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I need help with grocery coupon deals please

blankuser 5 18 October 13, 2015 at 10:22 PM in Coupon (3)
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First off let me say that my situation is embarrassing so I made a user name from my hubby's email to post this. I have been a part of the SD community for a number of years. Ok, so I'm having some emergency struggles and I have been on food stamps for 6 months. I get $350 a month for my family. Next month my food stamps are going from $350 to $16. I'm going to appeal the decision because I think the caseworker entered incorrect info but I need to stretch the $350 ans far as possible. I also get WIC with my Toddler which takes care of Milk, Cereal, Cheese, some beans, rice/bread, 64 oz of juice,$8 of fruits & veggies and one dozen eggs per month.

I want to use deals and coupons to get the rest of the food for a family of 5.
Here is some more info about us:
*We don't eat pork for religious reasons
*I have to bring 2 bags of candy and 1 pumpkin for the kid's school requirements.
*Food stamps can be used at drug stores
*If I can get free or super cheap toddler snacks (like Puffs) my youngest would be happy, if not I can just give her cherios from WIC.

I will be checking the deal forums but please let me know if you see any deals/coupons that will be helpful. I can't thank you enough SD fam!

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The first step is to scroll through this forum and locate the weekly threads for the grocery stores and drug stores in your area.

Check those threads daily for new weekly sales match-ups so that you can print/gather coupons as soon as the information is posted.

Bookmark the printable coupons thread and check that daily for coupons for items your family uses. Reach out and see if you can find a source for free weekly newspaper coupons (neighbors, recycle bin, etc).

Check your area for discount grocery chains that offer better deals on some items (for example: many small ethnic grocery chains offer excellent value on locally sourced produce -- a reputable local chain near me often has chicken legs on sale for .29 or .39 a lb. -- you can make a lot of tasty meals from chicken legs -- from baked chicken to pulled chicken type dishes). Target has some very good grocery deals when you can stack your MFQs, Target coupons, and cartwheel together.

Rethink your basic food strategy -- instead of buying ingredients that are good for just one meal, buy ingredients that can be used for a number of different meals.

When a staple item is on sale for an amazing price (i.e. large cans of tomatoes for 50 cents or under a can -- stock up). Yes, it will be difficult to stock up as you are adjusting, however, as you stock up on each staple, that's less you have to allocate for it from the monthly budget.
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WHERE ARE YOU? If you only post "I WENT TO MY LOCAL STORE and..." and you do not indicate the city/location of that store and your location is not in your profile so that it displays under your screen name, your post IS NOT HELPFUL at all. SO, PLEASE IDENTIFY YOUR LOCATION! Or take your post off to the appropriate blog. Thank You.
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Quote from karmalaw View Post :
The first step is to scroll through this forum and locate the weekly threads for the grocery stores and drug stores in your area.

Check those threads daily for new weekly sales match-ups so that you can print/gather coupons as soon as the information is posted.

Bookmark the printable coupons thread and check that daily for coupons for items your family uses. Reach out and see if you can find a source for free weekly newspaper coupons (neighbors, recycle bin, etc).

Check your area for discount grocery chains that offer better deals on some items (for example: many small ethnic grocery chains offer excellent value on locally sourced produce -- a reputable local chain near me often has chicken legs on sale for .29 or .39 a lb. -- you can make a lot of tasty meals from chicken legs -- from baked chicken to pulled chicken type dishes). Target has some very good grocery deals when you can stack your MFQs, Target coupons, and cartwheel together.

Rethink your basic food strategy -- instead of buying ingredients that are good for just one meal, buy ingredients that can be used for a number of different meals.

When a staple item is on sale for an amazing price (i.e. large cans of tomatoes for 50 cents or under a can -- stock up). Yes, it will be difficult to stock up as you are adjusting, however, as you stock up on each staple, that's less you have to allocate for it from the monthly budget.
Thank you for the useful information.
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Quote from blankuser View Post :
First off let me say that my situation is embarrassing so I made a user name from my hubby's email to post this. I have been a part of the SD community for a number of years. Ok, so I'm having some emergency struggles and I have been on food stamps for 6 months. I get $350 a month for my family. Next month my food stamps are going from $350 to $16. I'm going to appeal the decision because I think the caseworker entered incorrect info but I need to stretch the $350 ans far as possible. I also get WIC with my Toddler which takes care of Milk, Cereal, Cheese, some beans, rice/bread, 64 oz of juice,$8 of fruits & veggies and one dozen eggs per month.

I want to use deals and coupons to get the rest of the food for a family of 5.
Here is some more info about us:
*We don't eat pork for religious reasons
*I have to bring 2 bags of candy and 1 pumpkin for the kid's school requirements.
*Food stamps can be used at drug stores
*If I can get free or super cheap toddler snacks (like Puffs) my youngest would be happy, if not I can just give her cherios from WIC.

I will be checking the deal forums but please let me know if you see any deals/coupons that will be helpful. I can't thank you enough SD fam!
PLease pm me
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I would also suggest that you update your profile to include your specific city/town/area SOMETHING so that slickdeals members that are near you can offer more specific advice/help for your local area (regional stores, grocery chains, coupon sources, etc). You might even end up with someone nearby who can truly help you think outside the box-organize a trade with you, coupon with you, or something else you haven't thought of yet to stretch your dollars.
Good luck!

