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Eating Healthy on a Budget–See One Couponer’s Menu for Pennies a Day

TFF reader, Wendy, wanted to put together a true menu to show readers how eating healthy on a budget can be literally accomplished for pennies a day. She’s retired…so, yes, she is on a small budget. Continue reading “Eating Healthy on a Budget–See One Couponer’s Menu for Pennies a Day”

5 Important & Quick Tips About Clipping Coupons

1. Cut, Don’t Rip Out Coupons

Store associates prefer clean cut coupons with clear expiration dates.
Store associates prefer clean cut coupons with clear expiration dates.

I know I’ve done this a million times — I’ve ripped out coupons and tore off the expiration date which rendered the coupon totally useless.  Continue reading “5 Important & Quick Tips About Clipping Coupons”

Read the Store’s Sales Circular to Shop Coupon-Free

It’s always fun to go grocery shopping to:

a) see what great deals are out there

…and…

b) to talk to people who are surprised about all the great deals out there.  Continue reading “Read the Store’s Sales Circular to Shop Coupon-Free”

What Normal People Are Totally Confused About When It Comes to Couponing

I attended a couponing workshop last night in Trumbull, CT, given by Gina Juliano (of Gina’s Kokopelli website). It was a joy to sit in the audience for once so I could relax, concentrate and take notes on what others were asking Gina. It is amazing how much there is to learn about couponing! Here’s what the audience had to say, and here are some answers to the top 10 questions that I also typically get when I give a workshop. Continue reading “What Normal People Are Totally Confused About When It Comes to Couponing”

Gas Cards @ Stop & Shop: Get $50 of Gas for $40!

Whenever you see this deal at Stop & Shop, pounce on it: Buy $50 in gift cards at Stop & Shop and get a $10.00 Catalina good on your next purchase. It’s just like cash. But–here’s the twist: buy gas cards for $50! (Hitch: you don’t get Stop & Shop gas points for buying gas gift cards.) Look at it as if you are getting $50 of gas for $40. At least that’s how I like to look at it!

Thank you to Living Rich With Coupons for this great idea.

(Quick note: I realize there are two posts in a row involving Shell Gas. No intention behind it at all! LOL!)

~Marilyn, TFF

Couponers Find Stop & Shop and ShopRite Less Expensive Than PriceRite

The gap between food prices at PriceRite and ShopRite/Stop & Shop is quickly narrowing.

The other day during my coupon group exchange, I sat in and listened to one person say that she wanted to go to PriceRite instead of a store that accepts coupons. (PriceRite is the sister store to ShopRite—and PriceRite is a no-frills store that doesn’t accept coupons. Read more about how to shop at PriceRite here.) I agree, sometimes couponing is a hassle and it’s nice to just walk into a store that does not accept coupons and not feel the coupon-stress.

ShopRite (United States)
ShopRite's sales often beat the price of its budget store, PriceRite. (United States) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve written numerous posts about PriceRite and how much I love the store. There are certain items I will buy there (Italian breads, non-organic fruits, seltzer, some ice creams). But its prices are slowly going up, too. It’s not as inexpensive to shop there as it once was, and, if you are couponing, you will soon sadly realize PriceRite may not be the bargain basement of grocery stores anymore.

Here are a couple of quick comparisons this week (3-25th):

PriceRite:

-Pepperidge Farm Goldfish: $1.99

-Selter .39 cents each lowest

-Sugar free chocolate popsicles .99 cents a pkg

Versus

Stop & Shop: Pepperidge Farm Goldfish on sale BOGO (no -coupon) $2.39 for 2 ($1.20 each)

-ShopRite: seltzer 3 for $1 (no coupon)

-ShopRite: Same sugar free chocolate popsicles .99 cents a pkg (no coupon)

The other week I noted many, many more deals at both Stop and Shop and ShopRite that cost less money than the fixed prices at PriceRite. As long as you study the circulars and use coupons on top of sales, you will usually come out spending less money at the mainstream stores than you will at PriceRite.

Marilyn, TFF