A while ago I posted about how I had joined The Grocery Game and never made it past week one to give you some results. Well about 2 weeks after that post, I quit the game and started using Couponmom. I’ve been doing that weekly for the past month and honestly I feel like such a loser.
Here’s my two cents on each site: TGG is free for the first few weeks, but what irritated me is that she didn’t post her lists until like Tuesday. I usualy plan my menu for the week on the weekend and then use the Sunday ad to finalize it and shop on Monday-Tuesday. I would check and check and finally I gave up. It just didn’t mesh with my shopping schedule. With couponmom, she posts her list on Sunday. She does the same idea where you can see the percentage you save and what coupon to use. Honestly, with both I never really bought those stock-up things (like toiletries or canned goods etc) unless it was 50% savings or better. I pretty much carried that through for most things. There were things on the lists that we never buy (TGG drove me mad because it is filled with boxed stuff and I just don’t buy that stuff) and some things that I don’t often buy but started too just because it was such a great deal.
Before I started all these online coupon things, I was averaging weekly about $80 a month. Granted I was shopping at 2-3 different stores to get the best deal. I stopped that and started just shopping at Kroger and using both those sites I have been averaging about $110 a week….but I’ve gone enough deodorant, toothpaste and razors to last us for the rest of the year! There is something about going over that $100 mark every week that has been sending shivers up my back!
So, I’m back to where I was. If I learned anything it is to check the coupons, the circulars and I’ll still pop onto couponmom once a week but I don’t think I’m going to shop everything that is the best deal. I’m honestly going back to my weekly menu, the standard things we eat every month and a few extras thrown in throughout the month and buying toiletries when we need then and not stocking up. Maybe I just didn’t play the game right or maybe it just doesn’t mesh with what we eat. Nevertheless, I did learn a bunch about couponing and even more about meal planning.
I redid my menu planning sheet again and thought I would offer it out there. If you wonder about a recipe, just ask and I’ll be happy to post it along too.