Look Out for Coupons, Sales and In-Store Specials
Check the grocery store ads for every store in your area. Pick out the ones with the best sales for the items on your list. Now create a shopping list for each store and add up how much the items will cost for each store. Next, round your totals to the next $5.00 to play it safe. When you go shopping at these stores, look for manager specials. You may be able to get additional savings for certain meat products on your list to help stretch your food budget farther.
Be sure to sign up for grocery store savings cards, if available. These cards often grant additional savings on existing sale items and items not advertised. Plus they save you way more than manufacturer's coupons alone, which often require you to buy two or three items to save $1.00.
If you like to do your grocery shopping at your local Super WalMart, you may be able to get additional savings if you find grocery items on sale from a local competitor at a lower price. WalMart may match that price, saving you time from going from store to store. It is best to ask a WalMart store manager for the details as there are stipulations on what is eligible for price matching. It may not hurt to contact the grocery stores in your area to see if they have price matching programs as well.
Manufacturer's coupons are an ideal way to stretch your food budget when a grocery store has double or triple coupon sales events. During such sales events you can combine a manufacturer's coupon with a store coupon for the same item for extra savings. Sometimes these double and triple coupon sales events can get you grocery items for under a dollar and at times a grocery item may cost you nothing during such events.
If clipping coupons is too cumbersome of a task to engage in for every shopping outing, hold off until your local store(s) has a double or triple coupon sales event. Another alternative to clipping coupons is to have them mailed or emailed to you. Clubs such as Susan Samtur's Select Coupon Program allow you to choose the coupons you want sent to you.