Part of the problem I've run into is that some of the places we frequent do not have traditional “sales” or discount their goods very often.
We have gone almost entirely organic for groceries. If anything, purchasing organic foods has helped us focus more on our diets while improving our health (I've personally lost 40lbs over the past year + have gotten rid of other ails in the process).
Needless to say, organic foods are more expensive. We shop at our local food co-ops as well as Whole Foods. We've discovered there aren't a lot of coupons out there for these foods. Sure manufacturers offer a few savings here and there but you have to really be on the lookout (and I'm not a crazy coupon-clipper). Whole Foods also holds various sales and a few coupons – but their discounts have never compared to the popular grocery chain here in the Twin Cities.
Other places I frequent are Chipotle and Qdoba. I love to grab a burrito bowl at least once a week as a “treat”. Qdoba has their Rewards card you can take advantage of (after 10 purchases, you can get a free entree). Chipotle does a fair amount of giveaways here and there – but never discounts their meals or offer BOGO deals (and they probably don't need to from seeing the lines at my nearby store).
We also need to purchase prescriptions now and again and often pick those up at Walgreens. Again, you won't find many coupons out there for drugs – so any discounts are appreciated!
How to save more on routine expenses
I regularly get email updates from a website called GiftCardGranny.com. It's a website that “aggregates” a bunch of discounted gift card resellers in one place. I set up alerts to be sent via email whenever one of our stores has a discounted card for sale.
Lately, the deals seem to be getting a bit better – so I decided to grab some deals!
The first cards I picked up were Chipotle and Whole Foods gift cards from Raise.com (a popular discount card seller). Then I saw a 8% off deal on a Qdoba card at JunkCard.com and a Walgreens card for almost 13% off at GiftCardZen.com.
Here's how the savings broke out:
Almost $30 in savings! That's not too bad! Plus you can purchase many of these gift cards using a cash back rewards card that you may have for even more savings.
The trick is to be sure the cards don't expire and the gift card reseller offers free shipping (most do).
Have you ever tried this and how much have you been able to save?
Discount is for new customers only.