In our house, one of our Sunday morning rituals is sitting down with the Sunday newspaper (print version) and planning our shopping circle. (More on the shopping circle in a later post – don’t forget to subscribe).
Personally, I find very little value in the actual paper itself. I get the news on TV, my phone and on the web much faster. I do feel good about how full it makes my recycle bin look – after I keep some for packaging and cleanup.
Our local Sunday newspaper, the Detroit Free Press, is just like every other newspaper in America – stuffed full of flyers, ads and coupons. The picture above is the actual newspaper we used last Sunday. We look at all the best values in our area using the fliers, matched with our shopping list that we built with <a title=”Save Money Grocery Shopping And Stop Over Spending With E-Mealz” href=”http://hotmoneytips.com/save-with-emealz”>e-mealz* and select our stores.
The Shopping System
Once we have our grocery list and stores picked we get to the fun part – coupon clipping. Along with the electronic coupons, (again, subscribe for that future post) we find coupons for as many items as we can that are already on our shopping list.
I know many people will make their list from the coupons they find but that doesn’t work for us. I’m not an expert but we don’t want the marketing of coupons to dictate our grocery list.
The Coupon Savings
We will save a little by deciding which stores to shop and even more from the coupons. We try to use both manufacture and store coupons. In last Sunday’s Detroit Free Press there was a total of $339 of coupon savings. Of course we use only a fraction of that but we save enough to make the $1.50 expense a no-brainer.
Do You Clip The Coupons?
Are you a coupon clipping nut too? Are you taking advantage of the Sunday coupons? What’s your system? Comment below.