Couponing Made Easy: Follow Blogs for Grocery Deals

Couponing Made Easy with Blogs

Grocery shopping has always been a struggle for me.  When I was single, I dreaded the task.  I’d wait till my pantry was bare and worst yet, I was starving!  Needless to say, I didn’t have much of a grocery budget and if it happened to be on sale, well then hell yeah, I’ll buy two!

Fast forward to 2009 when I began my money saving journey and out of need to penny pinch I was forced to begin using coupons and comparing sales ads for my grocery list.  Couponing became a staple for me, almost an addiction.   But no, I never became one of those crazy coupon hoarders, almost though!

My reality check to couponing

My coupon wake up call hit me one Christmas after receiving a large filing accordion, for none other than my coupons.  This thing was huge, I could have fit my whole life story in there.  Embarrassed, I changed gears, focusing on following blogs that would bring the deals to me.

Many personal finance bloggers will advise you to “stay away” from coupons, or “don’t waste your time” since your time is money and couponing provides a low return on value.

What if you don’t have to spend the time and effort?

Ta daaa!  That’s where following coupon saving bloggers comes in handy. They take all of the leg work out of searching through coupons.  Great coupon bloggers will provide you with links to printable coupons or they’ll mention which coupon marketing ad to cut out.  Here’s my quick coupon saving strategy:

  • Find coupon bloggers for the stores you frequently shop
    • Google search “[your favorite grocery store + coupons]
  • Sign up to receive e-mails from those bloggers
  • Skim through those e-mails for deals
  • Print or clip those coupons based upon the deals you select

I have skimmed off hours by following coupon saving bloggers.  So many that I can’t imagine going back to my old ways.

Kroger shoppers read here!

Living in the Midwest, I have found Kroger to be the best deal for all around shopping.  Not to mention that it’s conveniently located from my house.  If you happen to shop at Kroger, check out these bloggers:

Know of a great coupon blogger?  Spread the knowledge and save on!

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A New Year – A New Money Resolution

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New Year’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on your money practices and goals for the future.  You don’t have to set a goal or resolution around money to achieve your bucket list, but you do have to evaluate the way you think about money.

Dream of joining the FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) movement? Start evaluating your finances in 2017.

By changing your perception or focus around money you may achieve goals naturally without necessarily becoming a financial spreadsheet guru.

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About Me

Hi there!  I’m Christine, a hard working mom, wife and thrifty millennial seeking financial freedom from the status quo of waking up for the repetitive 9 to 5.

Why you might ask?

Life is far too short!  Although it took me quite some time, I realized after having my 1st child that my current path of working 9 to 5 (usually longer), then coming home yet only to work more during the wee hours of the night was not sustainable. Continue reading “Here we go!”