While making a lonely, but profitable walk around the library last week, I came across a book called Greatest Secrets of the Coupon Mom. I was hoping she would give me new ideas to help cut my grocery budget. (Currently, I spend an average of $50 a week for two people. I generally purchase the bulk of items the first week and stock up on sale items and fresh produce the second week.) I learned a few things like the fact that some BOGO deals at grocery stores mean you pay full price for the first item and nothing for the second or half price for each item. I won't go into detail, but there is a difference. I also joined her website (for free) to view weekly sale products. I think she has a detailed list for a number of stores, which is so helpful when there are sales, but at the same time, all those deals weren't directly linked to printable coupons, which are my main source of discounts for my groceries.
The absolute coolest thing I learned was that she buys unperishable products that she won't use for free or nearly-free and gives them to charity and food banks! What a brilliant idea! This is especially helpful for when people feel like they can't afford to donate to those less fortunate than them. For deals and ideas, check out CouponMom.com.
If this giving away food that was actually free to you sounds like a great idea, here's a few links that will put the concept into practice. (Mind you, the Uncle Ben's Sale ends tomorrow night, but the coupons can be used another time.)