I go through the flyers weekly and find the sales I am interested in, then I gather up my flyers and head to RCSS; I separate everything in my cart with the flyer I am price matching to (bags and bins work well for this, each flyer gets it's own bin/bag).
When I am done, I grab my coupons and add them with my items. I can average saving about $15-$20/week - however I have saved up to half my regular grocery bill before.
This week, I had two shops - each approximately $50 out of pocket (I think I spent about $95.00 total) however, this was for almost $170 worth of groceries.
I am challenging myself to spend no more than $400 for the month of June - this will include diapers and wipes (although I am really hoping Mr. K will be potty trained by the end of this challenge).
I was lucky and found a local group on facebook just after I started price matching; the two ladies that started the group are wonderful, and super helpful. They even do a grocery list weekly with coupon and check out 51 match ups, and upload it for us to use if we want.
How will I do this? A few ways.
1) Meal plan - I will plan out the food for the week and stick to it (I don't need to decide which days we will have what, but just ensure I have all the food for the week so I can decide each morning)
2) Price match - I will only buy items that are on sale for a decent price (if this means not having strawberries because of the price, and getting peaches or pears instead, I will) same goes for veggies
3) I will only buy meat/poultry if it the /kg price is $8.80 or less (and if it goes below $7.00 I will stock up on it)
4) Coupons - I use coupons every week (there are lots out there, you just need to find them. In Canada, we can't stack like in the US - but if you pair it up with a great sale you can still get some decent prices, and often times I can end up getting an item for free)
There is no reason for the challenge other than cutting our bill down to add to our savings (we are still planning on going to Disney next year). If I don't make it - I don't make it; to help stay on track I will be blogging about my weekly grocery shops (with pictures of my great deals and my receipts)