I know today is "Friend Feature Friday" but I'm going to switch it up a bit and talk about an interesting subject, since I found this awesome video I wanted to share (see bottom of post)....
Coupon clipping vs. Deal shopping
Duhn, duhn, duuuuuuhn!
Many of you might know by now that I am not a fan of coupon-ing. I haven't caught "the bug" that many people have. The reasons I choose not to coupon-clip when buying groceries are:
- It takes too much time for my taste.
- I don't really like grocery shopping anyway, and REALLY don't want to have to go to multiple stores, multiple times a week (plus, we only have one car right now so my time with a car is very valuable to me any more!).
- I don't buy name-brand items because I can typically find no-name items cheaper.
- Most of the items you get with coupons are pantry or freezer items and are full of preservatives and unhealthy additives.
- You can save a ton on non-food items, but you have to store them, and end up with a lot of stuff that you would never need or would never buy if you didn't have a coupon in the first place.
I choose to PRICE-MATCH and DEAL SHOP instead. See how I do it HERE. By deal shopping I mean:
- buying bulk,
- stocking up when on sale,
- buying items for price (thus disregarding brand most of the time)
- price-matching at one store so I get the best deals in one stop,
- and buying only what I need.
I've talked a lot about price-matching and deal shopping before (remember THESE posts?). The reason I like deal shopping is:
- It's easier for me to plan my meals around the foods I buy when I deal shop.
- I tend to save the most on produce, protein, and fresh and healthy items.
- I only have to shop once or twice a month and spend only about 5-10 minutes in prep time.
- Some storing of extra items is required, but nothing like the storage space you need when coupon-ing.
- My family is small so I don't need all the extra stuff. Maybe my mind would change if I had a family of 6.
I just went to Wal Mart yesterday to get a few items. Through price matching (I used dealstomeals.com) I spent about 3-4 minutes on the computer before I left, and saved a bundle by getting:
- CHICKEN (fresh, not frozen in bags): Regularly $1.99/lb, price matched for $1.59/lb (this is an amazing deal, stock up!!)
- Savings: $4.80
- FRENCH BREAD: Regularly $1.50/loaf, price-matched for $0.88/loaf
- Savings: $1.24
- CILANTRO: Regularly $0.50ea (or more), price-matched for 6 for $1
- Savings: $2.04
- WATERMELLON: Regularly $4.95ea, price-matched for 9lb for $0.99
- Savings: $4.13
I only needed a few things, only went to one store, spent less than 5 minutes preparing, and saved a quick $12.21 on only 4 items!
Everyone has their own opinions, but I have found deal shopping to be a great fit for my lifestyle, my interest level in shopping, and for my family.
How do YOU prefer to shop?? I'd love to hear it! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment, you might just get featured on Friend Feature Friday!
Click HERE (or watch below) to see an interesting video that might just change your mind on the way you shop. Which shopper do you think got the better deal??