Extreme couponing canada tip: How To Cut Your Grocery Bills In Half

extreme couponing canadaDo you have a one stop shop grocery store? Do you do all your shopping here once a week, maybe once every 2 weeks? Does it hurt you to pay for that $200 bill? I think it may possibly hurt me more than you to watch you do that. I can understand the convenience, especially for those that do not like grocery shopping or work outstanding hours during the week and do weekend grocery shopping but this is the absolute worst way to shop! Here are some tips that can help you cut your bill by at least 50%!

SHOP THE SALES- extreme couponing canada tip #1

You know those flyers that come in your mailbox every Wednesday and Friday, or are in the bundle of papers at the front of your apartment building? That is where you want to start. Most sale priced items reflect about 50% of their regular price or more, meaning that $2 bottle of shampoo on the front page of the Walmart flyer would be $4+ any other week. You should NOT be paying regular price for ANYTHING. It will go on sale at some point

BUY IN SEASON- extreme couponing canada tip #2

Fruits and vegetable prices vary by season. When they’re in season they’re extremely inexpensive, but out of season they will cost you an arm and a leg. And most fruits and veggies can be frozen and kept for up to 6 months so this is not an area where you want to be splurging a lot of the time.

STOCK UP- extreme couponing canada tip #3

Is your favorite shampoo on sale? Spot a great deal on toothpaste? See some clearance items that are a fraction of the regular cost? If there is an amazing deal on a product you regularly use, why not stock up? Sales cycles rotate anywhere from 2 months – 6 months so it’ll be a while before this deal comes around again, and let’s face it, you don’t have the time to run out to the store every time you run out of toothpaste. Pay attention to the expiry though, you don’t want to overbuy. Stocking up does not mean you need to buy to the extent of the stockpiles seen on TLC’s Extreme Couponing, that’s a little too much for me.  I personally have a family of 4 and have about 20 tubes of toothpaste currently in my storeroom.  And yes, they were all FREE with coupons.

DO NOT SHOP HUNGRY- Extreme couponing canada tip #4

Did you know that the average person spends about 30% more than they normally would if they shop while hungry? People tend to impulse buy and purchase items that they don’t need to satisfy their visual craving at the time. Try going after a meal, or if you’re between meals, make sure to pack a snack!

LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME- Extreme couponing canada tip #5

You’ll be free to run around the store as you wish and check out all the sale match-ups with your coupons. And are you really going to say no to your googly-eyed 4 year old when they run up to you with their full priced, favorite box of crackers and say “please please please”? You might, but chances are you won’t and you can kiss your budget good-bye. Shop alone instead, and when that brand of crackers goes on sale, grab a few boxes and stock up.

USE COUPONS- Extreme couponing canada tip #6

I know there is a certain social stigma that goes along with using coupons, and yes I have received the stares and listened to the exasperated sighs from the people behind me in line as I pull out my stack of coupons. But, when it comes down to it, I leave the store with $200 worth of items and $20 out of pocket and the person behind me stands with their mouth hanging on the floor, envious and dumbfounded as they realize their purchase of 5 grocery items costs more than my 50 items. Haha, well that’s not what always happens, but it feels great to hand over pieces of paper that you get for free instead of my own hard earned money. And with the current economy, can we really afford to hand over more cash than we should?

 

Have a read over our other extreme couponing canada tips to ensure you’re well prepared to maximize your savings during every shopping trip!


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