Ok so now do I have your attention? So... forget that 10.00 bucks all together because, most of the time, you will save a lot more. You will save more because you will start shopping differently....and less frequently. You will really not have the NEED to "run to the store" a few times a week. You might still do so, because you love to shop...but that is none of my concern.
I have yet to reach the "85 to 90%" savings that some boast about...but I do not buy a cart full of cereal and sugary drinks. I buy things we need and use. I do buy cereal, but it is of the high fiber variety so it costs a bit more...but I still use a coupon on it and I find it on sale. I buy a lot of fresh fruit and veggies...and a TON of meat. We do not scrimp on what we buy but we do save where we can. I do not save as much in percentages as someone who is buying lots and lots of items...but I save. That is what matters....that is what makes it worth my while.
I will highlight the great deals I find and point you to one of the great couponing sites where THOSE ladies can do the work...that is what THEIR blogs are about and they have the experience. I hope what this series will do is show you that it is possible to save when couponing for a small family.
So...I hope this series will help you understand that you can still save money while shopping for a smaller family. You do not HAVE to be working on creating a HUGE stockpile of food for this to be worth your time.
Here are a few sites that I use to find deals and coupons:
Krazy Coupon Lady
The best place to find coupons is still the Sunday paper. I do not buy multiple copies. If I see there is a coupon I need more of I find a clipping service. Also, we get a free city paper on Sundays that has a Smart Source coupon insert, so I always have at least two of those.
An example of needing more than one of a certain coupon was when Kroger had their Ivory soap on sale. David uses this brand and their 3 packs were on sale as part of their 10/10.00 mega sale. So the soap was 1.00 per 3 pack. The August Proctor and Gamble insert had a .50 cents off coupon for any Ivory soap, Kroger doubles .50 cent coupons so this made the soap free. FREE. I bought 15 - 3 packs....all FREE. This is something that does not take up a lot of space, will not go bad before we use it, and well...was FREE. Now David has enough soap to last until Spring. Then I will find another deal and restock. I paid a clipping service for their time in clipping the coupons and shipping (because you can not sell a coupon, you can charge for the service and shipping).
Ok..I will stop there, for now. Please be on the look out for more soon....