ShopSmart Poll – Coupon Savings are Real

According to a recent poll conducted by Consumer Reports National Research Center for ShopSmart magazine, women who use shopping loyalty cards and coupons save an average of $678 or 10% on their grocery bill each year.

Some results from the poll..

  • 55% of female coupon users bought an off-brand for coupon savings
  • The most common source for coupons was the weekend newspaper
  • The average female coupon user collects 7 coupons and uses 4
  • The average female grocery shopper spends $116 per week on groceries
  • 19% of those who watch checkout scanners caught errors

Tips to reduce your grocery bill…

  • Use shopper loyalty cards
  • Use a weekly grocery list and only buy what is on the list
  • Leave children at home when shopping for groceries
  • Avoid the impulse purchases at checkout and aisle endcaps
  • Use coupons
  • Buy meat on sale and freeze for later use
  • Save leftovers and eat for lunch
  • Invest in and use a crockpot
  • Organize and inventory pantry to avoid duplicate purchases
  • Buy sale items in quantity
  • Join warehouse club – buy sale items and avoid overspending
  • Inventory freezer once a month to avoid wasting food
  • Cook entrees on weekend for weekday meals to avoid eating out

Saving money on groceries is not rocket science but it does take discipline and a little planning.  By planning your weekly grocery shopping, using a grocery list and coupons, you can save some real money.

What tips do you use to save money on groceries?

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9 Responses to ShopSmart Poll – Coupon Savings are Real

  1. Suzanne with Laughing Wallet 12/13/2011 at 6:25 am #

    Paul, I just do it the old-fashioned way with pen and paper (since my list is on paper – I can just mark my tab on the back as I cross things off), but I bet you’re right that there’s probably an app out there for it!

  2. Paul 12/11/2011 at 9:17 am #

    Great idea Suzanne. I believe there is a Smartphone app that can help you keep track of your grocery list items. Do you use an app to keep track of that?

  3. Suzanne with Laughing Wallet 12/11/2011 at 9:12 am #

    I go to the store with a list, and I stick to it, but I also have a budget, so I keep a running tab as I shop. The tab serves two purposes: 1- if I see I’m running over my budget, it’s easy to see which items I can put back (if I don’t really need them) that will get me back on track, and 2 – when I check out, if the total isn’t right, I can tell right away and resolve any discrepancies before I walk away from the cashier. I noted that the story above says 19% of those who watch the checkout scanner have found errors, so it’s good to have an idea how things should be ringing up!

  4. Paul 12/10/2011 at 1:01 pm #

    If you have a Smartphone there are a few apps out there that will keep track of your loyalty card information. All you have to do is have them scan the barcode on your smartphone and you are good to go. The best part is that you don’t have to carry all those cards!

  5. Maria@moneyprinciple 12/10/2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Couponing in the UK is not very popular either. Apart from that, I do find that keeping track of loyalty cadrs is so exhausting that I have no energy left for the big stuff. Hence, where our food budget is concerned we keep to basics: menu plan, buy fro what we cook and split shopping between cheap shops for basics and little producers for the ‘finer’ stuff.

  6. Roshawn @ Watson Inc 12/10/2011 at 10:37 am #

    We definitely use loyalty cards and are members of our local warehouse club. My wife is particularly good about checking the circulars for coupons. She also uses the crock pot. I avoid impulse purchases too. Fortunately, many of the end cap items or checkout lane items aren’t things that I find particularly tempting anyway.

  7. Sustainable PF 12/10/2011 at 7:49 am #

    We don’t use a lot of coupons but couponing is VERY different in Canada from what I can tell.
    The thing about coupons is that, at least here, they aren’t always usable on sale items and we tend to scour flyers for deals and buy most everything on sale.

    One thing we do, is buy local dairy products. They have a deal where if we get 4L of milk we get $2.50 off of a tub of their yummy ice cream. So coupling the items saves us money.

  8. Paul 12/09/2011 at 4:20 pm #

    A grocery list is probably the easiest way to limit your grocery bill.

  9. krantcents 12/09/2011 at 11:33 am #

    My wife plans our meals and uses a list to shop. As prices increase, her menu planing changes to keep the costs down.