Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tuesday's Tip

~Couponing: Price matching~

A couple of weeks ago, Melinda and I went to a coupon class taught by the WRAL SmartShopper. If you are new to using coupons and live in my area, you may want to check out her blog.  She offers a ton of ideas on how to use your coupons effectively.  Poor Melinda was probably bored out of her mind.  She knew about 90% of the class, but I'm glad she was there to help me and keep me company.  :)

Here is a picture from inside the TV station where we took the class.  I thought this was so neat.

One of the tips I found interesting was price matching.  She didn't talk much about this, but Melinda and I talked about it quite a bit.  I always knew Wal-Mart would price match, but I never used it to my advantage and I never thought about food.  This tip will help you avoid going to different stores each week.  Some of the deals that we have price matched lately have been produce.  Wal-Mart had pineapples for $2.99 and I price matched them to $.99.  A 3 pack of tri-color peppers were $3.88 at Wal-Mart, price matched to $1.29. Grape tomatoes from $3.99 to $.69!  And so on....

You will need to keep your grocery ads through the week.  I don't always get all of the ads, so I go to the stores website and print out the list.  The BEST prices I have ever seen on produce is at Aldi.  Take the ad with you to Wal-Mart, pick up your items, and price match them right at the register.  Make sure you let the cashier know what items you are going to price match.  She/He will need to adjust the price right away.  Can you believe it?!  You tell them how much you want to pay!!  WOW!!

Yes, this does take time and yes, it can be a lot of work, but look at the money you are going to save.  You should be able to save at least 50 to 60% each week.  If you are Melinda, you are saving 80% +. HA!!  

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