Have You Played The Grocery Game?

The Grocery GameHave you heard of The Grocery Game?

No, I’m not talking about a game people play on The Price Is Right.

But I am talking about a way to save a significant amount of money on the items you buy at the grocery store.

Here’s how it works, according to the site:

“The Grocery Game is a fun, easy way to save hundreds of dollars on groceries each month. TERI’S LIST reveals the ‘rock bottom’ prices on hundreds of products each week and matches them up with manufacturers’ coupons for the best possible savings at your local supermarket.

How do you learn the rules to become a coupon money mogul? Your best bet is to learn from a pro. One pro is the coupon queen Teri Gault, founder of the website, The Grocery Game. Teri takes the guess work out of how and when you use your coupon collection. When you become a member, you will have access to up to date sales and specials on the chain retail stores in your area.

Using the guide on the site, you can look at the list of advertised and unadvertised store specials; see what is a good purchase and what is a stock up great price and even what is free. You use your coupons, match to the ads and know what you need to buy where and how much you will save.

Example, if you have coupon for a Betty Crocker cake mix 50 cents off, and the cake mix is on sale for 96 cents, and you shop double coupon day, you actually get the cake mix for free, and save four cents.

The key to winning at this coupon game is simple. Know what is on special before you go into the store. Match your coupons to the specials, go on double or triple coupon day. You use Teri’s web site to customize your local stores so you are not sifting through ads for markets not in your area. The grocery game also has coupons you can print.

To join the grocery game there is a fee after the four week free trial period. The free trial period will give you time to learn how to use the site and coupons. You will learn how to shop for what you need, what you need to stock pile due to high savings, and how to find and gather coupons.

Some benefits of using Teri’s List:

They Do the Research

One of their biggest draws is the research that is put into this site. They know about advertised sales, but it’s the unadvertised ones and the categorical sales trends of supermarkets that makes the site so informative.

They also differentiate between “investing” and “needs” shopping and categorize items into color-coded lists that help you know what items you can get for free, what your best deals are, and what you only should buy if you need it.

You Do the Clipping

Teri doesn’t clip coupons for you, though, and she doesn’t have all of the coupons on the site. You’ll need to do a little leg work of your own by cutting them out of your local newspaper or collect them from your mail.

There is a coupon center that is updated regularly, but you’ll still need to print the coupons out. The site even offers tips on collecting and dating your Sunday newspaper coupons so that you don’t have to spend more than 15-20 minutes cutting out coupons each week. Their system helps you know which ones you’ll need.

The States and Stores Included

You are able to customize your search to specific stores. Teri’s List includes stores in all 50 states and is always expanding. For an idea of what stores the list covers, I checked on my state of Texas.

I could get lists for HEB, Kroger, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Albertsons (for Albertsons: all areas except for the panhandle from Amarillo to Midland/Odessa), CVS, Walmart Supercenters (in select areas), Walgreens, Dollar General, and Family Dollar.

Is the Price Right?

Couponing is a big business and help like Teri’s will cost you. You can begin with a 4-week free trial. After that, a 1 store membership will run $10 every 8 weeks. If you add another store, it will be $15 every 8 weeks, and if you have a 3 store membership, it will be $20 every 8 weeks.

That price doesn’t seem bad when you consider that most participants save 67% each week or $300-400 a month on grocery items, according to their promotional video.

Are you playing the Grocery Game?

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Comments

  1. I have not used this before (not available in Canada), but there are other free resources out there. It is not an expensive service though and worth a free trial.