Spend money to save money on groceries? To many, this concept appears counterproductive. “I’m trying to save money, why would I spend to do that? That doesn’t help me.” But we all will spend to save. We just don’t think of it that way. We have no problem with it when we understand and desire the long term benefits; when we can see beyond the initial expense to the advantages. In fact, we think it wise.
Examples of how we already do this? Purchasing new home appliances that are more energy efficient; replacing a car that is breaking down constantly; changing telephone, cell phone, internet and/or television providers; driving a bit farther to that cheaper gas station; switching our home, auto and/or life insurance; hiring an investment company…
How is this related to grocery savings? In each case, we explore what goods and services are available and make an educated decision for the maximum long term benefits. Grocery savings are no different. To really save big, we need to invest a little in obtaining and redeeming coupons.
I still don’t see it… Here’s an example: The Sunday edition of the newspaper, even at newsstand prices, costs $2. Last week, Old Spice Body Wash was on sale. The January 1st inserts contained a $2 coupon for this. Already, at bare minimum, you’ve broken even. But there were dozens of other coupons as well. Sticking with only that same week’s coupons, it’s like trading 2 bucks for a $20 bill! Who would say no to that?
But there are never coupons for the things I buy! Even if you eat only “healthy foods”, there are numerous coupons you are missing. Healthy-eating families still bathe, brush their teeth, wash their clothes and dishes, take vitamins… And products like bread, yogurt, salad mix and milk are healthy choices – with coupons out for them on a regular basis. One of the biggest advantages to an organic or healthy-eating family is the money saved on health, beauty and household products assists in affording desired food choices.
Written by: SavingsAngel Di (blog angel) on January 9, 2012.