Grocery Gateway-Opening the Door to Savings Through Stockpiling and Coupons

by Elizabeth Scholes

Coupons, stockpiling, looking at sale ads . . .  what images and feelings are conjured up when you hear those words?

For some, it brings the thrill of a good deal and the exciting challenge to save money.  For others, it brings dread because of an already too-busy schedule.  And for others, it possibly brings a total blank slate of wondering what that even means and how on earth to do it.

Two-and-a-half years ago, I was a mom of a toddler with another baby due any day.  I have always enjoyed cooking so our little family of three was generally accustomed to eating home cooked meals most of the time.  I gave no heed to sales, prices or stockpiling.  My sister-in-law mentioned the idea of coupons to me and told me how much she was  saving.  I attended a coupon class a month after our second son was born and have been hooked ever since.  Our family’s household/grocery budget* BC (Before Coupons) was roughly $400/month for a family of three.  At this time, we are a family of four spending $280/month.

This is a loaded subject that is, I’ll admit, somewhat confusing and challenging.  I can assure you it is well worth your time to take a look at your family’s needs and lifestyle in light of what I will share with you.  I will attempt to educate you as well as challenge you to either start “the coupon thing” or take what you’re already doing one step further.

Let’s take a little quiz together . . .  remember, be honest!  No one is tallying grades except you.


   My family eats at home at least 4-5 nights a week.
   I tend to have a good idea of what meals my family will eat each week.
   I know how much the individual items cost that my family consumes/uses on a regular basis.
   I know the difference between a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon.
   I know how much my family is spending each month on grocery/household  items.
    I have an adequate supply of food in my pantry/freezer to make a
spur-of-the-moment meal if necessary.


Tally up your score. If you answered “no” to at least half of these questions, or even any of them, tune into my posts each week and learn something new!

Here’s my savings challenge of the week for you:  Think about your answers to the  questions above and decide on one or two things to work on.  Here are some ideas:

  • Eat at home one more time than usual.
  • Start a price list during your weekly grocery trip to track how much items regularly cost.
  • Keep receipts so you know how much money you’re spending on grocery/household items.

Remember, it’s the little steps that add up to the most savings!

(*household/grocery refers to all food, cleaning, paper goods, and toiletry items)

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Elizabeth’s articles will be appearing weekly on Fridays until we’ve all learned how to save all the money we can at the grocery store. 

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