In our family there are only the two of us, but these tips will work for any size family. Have one of the children search on line for the ads or be responsible for the grocery list. We don't clip coupons because most items are on processed foods which we never buy. So the the price matching works best for us.
The day before we shop, one of us looks at the ads on line for the grocery stores in our area since we don't get the local paper. If we need some type of meat and chicken for example is on sale, I will base a few meals around chicken. We also price match, for example we have a Walmart in our town so if one of the other stores has pineapples on sale and it's not a store that we frequent I will buy it at Walmart for the same price as the competitors ad. I write the item and competitors price on our grocery list. Walmart will match it at the check out, just tell them the competitors price.
Who to Check on line
Edwards Grocery in Harrison
Aldi in Harrison
Aldi in West Plains
Town & Country in Mountain Home
Harps in Mountain Home
Walgreens in Mountain Home
Sunfest in Gasville
It's the simple things in life that are the hardest, like making a grocery list and getting out the door with said list. If you are going to save money and do any type of meal planning a list is a must. Our solution is a piece of paper held on the refrigerator with a magnet. When ever we notice we need something, we write it on the list. We only go to town once a week, we pay bills and stop at the bank along with other stops. So if it's not on the list we do not make a special trip in town gas costs money. This is a training issue once you get use to using a list getting out the door with it is the next big issue. So now you have your list with your price matching items on the list you are set to go.
KNOW YOUR STORES
We shop 3 different stores, one has a great meat department and baking section, the other which is Walgreens (who would guess) has the best price for milk and eggs, the basics. The third is Walmart which will price match the competitors prices. So we start at one and end up at Walmart, the reason for this order is if there is an ad for an item and the product is out of stock or looks a bit under the weather Walmart will match the price, so you always get the best value.
BRING A CALCULATOR
In our small town the stores don't give you the price per unit on the labels so we do check by taking the price of the product and dividing it by the ounces to find what the price per unit is of the item. You will be amazed even if the item is on sale a smaller size might be a better buy. If you are shopping with children this is a good math lesson while instilling how to be a good consumer.
I hope some of my tips will help you plan your next shopping trip and save you some money.