Bread, milk and butter, a trip to the grocery store can really cost you these days. But what if we told you that you could save hundreds? A local coupon clipping connoisseur shows 11 News how.
Rhonda Cool, with Be Centsable, a workshop that teaches people how to save with coupons, says, "You actually build your shopping list and your menu around the items that are on sale." Cool says planning a menu will help you plan your shopping. "You are going to have your lost liters which are basically going to be on the front page and those are going to be the items on sale where you can get the most savings," says Cool.
Keeping coupons organized is key says, Cool. "I have my three ring binder here with my coupons from my other stores." Cool says you can find coupons not only in the paper and mail but on-line. When you can says Cool, "You want to buy in bulk and you want to use your coupons and you want to use them when they are on sale so you get the maximum saving."
Also keep your eyes open for store specials.
"Here is another combo deal we've got a pound of sliced bacon and large eggs for $2.99, great deal," says, Cool.
And watch for chances to use more than one coupon, like buy one get ones. Cool says, "A lot of people think you can't use coupons on those items but you can. You can actually use two coupons because you're buying two products."
The best way to maximize your saving says Cool is to shop around. Each grocery store will have different discounts. Cool says, "We want to look at the sale circulars we want to make sure that we go where the sales are."
Remember, just because a sale item is listed as group price doesn't mean you have to buy that many. "10 for 10 means a dollar each," says, Cool.
Wednesdays shopping trip to Safeway saved Cool almost 50 percent on her bill. "We actually saved a total of $80.83, 45 percent.," says, Cool.
The next Be Centsable Workshop takes place Saturday May 30th from 10 a.m. to noon at Goodwill Community Room. 630 24 ½ Road. The Cost is $20.
RSVP Rhonda Cool at firstname.lastname@example.org.