Krazy Coupon Lady shares Thanksgiving savings secrets

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Krazy Coupon Lady shares Thanksgiving savings secrets

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by Scott Evans

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Posted on November 21, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 9:19 PM

BOISE – The founders of Thanksgiving meant the massive meal to be a huge feast -- a celebration of the harvest for both pilgrims and their Native American allies.

But, just because it's a big meal, doesn't mean it has to come with a big bill. To create a feast of epic proportions you have to plan. As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

That's where The Krazy Coupon Lady comes in.

"Our passion, our goal and our hope is to enable smart people to live like rich people," said Kinsey Lindgren, Director of Operations at The Krazy Coupon Lady. "So that's what we do. That's why we're working so hard."

For years, they've run a website that turns everyday shoppers into savvy shoppers. They do this by teaching people little tips and tricks about how to get good deals.

"Since we've opened four years ago we've had 46 million people visit the site, mind boggling. Of that, about 1 million have come from the Boise area," said Lindgren.

According to The Krazy Coupon Lady, the first thing to do is make a list. When you shop, use that list, then compare the stores prices to other stores then price match. Keep in mind that each store has different policies.

Krazy Coupon Lady tells all

"Price matching is the easiest way to save,” Lindgren says. “We say price match and use coupons, but if you just price match by yourself, it's a great way to start.”

But it's not for nothing - Lindgren says shoppers who follow their method of finding sales, and applying coupons can save upwards of $6,000 a year.

"We like to tell people that if you can spend 20 minutes a week couponing, you can save 50 percent on your grocery bill. Twenty minutes a week, it's doable," said Lindgren.

Here’s how she came up with that $6,000. The average American spends between $700 and $1,000 a month grocery shopping. On the high end, that’s $12,000 a year on food at the grocery store. If you can use their tips and save 50 percent, that’s where you get the savings of $6,000.

So let's take what The Krazy Coupon Lady says and apply it to shopping to Thanksgiving dinner.

KTVB and The Krazy Coupon Lady put together a shopping list of a typical meal for a family of four.

Shopping List for family of four

  • Turkey (Frozen/Fresh)
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Rolls
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Stuffing
  • Onion
  • Green beans
  • Butter
  • Peas
  • Milk
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Apple pie
  • Whipped topping

"When you're in the store, you're trying to find the best deals, location wise, where are we looking?" asked KTVB. "One marketing ploy [grocery stores use is] higher priced items will be eye level,” said Lindgren. “You want to look for sale items down low or up higher. Avoid looking straight in the middle because they'll be more expensive."

Your list might vary from ours, but it should give you a good idea how much the meal will be at some of the major grocers in the area.

We looked at four chains: Albertsons, Fred Meyer, Walmart and WinCo.

"Stores are very competitive when it comes to trying to get people in and getting them to spend," said Lindgren.

This Thanksgiving grocers are price matching and dropping prices to entice you, the shopper, to come to their store.

The least expensive meal The Krazy Coupon Lady was able to find… Albertsons.

Here’s a look at the total cost at each of the stores:

  • Albertsons - $29.16
  • Fred Meyer - $33.24
  • Walmart - $35.90
  • WinCo - $31.60

You can see they’re all within $7 of each other. But those numbers could change, and probably will because of how aggressive stores are with their prices.

"It takes a little more work up front as you're learning it, and then it becomes second nature. And why not put forth a little bit of effort to save 50 percent on your grocery bill.? It's worth it," said Lindgren.

Best day to shop

"The best day to shop is on a Wednesday,” Lindgren says. “Eighty percent of super markets start their sales on a Wednesday. So Wednesday, first thing in the morning is the best day to shop."

Keep in mind sales cycle so when you see a good deal, The Krazy Coupon Lady says stock up. Buy three items instead of one. Give yourself a three month supply. But BUY IN MODERATION.

The Krazy Coupon Lady has access to most sales before they go public, so you can usually find the sales the day before the stores publish them. You can use that when you make your shopping list.

More tips straight from The Krazy Coupon Lady

Apps are revolutionizing the coupon industry and making coupons easier than ever to redeem, not to mention, upping the average coupon lady's 'cool-factor'. Exciting new coupon apps like Cartwheel, Ibotta, SavingStar and Amazon will have you saving money just by showing your phone to the cashier at checkout.

Stacking coupons is still the number one way to save significantly on your grocery bill each week. Never use one little coupon on a full-price product. Stack your savings by combining store and manufacturer coupons, with sales and promotions until you're paying pennies on the dollar for name brand, healthy foods. How do you know how to stack? The Krazy Coupon Lady matches coupons with sales and allows you to create your shopping list, all in one spot.

