Guest post from Jami of 356 Collide
I was an avid, borderline crazy, couponer… before I gave up coupons.
Well, I gave up most of my coupons! I still use them at times for our family essentials like dairy products and eggs. But for me, couponing became an obsession and a comparison game. I was loosing my sanity and my life was consumed by those tiny pieces of paper. And to top it off, our food choices were rather unhealthy.
I handed over those tiny strips of newspaper and decided to follow a more simple way of living and an easier way of saving money for my family. I decided to turn to price-matching. I read about it here on MoneySavingMom.com and wanted to give it a try.
What I Have Learned About Price-Matching
1. It Saves Time & Energy
I literally spend about 10 minutes circling my local advertisements and writing my grocery list for the week. This is compared to hours on end each day trying to find coupons and matching deals.
Since I price-match, that means I only go to one store a week, compared to the four plus stores I would go to during my couponing spree.
2. It Saves Money
I limit my purchases to whatever I circle with the occasional purchase of other essential products. Doing this helps me be self-controlled and purchase what is on sale. I do occasionally pair price-matching with a few coupons for dairy products which helps save a few dollars, as well.
Overall, our grocery budget has actually been lowered by price-matching since there isn’t any pressure to buy every deal that is out there. Also, since I only go to one store once a week, I save money on gas. And who doesn’t like the sound of that?
3. Produce is Really Inexpensive
I mean really inexpensive. Most of what I price-match are fruit and veggies.
Almost all of the ads I receive advertise produce for as low as $0.30/lb! Also, instead of paying $1 on a single bell pepper, I usually only pay $0.25 for one. This helps in being able to stock up for the freezer.
4. Our Food Choices are Healthier
Many of the coupons out there are for processed foods. When I price-match, I purchase fresh foods, dairy products, and eggs that are on sale in my local advertisements.
Instead of a cart full of boxed items and processed food, my cart is now full of fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy-for-you foods.
Have you tried price-matching before?
Jami is a wife and a stay-at-home mom to two girls. She enjoys spending time with her family, encouraging others, cooking, and creating pretty things. You can read more about her and the life that she leads at 356 Collide.