How I Save on Groceries (without Coupons) – Letters from Sunnybrook

How I Save on Groceries (without Coupons) – Letters from Sunnybrook.

This is a great rundown of how to cut your budget without coupons.

One of the common things I see people holler at low budget & food stamp shopping people is ,”USE COUPONS!” (actually, THE most ridiculous internet feuds I’ve ever been involved in was about couponing! A group of Couponing Divas used 57 pages on their forum to trash talk me & poor people on food stamps. I was so flattered that they used their free non-couponing time to think about moi)

I have found that coupons don’t work for us at all. When we do the math, we end up spending less just buying a store brand , even if the coupon is for something that the store is having a sale on. We do use store coupons.

Plus,  when I look at coupons, I never  can find things we will use. We don’t use packaged,pre-made foods. Coupons are rarely for raw ingredients. I look at what can be bought with coupons and wonder what the hell I would even do with a lot of that crap.
Like… in this Pin:

I would use the toilet paper but I could find a lot better things to spend $20 on.

But anyway… that’s how we do things here. If coupons work for you, that’s super awesome. If you’re like me and find they don’t ,feel free to share your other non-coupon tips in the comments!

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8 thoughts on “How I Save on Groceries (without Coupons) – Letters from Sunnybrook

  1. I agree with you – you said it perfectly. You also need a storage area for all this stockpiling. I live in a small apartment and stash good buys when they happen but use my creativity – throughout the home.

  2. One of the biggest things is simple…Don’t be a Picky Eater! If you are like me, you will try almost anything and enjoy most of it! So you can watch for specials, eat fresh produce when it’s in season, or grow your own without being limited by your “don’t likes”. And a diet that includes a wide variety of foods is not just more economical, it’s healthier.

    1. ^^^ That. Being a picky eater and having to have THAT brand of this or that makes any grocery bill more expensive. Another one that I’ve noticed is not eating leftovers. I know people who make too much food and then the leftovers just languish in the fridge until they go bad. Sure I’ll try to throw some greens in the leftover bean soup the third time we’re having it to make it a little different but it’s not going to go bad, greens or not.

  3. I tried couponing years ago and never had much luck–for the reasons you point out. The coupons are all for brand names, which sell for much higher than the store brands. I gave it up after I found myself flipping through piles of coupons, trying to find the right size package with the right date only to realize that I was paying more than the regular price for a different brand. The only ones I use now are for cat food, since he is a very picky eater.

    Cooking from scratch has cut down the costs (manager’s specials for meats, sales on veggies, etc.) and is healthier overall.

  4. Hello! Thank you for sharing my post 🙂 I too have tried following a couponer’s methods and it never works out the same for me as it does for them. I do go through some online printable coupons for a couple things I have to get a specific brand and product for, due to allergies, but that is rare. Mostly I find they are for lots of unnecessary or unhealthy products. Not that I didn’t spend hours fascinated by the Extreme Couponing TV shows when they came out … sort of like Hoarders … guilty pleasure viewing.

    1. You’re welcome!
      I binge watched Extreme Couponers on Netflix one time. I cried at the few that gave it all the the food bank but then, I got mad because ,like you said, so much of it is unhealthy!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment 🙂

  5. I concur. Coupons are rarely for the basics, which is what effective food budgeting has to focus on. To control costs, we’ve got to plan, look at per-serving costs on a per meal and per day basis, provide the labor ourselves, and minimize waste. I look at Coupon Queens as a special class of hoarder. They misuse the concept of what a pantry should be and how one ought to be used by a careful meal planner. Most of what gets showcased in articles and television programs are shelves and shelves of products that will end their short use lives in a landfill.

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