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post #1 of 29
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Thanks, Marie, for the inspiration for this one!

What kind of grocery shopper are you?

Do you scour the circulars, make a long list complete with corresponding coupons?

or are you more like me, run in for a few things, forget half the things you went in for, end up with a lot of stuff you didn't go in for, spend way to much money, and forget your coupons?
post #2 of 29
I look at the ads, but I never remember to clip coupons
Otherwise I take a little calculator with me & add up everything that I'm getting so I don't go over my budget on what I want to spend. That way I know I'm not ending up with crap that we really don't need, and just looks good at the moment
post #3 of 29
I read the sales ads when they come in the mail, make a list of what we need.... and then entirely forget my list and everything on it and wander around trying to remember what we needed!
post #4 of 29
Well since I garden and freeze/can alot of veggies and some fruit I save a bit.

Plus one of my clients is an artisianal bakery and they pay me via gift card so that takes care of bread.

I don't really watch the flyers in the newspaper though. I shop at a couple of stores-one for the staples and the other for their meat counter as they reduce the price on their meat items and I stock up.

I have a chest freezer and mom gave me one of those food saver things which works real well.

I have a pantry area in the basement that I store items that were on sale.

I don't really buy any prepackaged foods as I make just about everything "from stratch"!!
post #5 of 29
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
Thanks, Marie, for the inspiration for this one!

What kind of grocery shopper are you?

Do you scour the circulars, make a long list complete with corresponding coupons?

or are you more like me, run in for a few things, forget half the things you went in for, end up with a lot of stuff you didn't go in for, spend way to much money, and forget your coupons?
Real men do not use coupons!
And we definately never use maps.
post #6 of 29
On the few occasions that I do the grocery shopping (hubby is a retired, stay at home hubby) I make a list of all the things I need and go around ticking things off as I get them. I can't remember ever having used a coupon at the store.
post #7 of 29
I don't use coupons, but i always make a list.

I love grocery shopping
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post

I love grocery shopping
I do too Susan!
post #9 of 29
I used to work for a federal program when I graduated college and we had to monitor participating grocery stores for compliance-that was fun!!!

I could spend hours in grocery stores in fact the second time I went to England several of us spent time at an Asda store checking out the differences between grocery stores in the US and England!
post #10 of 29
I go early in the morning and take a list. Chocolate is always first, followed by cat food. We use coupons for things we use, but most of our purchases are the store brand which is almost always cheaper.
post #11 of 29
I like to keep it as short as possible I go, I shop, I get out!
post #12 of 29
I don't think I am a typical grocery shopper.
I love to cook and spend the morning planning the dinner menu. Then I go to our neighborhood market (great place, with the best in fresh) to get the ingredients. If whatever veggie in my recipe is not in season, I just go with the flow and pick out something fresh.
I rarely buy anything in cans except things like crushed tomatoes and black beans.
I bring my own grocery sacks and I never remember to use the darn coupons so I gave up on them.
I love farmer's markets.
I know. I am totally weird going to the market every day and bringing my own sacks.
I buy my catfood at Petsmart.
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by flisssweetpea View Post
1.-I make a list of all the things I need and go around ticking things off as I get them. 2.- I can't remember ever having used a coupon at the store.

1.- Yes I to make a list for to buy...

2.- Is very Unusual here in mexico to use coupons......the owners are stinkys!...
post #14 of 29
DH makes a list, checks the circular and may clip coupons. He shops at one store only for food but target for other odds/ends.

Mom makes her list isle by isle, clips coupons, checks 3 circulars and hits at least 3 stores depending on the bargains.
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
Thanks, Marie, for the inspiration for this one!

What kind of grocery shopper are you?

Do you scour the circulars, make a long list complete with corresponding coupons?

or are you more like me, run in for a few things, forget half the things you went in for, end up with a lot of stuff you didn't go in for, spend way to much money, and forget your coupons?
post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
Thanks, Marie, for the inspiration for this one!

What kind of grocery shopper are you?

Do you scour the circulars, make a long list complete with corresponding coupons?

or are you more like me, run in for a few things, forget half the things you went in for, end up with a lot of stuff you didn't go in for, spend way to much money, and forget your coupons?
I have an organized strategy: I record the sales of interest from each store from all circulars. I then pull coupons I will be using plus the ones for the sale items only.

Do I save money this way in the long run? No idea - I just find the whole practice FUN!