Price matching is the easiest way to start saving money. Though we recommend price matching and using coupons, this strategy alone saves money and time. Not only will big box stores like Target and Walmart match local pricing, within the last year, Target announced that they will price match online prices as well.

Don't be fooled by age-old marketing ploys. Did you know that in a 10 for $10 sale, you don't have to buy ten items to get the $1 per unit price? And before you put that bag of chips from an end cap into your cart, you'd better check the price. Most of the time, items on end caps are not actually on sale at all.

Print coupons from home for the easiest savings. More brands than ever are releasing printable coupons online, particularly through social media. Follow your favorite brands on Facebook for exclusive coupons. Other great printable sites include coupons.com, MamboSprouts (organic only), AllYou, and of course, The Krazy Coupon Lady, where we aggregate all the coupons and put them in one place!

Listen to the different recommendations for shopping in each store:

(To see this video clip on the app, go to the video tab. It's after the news story.)

Breakdown of prices for The Krazy Coupon Lady's shopping trip

 

The rule of thumb for turkeys is to do one pound per person, so we went with a 10 pound turkey. That’s about as small as they come, yet would be enough for leftovers for four people.

Albertsons

Turkey - Frozen:
White Honeysuckle turkey,10-20 lb, $0.59/lbs
Buy 1 10 lb frozen turkey
Final price: $5.90

Turkey - Fresh:
Fresh turkey -  $1.69/lb
Buy 1 10 lb  fresh turkey
Final price: $16.90

Potatoes:
Russet potatoes,10 lb bag $0.99
If split with another family (each getting 5 lb)--> $0.50

Sweet Potatoes:
Sweet potatoes $0.99/lb
Buy 3 ¾ lb
Final price: $3.71

Rolls:
Rhodes Dozen Warm-N-Serv Rolls $3.99
Use $0.40/1 Rhodes Bread or Rolls Package from RP 11/10 (exp 1/5/14)
$0.40/1 Rhodes Warm-N-Serv Rolls from RP 11/10 (exp 1/5/14)
Final price: $3.59

Cranberry Sauce:
Fresh Ocean Spray Cranberries, 12 oz $2.00
Use $1.00/1 – Ocean Spray Fresh Cranberries, 12 oz – (facebook.com)
Final price: $1.00

Stuffing:
Stove Top Stuffing, 5-6 oz $1.25

Onion:
Sweet Yellow Onions $0.99/lb
One onion = $0.40

Green beans: 
Fresh Green Line Green Beans, 12 oz $1.50
 
Butter (4 sticks) & Peas:  
Buy 1 Essential Everyday Butter, 1 lb $1.67
Buy 1 Peas Essential Everyday Frozen Peas, 12-16oz $0.79
Use $1.00/2 Essential Everyday Product, Do not double from RP 11/17 (exp 12/14) One Everyday Essential item is the butter, the other is the frozen peas below
Final price: $1.17 for butter, $0.29 for peas

Milk
(average price in Boise is about $2.35)

Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, Whipped Topping:
Buy 2 Marie Callender’s Frozen Pies, 28-46 oz, Receive Free Reddi-Wip, 6.5 oz
Buy 1 Marie Callender’s Pumpkin Pie $4.50
Buy 1 Marie Callender’s Dutch or Lattice Apple Pie $4.50
Use two $0.75/1 Marie Callender’s Dessert Pie, 26 oz or larger from SS 11/10 (exp 12/22)
Final price: $3.75 each, when you buy 2, plus free Reddi-Wip

Total with frozen turkey = $29.16
Total with fresh turkey= $39.66

Fred Meyer

Turkey - frozen 
Kroger or Private Selection Turkey, Free, when you spend $100
Kroger or Private Selection Turkey, $0.49 lb, when you spend $50
Kroger or Private Selection Turkey, $0.69 lb, when you spend $25
With In-Ad Coupon, Limit 1
KCLs don’t usually spend $150 per shopping trip. If we’re going for a ⅔ full shopping cart with coupons, we’d run about $35-$75, so the $0.69/lb range is most likely
Buy 1 Kroger or Private Selection Turkey, 10 lb $0.69, with $25 purchase
Final price: $6.90

*Turkey - thawed:
No price for fresh, best guess for next week’s price is $1.49/lb for fresh, so around $14.90
 
