- Produce: Buy what is in season, and go to the source! Avoid the middle-man grocery store mark up, and buy locally from a farmer's market. They are the best place for getting the biggest bang for your buck. and don't forget... they are open for haggling! Not sure what is a fair price to offer? Visit the USDA
- Meat: Check prices on "Family Packs." The price per pound is often lower when purchasing in bulk. (This is one of the only times I recommend buying bulk packs.) Then, you can divide them up for a couple weeks worth of meals. Plan your meals around the meat on sale and what you already have. When chicken is on sale, BUY it! Also consider buying whole chickens after holidays. Remember, any grocery store with an in-house butcher will cut any piece of meat for you free of charge, so don't be afraid to buy what's on sale!
Be Patient: Part of waiting until an item goes on sale is understanding that prices fluctuate on items usually within an 8 week period. Your goal is to purchase an item when it is at its absolute lowest during that time period. So, when you see a package of cookies at its lowest price, plan on purchasing enough of that product to get you through until the next time it will be at its lowest price (That may only be 1-2 boxes or it may be 12!). Here's an example:
Regularly, you would purchase 1 pack of cookies every week at a price around: $3.50/pack
Plan to give up your Brand loyalties: Another part of couponing is being willing to try alternative products that you can get a much better prices. (There are VERY few items to which I am brand loyal.) Be willing and accepting to try an alternative or something new.
For example, if you purchase Degree deodorant religiously, then there is nothing wrong with paying full price for it if you would like. BUT... what if Lady Speedstick was next to it on the shelf, on sale, and you know you have a $1.00 coupon for it? It comes down to purchasing the Degree at $3.29 or the Lady Speedstick on sale for $1.99 - $1.00 coupon for $0.99. I don't know about you, but I'm going with the $0.99!
I hope this helps. If there are any other specific questions that I didn't answer, don't hesitate to leave a comment below, and I will be more than happy to answer it!