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Comparison shopping can help when coupons don't

Posted May 24, 2012

If you feel like you can't find coupons for the items on your shopping list, check out this video. Faye Prosser Comparison shopping can help replace coupons

We tackle Kelcey Carlson's $109 grocery bill to find out how she can save money through comparison shopping.


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  • creationstation3 May 25, 2012

    I just go to Walmart and pricematch for all of these things. I get all the best deals in one tip. I have found their produce to be excellent most of the time. If it doesn't meet my standards, I just skip that item. This has saved my a ton ofmoney and myfamily has eaten so much healthier since I have started shopping this way.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 24, 2012

    Immersion blender....must look that up. Is there a foreign language or wet suit involved? ;-)

    You are very welcome, aewagner! :-)

  • jdouglas13 May 24, 2012

    Yes, I remember those 12 hour days. Glad they are behind me! Faye, you're welcome for dinner any time :) In the meantime, it is a ridiculously easy and frugal (when asparagus are cheap) recipe especially with an immersion blender... now that's a kitchen tool worth every penny to invest in!

  • aewagner87 May 24, 2012

    Thanks for all your help each week Faye! You made it very simple for me to get started couponing (taking the workshop) and by reading your blog each week. I have also encouraged Co-workers/family members to start couponing to save money for a vacation this year! I am so glad to be able to have enough money to actually get grocery's w/ the high prices for everything! So again thanks for all you do!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 24, 2012

    jdouglas, what Kelcey forgot to mention is that she probably got to work at 4 or 5 in the morning so she is beat after a 12 hour day. She does the very early morning news.

    Mmmmm...asparagus soup! What time is dinner again?! ;-)

  • jdouglas13 May 24, 2012

    Faye, you always do such a great job on these segments! I had to laugh at the woman anchor who said she was working late until 5 pm every day, so wouldn't have time to peel carrots. I can't remember the last job I had where I got out as early at 5 pm! More like 6:30 or 7 with an hour plus commute each way on top of it. THEN get home and start cooking dinner from scratch! I became the queen of every pasta/veggie concoction you can imagine that would only take as long to prepare as it would for the pasta to cook. Those years were also when I started batch cooking, which I still do. It's a huge help even now that I can no longer work. I have three containers of really yummy homemade cream of asparagus soup in the freezer that I serve cold in the summer.

  • Oxymoron02 May 24, 2012

    You don't even need to go store to store. Seriously, I used to shop almost exclusively at Kroger, before I got into couponing, and I only bought what was on sale, and with produce that means what's in season, and stocked up when the price was right.

    $100 a week for groceries, without coupons, without comparison shopping, for a family of 6 is totally do-able just sticking to one store *IF* you're rocking the stockpiling.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 24, 2012

    bravesfan, during the segment we filmed, I made it very clear that you can't go to every store and that I DO NOT make extra trips just for a few grocery items. Unfortunately, that footage did not make it into the segment that aired. I stop at a store on the way home from other destinations (like work or activities with the kids) so I don't have that extra gas cost you referred to (that nobody wants).

    You are right that it is not worth it if you are spending extra gas to drive all around town. With just a little planning, it is more than worth it to make even just one additional stop a week to pick up the loss leaders each week (items 75% or more off the original price for items you use). Many of us have multiple stores on the way to and from work and activities and making a quick stop while passing those stores can save $25 or more, every single week. It sounds like you are already doing that so kudos to you. Thanks for watching the video! :-)

  • carelesswhisper May 24, 2012

    I work about 2-3 minutes from a HT so I always go there on my lunch break during a great sale. Food Lion, CVS, Walgreens, and Lowes Foods are all near home so I stop by those on the way home if they are having a great sale.

  • heremeaj May 24, 2012

    I do not go to all the stores each week. I typically go to HT or whoever has the best sale. But as I am looking at the prices in the sale flyers I jot down what i would buy that week if I were by that store. Only takes a second but allws me to pop in and get three things if I ride right by a store. Otherwise agreed, gas and time are both too expensive to chase all over town. Makes me tired to think about it and you would have spent in gas more than you saved inside.