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Free Groceries (or, A Step in the Right Direction)

I spend huge amounts of money at the grocery store. Whether I am purchasing fresh foods to prepare meals for my wife-to-be, or just stocking up on study food, a large portion of my monthly budget is dedicated to grocery shopping.

With that said, I think it is important to be as frugal as possible at the grocery store. Anyone who shops regularly can see that most prices are rising ($5.79 for a gallon of milk at Wegman’s today) and not likely to come down anytime soon. This is an even bigger problem if you are trying to lose weight and eat healthy, as low-fat and fresh foods are always more expensive than their junk food and frozen alternatives. However, I recently stumbled upon a great tool (thanks to BeingFrugal) that has already provided me with huge savings on my grocery bills, The Grocery Game.

How Can I Save 50% On My Grocery Bill

The premise of The Grocery Game is simple. Simply enter your zip code and the website will list grocery/drug stores in your areas that participate in the game. Then you must retrieve the store’s advertisement and manufacturer’s coupons from your newspaper each week. From there The Grocery Game can be neatly tailored to fit your personal shopping needs. The premise behind the game is that stores run specials or sales on a 12-week cycle, and that if you have someone cataloging all of the coupons for the past three months and providing you with that information, you can retrieve the coupons and save a bundle.

How Does It Work?

After you have signed up for your four-week free trial, you simply start reviewing the online list of sales and bargains from each store of your choosing, and then clip your coupons and start saving! You will start to save instantly, but you really will not see your savings reach its peak for about three months. The Grocery Game combines manufacturer’s coupons with store sales and other store rebates to provide you with a final cost for items on each store’s sale list which you can review, edit and print out to bring with you shopping.

Is It Worth It?

That depends on how much you expect to spend and save. If you don’t spend much on groceries, then you’re probably better served investing your time elsewhere. However, if you find yourself spending a lot of money on fresh food, personal care and other items, The Grocery Game might be right for you. Also, The Grocery Game will teach you how to stock up on items when the sale prices are really low, so that you won’t have to purchase the items when the price goes up again.

If you want to give The Grocery Game a try, make sure to use my e-mail address when you are asked who referred you ( and don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the comments.