Welcome to the FIRST edition of Tips Tuesday!
This week, we’re sharing our tips for grocery shopping!
Here’s my general process each week:
Monday: Grocery list is published on iheartpublix.com. I usually just kind of glance through it, print out the coupons that look like good deals, but don’t make too much of a list yet.
Tuesday: The Super Deals come out on iheartpublix. This is the point I really make my list! I usually buy anything that’s more than 90% off and/or under a quarter (you never know when you can use/donate some things!). I also look through the regular ad for things I might need or definitely use.
Wedneday: Grocery shopping day! This used to be on Sunday, but they changed the penny item day. I’ll admit, it is a little inconvenient to shop on a work day, but something for (almost) free is definitely worth it!
Sunday: I usually go back and look at the deals that have been posted since the ad started. If I can wait until the next shopping day, I do, but I usually make a small run on the weekend for a few really good deals! I also buy my newspapers there too on Sunday (cheaper than gas stations!)
Here are a few extra tips for grocery shopping:
-Go in with a list. Don’t try to just shop for whatever – you WILL waste money!
-Organize your coupons, from one side of the store to another (I usually go from right to left). That way, you aren’t digging through trying to organize in the store!
-Don’t buy it if you can’t use/donate it. Even if you buy it for 5 cents, that’s a wasted 5 cents if you don’t put it to use!
-Write down the price after coupons on your grocery list. That will give you a pretty good idea of how much you’re going to spend.
-Organize your coupons. The only coupons I actually buy are in the newspaper each week (I get 2 newspapers on Sundays – 1 Tuscaloosa News, 1 Birmingham News). If you write the date on the front of each ad booklet, and put them in order of date, you’ll be able to go back later when you find out when that coupon came out and find it! I also save the Publix flyers, and any random ones I find. I Heart Publix has all of this on their site!
-A lot of people have asked how I make menus with the stockpiling method of grocery shopping (buying when it’s on sale, instead of when you need it). I usually wait until after Wednesday to make my menu for the next week. I go through what I have and see what works. The ingredients tab of allrecipes.com will let you put in your ingredients and show you what recipe will work with them. It’s great!
I think I could write a book about this, so if you have any questions, put them in the comments and I’ll try to answer!
Now I want to see your ideas! Just link to your post about grocery shopping tips below. I can’t wait to see what you have to say!
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