Why Use Coupons for Groceries
The USDA‘s most current estimate on the monthly cost of food for a family of four eating at home range from about $550 for a thrifty-cost food plan to over $1,250 for a liberal plan. That is a lot of money for a grocery budget for families with low income.
Food costs today are up from 10 years ago, when a thrifty-cost food plan for a family of four was $108; a low-cost plan, $139; moderate-cost plan, $173; a liberal plan, $208 a week. The price of a moderate-cost healthy plan went up 38% between 2003 and 2013 and the cost of food in general went up 32%. During that period, inflation was only up about 26%.
If you are in the same situation as many families currently find themselves in (lower income and higher cost of food), using grocery coupons to buy groceries can cut the cost of your food bill and help you stay within your food budget.
There is no denying that using coupons with your grocery shopping will take time and dedication. But, as in everything that is worth doing, regularly using coupons to do your grocery shopping can result in real savings for you every week on your grocery bill.
Anyone who wants to save money on groceries can make good use of coupons. It’s just a matter of doing it. Anyone who wants to save money should take every opportunity to buy their groceries using coupons.
Coupons are like cash. When you buy your groceries with them, you save money. If you don’t use them, you are throwing money away.
The saying “A penny saved is a penny earned,” has never been more true. But we’re talking about dollars and not just pennies. While a dollar saved is a dollar in your pocket, a dollar earned (income) gets eaten up by taxes and such, so that you end up taking home less than a dollar. In this sense, saving a dollar you already earned is truly better than making a new dollar.
Using coupons for groceries to save money doesn’t have to be complicated. By knowing and following a few basic strategies, you can reduce your grocery bill by 30% – 50%, and, if you time it right when to use the coupons), up to 90% or more, with minimal effort.
It may feel like a waste of time and effort at the beginning. But once you have a system in place, and are able to get a steady supply of coupons and keep them organized, your coupon clipping won’t seem like a second job and will produce real savings for your efforts.
And there are tips and information on this site and the rest of the Internet to help you save money by using manufacturers’ coupons for groceries.