Thrifty Thursday: Grocery Shopping Strategies

Thrifty grocery shopping requires knowing when, where and how to buy the things you need. Here is my simple strategy for the when, where and how! 

Top 10 things I always purchase with coupons 

These are things I never buy without pairing a coupon and a sale. They are easy to get at a reasonable price, sometimes even FREE. =) 

  1. Cereal
  2. Salad dressing
  3. Pasta sauce
  4. Fruit snacks
  5. Juice
  6. Condiments: BBQ sauce, mustard, relish
  7. Campbells soup
  8. Dish detergent
  9. Toothpaste
  10. Laundry detergent/fabric softener
Using coupons with a sale, I got these boxes of cereal for $1.25 each!

Additionally, these are things that we use in larger quantities than other groceries. The key is to get coupons for things you buy often! If you need help finding coupons for something, let me know!

Top 5 things I buy at Aldi

These are things that I either cannot find coupons for, or that I need more often than I can afford to stock up when they are on sale. 

  1. Fresh Produce and Vegetables
  2. Juice – sometimes juice is just over $1 at Aldi, which is a great price. 
  3. Mexican food (tortillas, taco seasoning, nacho cheese)
  4. Cereal Bars/Granola Bars
  5. Soups for cooking (cream of mushroom, etc.)

If there is not an Aldi in your area, you may find that Sam’s, Costco or a place like SaveMore foods works well for your needs. Be careful though, sometimes things are much more expensive at “discount” stores. 

Top 5 things I can’t buy with coupons

Let’s face it – there are just some products for which you cannot find coupons! 

  1. Meat 
  2. Produce
  3. Bread
  4. Milk
  5. Ice cream! *Disclaimer – you CAN find coupons for ice cream, but I rarely use them. I do choose the brand that is the best deal, but still… my need for ice cream supersedes my need to be thrifty.
This doesn’t mean you throw caution to the wind when buying things that don’t have coupons! With the exception of meat, these are things that I can’t feasibly stock up on. I always buy meat on sale – never, ever pay full price for meat. Produce does follow a sales cycle – buy in season and you’re within the sales cycle. 

That’s it for this week! Come back next Thursday for some tips on time management.


In case you missed them, here are the first four posts in the Thrifty Thursday series:
Thrifty Meal – Let’s Go Shopping! –Little By Little – More Thrifty Tips

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