My system for organizing and planning a grocery shopping trip with coupons is explained below. This is simply how I, a homeschool coupon mom, organize my own trips. I’ve also included some free printables to help you.
On this blog, I try to share ways in which I can live off of a very small income (and afford to stay at home with my children and homeschool them), and a HUGE part of that is by shopping with coupons. We are not the type of family that has to eat any special diet (although we do avoid peanuts) so I get a TON of groceries for free or super cheap with coupons. I can easily feed my family of five on a budget of $80 or less per week (and that includes things like diapers, toiletries, paper products, etc!). If that sounds like something you’re interested in, then I wrote this post to help you get organized too!
Here is a quick and basic rundown of how I organize my weekly shopping trips, and I just thought I’d share my tips and tricks with you!
If you have no clue where to begin, I’ve written a brief series explaining my methods. It’s a great introduction to couponing tricks and techniques, and should give you a good overview of what’s involved. In my series, I talk about knowing how much you *should* pay for your groceries, how to read your newspaper weekly ads, how to cut and organize your coupons, and MORE.
Browse your favorite couponing resource sites for coupon matchups. ***I hope to have a complete store listing HERE for you this summer, by the way, but for now, check out CouponMom.com – my current fave that lists EVERY store imaginable. My site will be set up similarly by this summer, so please watch for it! I’m so excited to roll out that new feature soon!***
Find the products that are at a price you like. I am pretty extreme, and usually buy things when they can be purchased at 75% -100% off by combining sale prices with coupons. As you browse, create a master list that you can follow while at the store so you don’t forget anything. Here is a printable I made that will help you out:
As you print and clip the coupons necessary, place them in an envelope or baggie, or somewhere you can easily pull them out to use them at the store.
Add to your grocery shopping list the items you need in addition to your coupons. Here’s a grocery shopping printable to help you save time by listing your items by store aisle:
Stick to your list! Be careful to avoid impulse buys while you’re there, or you’ll sadly find that you’ve sabotaged your efforts.
Also, be sure to take your coupon folder or binder with you to the store just in case you run across a good deal. It’s always fun to check the clearance section, for instance, to see what surprises you can score there.
Join us for the “How to Organize your Life in 30 Days” Challenge!
Do you feel like you are drowning in to do lists, laundry, and dishes? Does lack of organization cause you to lose your patience or avoid having people over? Are you often late because you can’t find what you are looking for? As mom’s, we all have a lot on our minds and life is busy. In some seasons our mind becomes so full that we become less productive. I am teaming up with some amazing bloggers to bring you 30 days to an organized life! All you need to do to join the challenge is check out the landing page HERE and start working through the challenges. You can join in at any point, there are no rules! Share your before or after pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #30dayorganize for a chance to win a $10 gift card to Hobby Lobby (3 winners)! The more you engage on social media, share the graphic, etc. the more entries you’ll have! The winners will be announced on Instagram so stay tuned!
Your #30DayOrganize Challenge Day 6: Plan Your Couponing Trip!
I challenge you to plan your couponing trip for tomorrow! If you’re a newbie, read my “How To Grocery Shop with Coupons” series, and start small, do what you can! If you’re a veteran, have you been to your favorite store this week? Get your lists and coupons together and go! Then, tag me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and let me see! I’d love to see your pictures of your free and cheap groceries!