How to Save on Groceries in 2013

2013 is predicted to bring fiscal cliffs, solar flares and increased grocery prices. While we don’t have the anecdote for the former two, we can provide some tips to assuage fears about higher grocery bills! The department of agriculture predicts a 5% increase in food prices in 2013. Given the average grocery budget for a family of four ($236.60 per week), this 5% translates to an additional $615 annually.

Saving $615 is great, but we’ll do you even better and promise savings of at least $200 each month if you follow these quick tips. You won’t be spending hours upon hours like the extreme couponers on television. The only thing extreme here will be the savings.

Extreme Couponing in 2013

  1. Set aside 30 minutes per week for couponing, and plan to save $200 per month on your overall household grocery bills. ($200 savings calculated off of regular retail price.)
  2. Start saving your Sunday coupon inserts. Pick up a file box or, better yet, any cardboard box, and create a filing system where you can organize coupon inserts by date. Simply file all coupon inserts from Sunday, January 6th in one folder; Sunday, January 13th in another file folder; etc.  Don’t clip any coupons yet.
  3. Visit TheKrazyCouponLady beginner page and read our series on How to Become a Krazy Coupon Lady in Ten Days. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel, and watch the Extreme Couponing Tips playlist.  Or, if you prefer a portable, comprehensive how-to guide, consider purchasing a copy of our book, Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey.
  4. Visit TheKrazyCouponLady.com daily, or sign up for the daily emails and follow on facebook. Be especially vigilant about visiting on Sundays and Wednesdays, the first day of the new sale week.

Soon you’ll be saving over 50% on toiletries and household staples like cereal, yogurt and pasta.  We hope you’ll consider spending your year with us at TheKrazyCouponLady. We’re expanding our store coverage with over 20 new store locations around the country, releasing a new savings app, and bringing you new tip videos each week. Resolve to change your habits and shop smarter this year!

 

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40 thoughts on “How to Save on Groceries in 2013”

Thank you all for this great site and all the help you have given me in terms of lowering my grocery bill and all the work you do to help us with sales, freebies and tips. Now your video on 2013 savings and help Krazy ladies are amazing just noticed them. I will buy the book too I know it will be a wonderful tool too and teach my young adult kids to learn the ways of saving. Happy Holidays and Thank you!!

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I appreciate all the work you do and you’re one of my favorite couponing blogs, but I hate when coupon bloggers say couponing will only take 30 minutes to one hour a week! That is so untrue and gives beginners an unreal ideal. I have been doing this for almost two years and I can be in just one store for longer than 30 minutes. I read couponing blogs for more than 30 minutes a DAY! If you don’t cut your coupons until you need them, then yes, you save some time there, but then you don’t have all your coupons with you if you find clearance or unmarked sale items. I am very behind with cutting my coupons, so that makes it take a bit longer, but I think it would still take at least an hour to cut each week’s coupons, if you get two or more papers. It takes time just to review each week’s match-ups and write up a list of what you want to purchase that week. Plus, I always review two blogs’ match-ups since bloggers are human and make mistakes and miss things. People need to be aware that couponing is a time commitment, although a worthwhile one at that. Not only does it help you save money, it’s fun!

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I appreciate all the hard work you do to! I have taught a couple classes to a group of women wanting to help them save money. I for sure have one who is really into it like me. I love it when they tell me the deals they find. I LOVE saving $. I love my little stockpile and it’s such a relief to go to it when I need it instead of the store. Keep the videos coming!

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how do i get to the new videos like the one for today( wednesday), i subscribed new years eve.

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Thanks.. I look forward to using this site for the year and yound!

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I love you ladies. THANK you so much for all the time YOU take into getting US to the best deals. I have been KRAZY for 2 years now and will NEVER go back to the old way….not using coupons and scouring deals.

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Thank You for everything and Happy New Year.

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You have saved all of us who follow you tons of money! You should head up a dept. for the US Government, they could use your help! Thanks for all your hard work, I was able to share some of my stockpile with friends, family & co-workers for pennies & they all were surprised & happy for the goodie bags. God bless you both!

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You’ve been more important to me than Suze Orman.

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I have to admit being faithful and organized has been a blessing for my family. :) I am looking forward to the app. I was looking to see if there was one the other day and couldnt find one but found a bunch of other useful ones. The community alone has been a large blessing for us. Thank You.

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Last night at Kroger I found sweet potatoes for .15 per pound, so I canned them today. My brother found cans of Carnation for .25 at a regional chain store, so those kinds of deals will add to the stockpile since the coupons have been so lame lately. My binder is nearly empty.

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Thanks Ladies!!! Cutest Squirrel Ever!!! LoL Perfect Shot!

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Uh, what did you two say? I was distracted by the cute squirrel playing in the tree behind you. Oh yeah, save money, right! Love the site and I have the book.

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Love this site and thank you ladies for all that you do. I have a question, does anyone only shop with insert coupons and no printables? It seems like the money i am saving on food and other items is being used up for printer ink. And i don’t use every printable that i print. I thought about waiting to print only for a sale but sometimes the coupons are gone when i need them. Thank you and any advice would be appreciated.

