When I started couponing a couple years ago, I realized that my grocery shopping strategy needed to change a little. Before, I would just take my list into whatever store I was planning on visiting purchase those items (along with whatever else that caught my eye…). There was no real grocery budget and only a basic menu plan.
After beginning to consistently plan our menu, my grocery lists started changing and becoming shorter and more concise.
Over the last year, I’ve developed a system that really works for me.
I have a small (roughly 3×5″) spiral bound notebook that I keep in the kitchen.
As grocery day nears, I tear out that sheet and break it down into smaller lists based on the store where I will be purchasing each item.
Then I go through all of my coupons and pull out the ones I plan on using. Then I match them to the items on my list and write out beside the item if I have a coupon to be used (I also note if it’s a coupon for a free item).
As I put items in my cart, if it has a matching coupon, I move it to the back of the paper clipped stack, face down. This just ensures I won’t be constantly flipping through the entire stack every time I’m matching a coupon to an item.
I do also make sure to bring along my coupon box, because I frequently find extra deals or end-caps with huge markdowns that I will have a coupon to go with!!
This system has saved me so much time in my shopping trips. It definitely takes a little more time at home to prepare, but it helps me zip through each store much more quickly and efficiently.
This post is linked to Works For Me Wednesday.