got 3 lb hamburger, 3 lb bacon, pk of ham lunchmeat, pk of chicken breast and a pork loin roast for less than $22. I enjoy grocery shopping when I find these deals!

  2. I wish I was better with coupons, but I am not. I just don’t have the time or patience (though I am trying to change!) I recently did a 3 part post on saving at the grocery store without using coupons, and discounted meat like you bought is one of my strategies.

    • I can totally relate with you Melissa. While I do enjoy cutting and using those coupons, I am definitely not the greatest at combining coupons with a buy one get one stuff… But I am working on it too! Someday, I’ll be the coupon master. For now though, I’m scouting out the marked down deals at the store. 🙂

  3. I just stacked up on a variety of canned tomatoes, I like to buy canned stuff in bulk on sales so I have a bit of a ‘back-up’. I got aylmer tomatoes that were on sale for 99cents a can with a $1 off coupon on 2 cans. Essentially I paid 48c a can, I stocked up and got about 30 cans of the good stuff. Same goes for soup, I’ll usually buy a tray of Campbell’s when I find a sale.

    I don’t actually cut coupons, I just keep my eyes peeled when I go shopping. Many stores will have coupon pads below product or on a board somewhere in the store. Graba bunch then wait for a sale and combine with coupons = 50-70% savings. I’m not sure if people around here are just more easy-going but I’ve never had an annoyed person behind me lol…. I ALWAYS end up using coupons and save at least $5.00 every time I go. With no extra effort required…! I love it (Yeah sorry, rant, I LOVE coupons)

    ps: Meticulous

    • You sound a lot like me! Nice job with buying the canned food in bulk while it’s on sale. That will definitely save you some cash for the year! 🙂

  4. Not very good with coupons (unless it is online!), but i do carry my grocery discount card with me!

    • The grocery discount card is another good way to go! One day, I’ll learn to use the discount card, the coupons, and the buy one get one deals! I’ll be “Coupon Dad”.

  5. The Mrs. deal with coupons and we do save a buck or two every shopping trip. We shop with general category like you also. We’ll just get whatever is on sale whether it’s chicken or beef or fish. Last time I got 2 whole chickens for $9 and carved them up at home. This is much cheaper than buying breast meat and I have the bones to make soup. 🙂

  6. I wish I could use this method when grocery shopping. Being a college kid without a car, I only shop at the local store which hands out coupons/discounts minimally. I must choose to shop by staying away from mainstream brands and by buying store brands(tastes just as good).

    • Hi Jeff! It is pretty tough when you don’t have a car. If you are limited to one store, the best way to get good deals would be through couponing. Hopefully, you’re a magician with the coupons! 🙂

  7. But I love to combine my coupons with sales, it can really impact not only your food bill, but also the cost of toiletries.

    I do agree though that you can get things pretty cheap if you just buy things on sale. Sometimes I leave the house without my coupon envelope on accident and I still save a ton at the register. I will admit though, I am afraid of marked-down meat (when it is marked down because of how close it is to the expiration date).

    When staples are on sale, I stock up and buy enough to hold me over until the next sale rolls around.

    • If you are good at combining coupons, by all means, continue doing it! I’m just terrible at it is all. And, as far as the meat goes, it definitely is close to experation, but we put it straight into the freezer until we eat it! 🙂

  8. Caution: Meats packed with air in the package have bacteria in them. When they are marked down, they are old, which means bacteria is already growing. Be careful~!

  9. I look at the ads at my favorite store and make a list around such things as BoGos (buy one , get one), featured meat on sale, fruits and veggies in season or canned on sale, etc


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