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I've been thinking lately that there are three different types of savers and spenders out there. Here are the types I've seen . . .
1. Folks who save 70-90% on their grocery bill by using coupons at the grocery store.
I would include my buddy Shannon in this group, and while I’ve been that girl before (and kind of miss her many days!), I wouldn’t put myself in that category right now. These are the people that never (ever) buy anything without a coupon or serious sale, spend a few hours each week reading frugal blogs, clipping coupons and organizing their grocery trips, and menu plan well so that they can use what’s in their pantry to maximize their savings.
2. People who are a little more subtle about their savings and save probably 50-70% on their grocery bill.
This is where I'm at right now, and where I've been for the last few years. People like me always (always) shop the sales ad, look over their store coupon matchups before shopping (sometimes using their mobile phone), and primarily print coupons from their computer without stressing over a coupon binder. Savings for them won't be over 90%, but they do save quite a bit without too much effort. (And, if you're one of those folks like me, you probably order many of your household products on sale at Amazon ~ have I mentioned grace lately? This is the grace I'm giving myself right now.) 😉
3. Others who really don't pay attention to how much they save.
These people go to the store because their pantry is empty, grab what they need (without considering the cost), and might feel pretty discouraged when they get home. (I tried just shopping this way at Walmart at the end of last year hoping to make life a little easier, but I was sick when I got home each week and realized how much money I was throwing away each time I shopped ~ I just can't do that!)
So, what kind of saver are you, and how do you want your budget to look in 2014? As I've shared before (over and over!), there is no other area in your family's budget that you have so much control over as you do grocery shopping, so this is a fantastic place to start. I encourage you to decide TODAY how much you want to spend on groceries this month, and can't wait to see how we do this year together! Leave a comment to share your goals too.
And one more thing ~ if you haven't gotten my free stock up price list I highly recommend checking it out so you can determine what your basic prices should look like before picking up groceries each week. That alone should help you get started!