Editing to add that we all need help sometimes so no need to be embarrassed Smilie
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I would like to know your location too, or at least which stores you have at your disposal.
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Quote from blankuser View Post :
First off let me say that my situation is embarrassing so I made a user name from my hubby's email to post this. I have been a part of the SD community for a number of years. Ok, so I'm having some emergency struggles and I have been on food stamps for 6 months. I get $350 a month for my family. Next month my food stamps are going from $350 to $16. I'm going to appeal the decision because I think the caseworker entered incorrect info but I need to stretch the $350 ans far as possible. I also get WIC with my Toddler which takes care of Milk, Cereal, Cheese, some beans, rice/bread, 64 oz of juice,$8 of fruits & veggies and one dozen eggs per month.

I want to use deals and coupons to get the rest of the food for a family of 5.
Here is some more info about us:
*We don't eat pork for religious reasons
*I have to bring 2 bags of candy and 1 pumpkin for the kid's school requirements.
*Food stamps can be used at drug stores
*If I can get free or super cheap toddler snacks (like Puffs) my youngest would be happy, if not I can just give her cherios from WIC.

I will be checking the deal forums but please let me know if you see any deals/coupons that will be helpful. I can't thank you enough SD fam!
We have a set budget of $75 per week, for our family of 6. This is what I do.. and it works for us.

1. list the things that are absolute necessities

Milk
Eggs
Bread
Produce

For us, we drink (4 gallons of milk a week, and we only buy Organic Milk so that right there for us is $20). Include all those items that are detrimental.. eggs, a loaf of bread, etc.

We price match produce on Wed. at Walmart, and we allocate a specific $ amt for produce, and it includes the items for our meal plans

2. Take a look at your grocery ads this week - find the things that are less in price that you can use for meal planning

i.e. Chicken is on sale this week for us.. and we have Frank's Red Hot, we also have beans on sale and Potatoes. So I buy one tray of breasts, throw in the crock pot and use that shredded chicken for a meal each week.. Friday we use the 4-5 baking potatoes for potato soup (Google the recipe for loaded potato soup)

3. Try to eat as much as you can from your pantry.. you probably have some items that you can use for those meals, dig DEEP in there!

4. Go into the store and don't deviate from your list.. or you will not have enough to stretch!

5. Be Confident that you can DO IT Smilie

If you have a money saving blog in your area, use that in conjunction with Slick Deals to help you.. there are lots of great resources out there. hug
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Yes, please list your location. Happy to help you out if you are near me. Smilie
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in my area, ShopRite discounts its fresh ground meat by 50% about a half hour before closing. At price chopper, the early morning butcher staff is the one that does the discounts. Also look for the day old bread section (better yet, google "artisanal bread in 5 minutes a day" and save a ton -- prep it early on a weekend morning, double the recipe, and freeze half for midweek)

Suggest having a quiet talk with your stores to find out when they do the discounting.
Also, is there an Aldi's? Good source of cheap stuff.
Food pantries are a great way to tide you over during this difficult time.
Just some thoughts...others will have lots more...best of luck to you.
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Quote from armywifeof4 View Post :
We have a set budget of $75 per week, for our family of 6. This is what I do.. and it works for us.


For us, we drink (4 gallons of milk a week, and we only buy Organic Milk so that right there for us is $20). Include all those items that are detrimental.. eggs, a loaf of bread, etc.
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I'm curious about this part.

I too, only buy organic milk but can only find it in the half gallon size and it's $4-$5 per half gallon, so a whole gallon is about $10. We go through 3 half gallons a week, about $15. Frown

What brand comes in a full gallon for $5? I would love to find it. Smilie
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Unfortunately it's at your expense that so much good is being created from your troubles, so many wanting to help!
I'm so sorry for your troubles, hope these things are helpful.
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I'm curious about this part.

I too, only buy organic milk but can only find it in the half gallon size and it's $4-$5 per half gallon, so a whole gallon is about $10. We go through 3 half gallons a week, about $15. Frown

What brand comes in a full gallon for $5? I would love to find it. Smilie
I'm guessing by her user name that she might have commissary privileges. BUT, Whole Foods carries organic milk in their own store brand and it's often on sale for $4.99 a gallon. Publix has its own store brand of greenwise organic milk that's often on sale for $5 to $6 a gallon. Most major chains now have their own private label organic milk, including Target. When it's on sale I buy an extra gallon, and freeze it in portion sizes in small snapware containers -- then I thaw and shake it up or use it frozen (in the summer it makes a great homemade iced coffee -- I pour a shot of espresso over it and whirl it in the blender).
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I just wanted to say that there is no need to be embarrassed OP. We all need some kind of help at one time or another. There is no shame in asking for or receiving help.

If you post your general region or which grocery stores are available in your area, we may be able to help a little more specifically as other have mentioned. In case you dont feel like posting where you are from for all to see and you happen to be in the Wilmington, NC area I might be able to help with a little HBA. I did get rid of a lot of the stockpile before the move and I have been mostly on a break but I do have a little excess to spare and I would love to meet a local couponer. Feel free to PM OP if you are in the area, perhaps I can help a little. Smilie
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I would like to help you out if you are in Boston area. Pl. pm me.
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I'm guessing by her user name that she might have commissary privileges. BUT, Whole Foods carries organic milk in their own store brand and it's often on sale for $4.99 a gallon. Publix has its own store brand of greenwise organic milk that's often on sale for $5 to $6 a gallon. Most major chains now have their own private label organic milk, including Target. When it's on sale I buy an extra gallon, and freeze it in portion sizes in small snapware containers -- then I thaw and shake it up or use it frozen (in the summer it makes a great homemade iced coffee -- I pour a shot of espresso over it and whirl it in the blender).
I have commissary privileges but they only carry Horizon and Organic Valley, both in half gallon sizes and both are $4 to $5. No Publix, no Target, no Whole Foods anywhere near me. Winn Dixie brand organic is only in half gallon but they charge almost $6. EEK!

The search continues.
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