WRAL SmartShopper

WRAL SmartShopper

Faye gets people ready to save at the grocery store

Posted February 20, 2011

Smart Shopper Faye Prosser shared her wisdom about saving money on your grocery bill with about 100 people at a workshop in the WRAL studios Saturday.

Two participants, Connie and Susie, said they wanted to fine-tune their knowledge of how to get the most out of coupons.

"I've always cut coupons, but I've never used them the right way, or if I had them at home, I always left them at home when I went to the grocery store," Connie said.

"I needed to know how just a little bit extra work could save a lot more money," Susie said. "For just a small family, for a family of two, it's as important as for a big family to save money."

Along with tips on using coupons, Faye taught about store promotions and meal planning. Susie and Connie said they picked up some practical lessons.

"I learned up about how you don't need to go to extreme couponing, how you can do it and actually have extra supplies at home, but not go to the point where you're a fanatic about it," Susie said.

"I didn't know that you could use the store coupons that you get from the flyers along with the manufacturers' coupons all together," Connie said.

Connie was motivated when she left the workshop.

"We're ready to go to the grocery store," she declared.


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  • jdouglas13 Feb 21, 2011

    Another coupon tip is that some Lowes and Harris Teeters let you use competitor store coupons if they are, say, $5 off a $20 purchase. They don't accept for cents off a specific item, only off the entire order. Competitor stores may be CVS, Target, Dollar General, etc. And, this is on top of your store coupons and manufacturer coupons. I like to ask at the customer service desk before I start shopping so I know if it is a competitor's coupon they will accept.

  • KLW Feb 21, 2011

    Yep flashyswife! For example, Lowes Foods often has coupons in the ad that are good for 3-weeks. You can "stack" them with manufacturer's coupons and sometimes this results in a free or almost free product. You can also do this with the e-vic promotions that Harris Teeter runs.

  • flashyswife Feb 20, 2011

    What? Do you mean I can use a store coupon AND a manufacuters coupon for the same item during the same shopping trip?