I have never been a fan of grocery coupons. And yet with a new budget and a new location, I wonder if I'm missing out on some big secret or club. We all know I love to save a buck. But my grocery bill is pretty stable from month to month, and I'm racking my brain to figure out a way to bring it down. I already plan meals, avoid impulse trips to the store, eat leftovers, bake my own bread, and divide & freeze larger portions of meat, breads, tortillas, soups & stews.
I have yet to see Extreme Couponing, but I've read some of the stories (and criticism). Would I love to save 90% off my grocery bill? Heck yeah. Do I want to store 10 year's worth of baking powder in order to do so? Not so sure.
My big problem is that most of the coupons I run into are for items that I wouldn't normally buy. While I am all for trying new things, with a picky husband, and 2 fairly picky kids to worry about, I am not super excited at the prospect of saving 15 cents on 4 cans of Cream of Chicken Soup with New, Improved Smoky Flavor! I also don't have the extra space to store 98 rolls of toilet paper or 112 packs of spaghetti. And really, can anyone even eat that much food before it spoils?
Do you have any tips & tricks for saving on groceries? Using coupons? Stretching your dollars?
PS - I once tried to access an online coupon for some item I wanted & would use. I ended up getting more junk messages than I ever received in the history of my email account. Totally not worth saving $2.50 on soap.