I also do an organized list partially based on what is on sale usually, with menu ideas jotted down. I'm not really a stickler on keeping solely to the list, I just enjoy "pretending" I'm a conscious shopper.
post #17 of 29
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Originally Posted by butzie View Post
I don't think I am a typical grocery shopper.
I love to cook and spend the morning planning the dinner menu. Then I go to our neighborhood market (great place, with the best in fresh) to get the ingredients. If whatever veggie in my recipe is not in season, I just go with the flow and pick out something fresh.
I rarely buy anything in cans except things like crushed tomatoes and black beans.
I bring my own grocery sacks and I never remember to use the darn coupons so I gave up on them.
I love farmer's markets.
I know. I am totally weird going to the market every day and bringing my own sacks.
I buy my catfood at Petsmart.

I understand When I lived in SF I shopped nearly every day.
I lived off 14 th street, the BART I took to work was on 16th and a natural food store was in between on 15th. I stopped in everyday after work. Loved the farmer's market too I hit on weekends.

*Sigh*...I miss the produce in CA *sniff*
post #18 of 29
I usually walk in with something in mind, walk through all the aisles, change my mind and have to wind through the aisles again to get stuff for the new something I'm planning and then walk out having forgotten something important.

And all done as fast as possible, I HATE grocery shopping.
post #19 of 29
I almost never bother with ads or coupons. Generally my shopping is done at Walmart (except meats because theirs taste funny to me). I make a menu for the week, then make the list from there. It keeps the 'extra' spending down. Plus having a menu keeps things from going to waste.

Sometimes I find looking at coupons or the ads makes me add extra things to our grocery list. I started shopping with a menu in mind after I got laid off last summer and I've noticed our grocery bill is down an average of $30 per week. Of course not having DH there adding thing when I'm not looking helps too.
post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
or are you more like me, run in for a few things, forget half the things you went in for, end up with a lot of stuff you didn't go in for, spend way to much money, and forget your coupons?

That's me!!!!!
post #21 of 29
I go in for something, and if Rob isn't with me, walk out with a ton of things I don't need and hadn't planned on getting. When we have our own house and have to do 100% of the shopping, we'll be looking at circulars and whatnot, clipping coupons for stuff we need, etc. But who knows how long that'll last!! He only wants to grocery shop 1x a month, and if I go every week, we'll spend tons on stuff we don't need because I'm the shopper who goes in for 2 things and walks out with 20!
post #22 of 29
I clip coupons, search the ads of the 2 closest grocery stores for the best deals; I take into account that one grocery store doubles coupons up to $.50 and the other up to $.55--I am definitely a bargain shopper. I also keep track of the amount I'm spending as I go along.
post #23 of 29
well hammy comes from a shopping family who looks at ads like they are bibles, i on the other hand come from a poor family who only get what is cheap and only what is needed. He has over the past year and a half gotten me to be a little bit of a shopper. We go thru the ads first but still generally get alot of things we dont need, but isnt that the nature of shopping?
post #24 of 29
I used to collect coupons for the products I was already using or wanted to try. They were seldom in the right place at the right time. I gave that up.

I keep a grocery list in my PDA, so it's with me wherever I am, and is updated as I become aware of a need. I pretty much stick to it. One of its organizing features is what stores I find a particular item in, so it's pretty easy to know what I should be looking for in each. I shop several times a week, on the way home from work, at whatever store has the most things (or the most critical) I need this time.
post #25 of 29
I usually keep whatever coupons I think I'll use, in my purse. I will make a list and add to it throughout the week. I'll get to the grocery store, realize that I left the list at home, try to remember what was on the list, grab all kinds of stuff (but usually not the stuff on the list), spend loads of money, forget to use the coupons that are right there with me, in my purse, get home and realize that I don't have anything I really wanted or needed. Start another list for next week. Rinse and repeat.
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
Thanks, Marie, for the inspiration for this one!

What kind of grocery shopper are you?

Do you scour the circulars, make a long list complete with corresponding coupons?

or are you more like me, run in for a few things, forget half the things you went in for, end up with a lot of stuff you didn't go in for, spend way to much money, and forget your coupons?
are you more like me, run in for a few things, forget half the things you went in for, end up with a lot of stuff you didn't go in for, spend way to much money, and forget your coupons?
that is me exactly LOL
post #27 of 29
OMG, I'm probably the most anal retentive grocery shopper on here

I have been known to not only MAKE lists, but to PUT THEM IN GROUPS. I know enough of grocery stores that the milk, eggs, sandwich meat and cheese are pretty much altogether. So if I need any of those, I'll stick them into the "Dairy" group.

If I don't order them, I'll miss something on the list and have to run to the other side of the store to get it.

I also clip coupons, but forget to bring them half the time.
post #28 of 29
Get in and get out!
post #29 of 29
We don't need coupons here, anything advertised in a coupon is that price on the shelf or they keep the coupons at the front and just scan them for you.

I do look through the circulars before deciding where to go shopping but don't bother driving around to 4 different places to save a few $$
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