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I have an old black and white laser printer (HP4L). The toner cartridge is around $100 but lasts for 2 years or more and Staples ships to me for free and sends me a gift card good for around $25. I have never set up a color deskjet left by my mother since the cartridges are so expensive and run out quickly. Laser printers are well worth the money in the long run. I only print immediately coupons that I know will be gone by noon (pacific time) and those I know I will use within the expiration timetable (usually 1 month). I also try to print 2 or 3 at a time so I don’t waste the paper. I do not shop where there are double coupons (rare anyway) but I do ad match at Wal-mart. I save (for the 2 of us) over $200 a month which more than pays for my printing of coupons. I am also signed up on several manufacturer web sites as they have good coupons. You do however end up printing 1 coupon per page. I cook almost everything from scratch which saves a ton of money (retired) and it is much better for you also. Even when I worked 40-60 hours a week I would cook scratch meals a few times a week and do big batches to freeze so we could eat well several times a week. I buy meat when ad matched with a coupon or a REALLY good sale. Tomorrow is senior day (first Wednesday of the month) so I will be out scarfing up on the b1g1 free deals I can’t ad match at Wal-mart. They give you an extra 10% discount for senior day!. Never be discouraged – just try to find what works for you.

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Thank you i appreciate it.

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i dont know what kind of printer you have, but hp cartridges are fairly easy to refill yourself. I refill the black ink ones and that saves a lot of money. directions can be found on internet. you can get the black ink at office supply, walmart, etc. sometimes i find it at my local dollar store.

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I have a Brother Laser printer (HL-2240) that I picked up 2 years ago for 50.00 at Office Depot and I have only had to change the toner once. I buy the refills on eBay for less than $20.00. I just bought the same printer for my mother in law for Christmas from Staples for $50.00 as well. Best times to buy is back to school and Christmas. Hope that helps :)

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Star – Consider purchasing toner refill online. I paid $9.99 and have refilled the cartridge 20 times in 2 years. The refilling is easy and straight forwrd.

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I have just started using coupons to help my family save money I was unsure how to get started til I found your site. Thank you for your hard work. :) hopefully my family can save more this year on our grocery bill than we have in the past.

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so where do we recycle our binders?

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antidote.

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So glad to have KLC helping us out. Our family is barely making it thank goodness for your help and coupon tips. A little scared about all the prices going up while not making any more $ :( Even though i can’t save on everything we need to buy…whenever i save on a grocery trip is money left over to put on other things that needed taken care of. Thank you so much for all your help

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Hi, kcl random questions do you ever come across sales on spanish products like goya.???? well Happy new yrs to you and your families and everyone that reads :)

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Goya actually has coupons on their website.

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thanks kcl I cant wait for your new app and the rest of the new stores HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family. God bless!

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SO excited for an app from you- please hurry! :) Oh, and Happy New Year!!

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I have set a goal to lower my grocery bill this year..and I have plenty of deodorant, shampoo, razors, dhaving cream etc. and household stuff but I have problems saving on food (that we will actually use!!). Any suggestions?

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Keep watching for the sales and learn the cycles. Do you have a freezer? This helps with meat prices. In march the frozen food sale will be available and the Shoprite can can sales has many huge savings and not just on canned goods.

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this makes two of us im planning my grocery trip for the month i am a single mother of 3 small children and i spend a lot on groceries. wish i knew how to save on this!!

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Check for stores that double up coupons. I have found this to be the best way to save money. Or stores that ‘stack’ coupons. I used to go shopping once a month as well but have found that i save more money by going once a week to different stores. Yes, it does take more time but i can’t complain due to the savings.

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I have one store that doubles up to 70 cents one day a week. I ad match and double and that’s here I find my best savings :)

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Single moms… I too needed to save on grocery. I also live in the south, which means no doubling anything. I have found shopping weekly is better. I only buy what is on sale in the ad. I do not go to Walmart. I only have time to shop on weekends. I also think it makes a BIG difference on how you cook. For example, i got Cooks ham for xmas dinner, bone in. With the left overs i made ham and scalloped potatoes and saved the bone for my black eyed peas. Remake you left overs. Kids have no idea. I cook alot on weekends, so i don’t all ways rush home to make a meal. With coupons I have a great stock of basics! So I only buy perishables and meat weekly and any basic on sale with my coupons! You also need a freezer, stop up on meat when its cheap. Like chickens will go on sales for 0.68 a lb., I buy 6 chickens! I hope this helps! KCL is the best site to learn. Happy New Year!!

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thank! this helps alot!! now i have to save on a freezer!!

I bought my freezer at a moving sale for $125. Works great!

very lucky!!

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i think the only grocery store in my area that doubles is stop ad shop i have to call and confirm and they are not that good with sales i find them to be kinda expensive but i am going to keep and eye out and im going to try the weekly shopping !!

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agree by going weekly you cancan take advantage of the various sales and combine them with coupons.

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So Excited for the APP!!

Love you Krazy Coupon Ladies!

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I so appreciate all of your hard work!!

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