I have come to realize that extreme couponing is not realistic.
We’ve all seen the TV Shows showing the people clipping coupons and saving
hundreds of dollars. It has inspired most of us to start couponing. If you have
given it a try I’m sure it was nothing like what you’ve seen on the TV show. I
am forever and always in the grocery store and I thought I would share some of
the ways I save when going to the grocery store.
Before I go to the grocery store I usually gather all of my
local sales papers to see who has what on sale and to make sure I am getting the best deal on all of my items on my list. Oh, yes you need to make sure you make a list. Have you ever gone to the store hungry and without a list? Or maybe you are like me and you just like to eat. Whatever the case may be just don’t go to the store without a list and make sure you stick to what you have on your list.
I also go to www.Ralphs.com to download
my digital coupons to my Ralph’s club card. If you shop at Vons or any other
grocery store they should have the same coupon program on their website. If you
want to load coupons to all of your grocery store cards they will all have
similar coupons. I shop at Ralph’s so I download my coupons from their site. If
you know that you won’t remember which coupons you downloaded to your card the
site will allow you to print the list of coupons that you’ve downloaded to your
I also go to www.savingstar.com too. They don’t have as many
coupons on their site as Ralph’s. However, it is still a coupon website set up
to give you discounts on the items you buy at the grocery store. When you click
on the coupons they will also go straight to the store (club card) of your
I also shop at Food4Less which is another Kroger store like
Ralph’s. When I scan my card at Food4Less if I am purchasing items from my
coupon list those items will also be discounted. Some of the employees don’t
know that you can use your Ralph’s club card at Food4Less so they may tell you
that you cannot swipe your card there. That is why I always enter my phone
number when I get to the register.
Ralph’s sends their customers loyalty or customer appreciation
coupons. These are coupons that Ralph’s will send to you to thank you for
shopping at their store and to keep you shopping at their store. Most of the
coupons will be for items that you frequently purchase. Some of the coupons can
also be used at Food4Less. Some of the coupons will be for free items, a dollar
amount off your total bill, a certain amount of free groceries, etc…
You can now earn fuel points if you use your club card. Earn
over 100 fuel points at Ralph’s and use your club card at Shell Gas Stations for
a discount 10 cent discount or a 20 cent discount for anything over 200 club
card points. Remember to use your Ralph’s club number at the register when
paying for your items at Food4Less to receive your fuel points. Just about
everyone I tell to do this did not know that you could use your Ralph’s club
number at Food4Less. It works on the fuel points too. Also, check your Ralph’s
receipt and take a look at the survey information at the bottom of the receipt.
Did you know that you could receive 50 fuel points for completing a survey? Make
sure you read the rules. Gas prices are very high and the cost of food is
constantly going up so we are going to need all of the discounts we can find.
One more thing that usually helps me is to plan out my meals so I know what to
include on my grocery list and make sure you check the local ads first to find
out what’s on sale.
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