Potatoes:
Baker potatoes 38¢/lb 
Buy 5 lbs Baker Potatoes
Final Price: $1.90
or
*Bagged, average Boise price perhaps $1.35

Sweet Potatoes:
*Sweet potatoes would be about $0.98/lb = $3.70

Rolls:
Rhodes Rolls, 19-48 oz $3.50
Use $0.40/1 Rhodes Bread or Rolls Package from RP 11/10 (exp 1/5/14)
Or $0.40/1 Rhodes Warm-N-Serv Rolls from RP 11/10 (exp 1/5/14)
Final price: $3.10

Cranberry Sauce: 
Fresh cranberries, 12 oz $2.00
Use $1.00/1 – Ocean Spray fresh cranberries, 12 oz – (facebook.com)
Final price: $1.00

Stuffing :
Stove Top Stuffing, 5-6 oz 1.25

Butter (4 sticks): 
Fred Meyer Butter, 1 lb 1.79
With in-ad coupon

Onion:
*For yellow single medium size onion, about $0.50

Green beans:
*For fresh loose about $1.39/lb
Buy 12 ounces
Final price: $1.05
or
*Fresh Bagged, 12 oz about $2.00

Peas:
Frozen Flav-R-Pac Vegetables, 16 oz $1.67
Use $0.35/1 – Westpac Flav-R-Pac Product – (smartsource.com)
Final price: $1.32

Milk:
*(average price in Boise $2.35)

Whipped Topping:
*Reddi-Wip, 6.5 oz about $1.98
Use $0.25/1 Reddi-Wip from SS 11/10 (exp 12/22)
Final price: $1.73
or
*Fred Meyer brand, 6.5 oz $1.50

Pie:
Buy 1 Marie Callender’s Pumpkin Pie $3.99
Buy 1 Marie Callender’s Dutch or Lattice Apple Pie $3.99
With in-ad coupon, Limit 2
Use two $0.75/1 Marie Callender’s Dessert Pie, 26 oz or larger from SS 11/10 (exp 12/22)
Final Price: $3.24 each, when you buy 2


Total with Frozen turkey, Fred Meyer brand aerosol whipping cream, bagged fresh green beans and bagged 5 lb potatoes= $33.24

Walmart:

Turkey - frozen:
Butterball Turkey, 10 lb $0.98 per pound $9.80

*Turkey - thawed:
Jennie-O $1.65/lb $16.50
 
Potatoes:
5 lb bag, $3.97

Sweet Potatoes:
$0.74/lb $2.79

Rolls:
Rhodes Rolls, 19-48 oz $2.98
Use $0.40/1 Rhodes Bread or Rolls Package from RP 11/10 (exp 1/5/14)
Or $0.40/1 Rhodes Warm-N-Serv Rolls from RP 11/10 (exp 1/5/14)
Final price: $2.58

Cranberry Sauce: 
Fresh Cranberries, 12 oz $1.98
Use $1.00/1 – Ocean Spray Fresh Cranberries, 12 oz – (facebook.com)
Final price: $0.98

Stuffing:
Stove Top Stuffing, 5-6 oz 1.25

Butter (4 sticks): 
Darigold, $1.68

Onion:
*For yellow single medium size onion, about $0.62

Green Beans:
*For Fresh Loose about $1.38/lb
Buy 12 ounces
Final price: $1.05

Peas:
Frozen Flav-R-Pac Vegetables, 16 oz $2.38
Use $0.35/1 – Westpac Flav-R-Pac Product – (smartsource.com)
Final price: $2.03

Milk:
$1.96/gallon

Whipped Topping:
*Reddi-Wip, 6.5 oz $3.48
Use $0.25/1 Reddi-Wip from SS 11/10 (exp 12/22)
Final Price: $3.23

Pie:
Sara Lee Sweet Goods Product, Apple Pie $2.98
Sara Lee Sweet Goods Product, Pumpkin Pie $2.98
$1.00/1 Sara Lee Sweet Goods Product, Limit one coupon per person per transaction, Do not double from RP 11/3 (exp 12/29)
Final price: $1.98 each

Total with frozen turkey = $35.90

WinCo:

Turkey - frozen 10 lb $0.68 per pound
Final price: $6.80

The price drops to $0.58 with a $25.00 purchase. Other discounts are available.

Turkey - thawed:
Honey Suckle $1.41/lb
Final price: $14.10
 
Potatoes:
5 lb bag, $1.38

Sweet Potatoes:
$0.73/lb $2.79

Rolls:
Rhodes Rolls, 19-48 oz $2.98
Use $0.40/1 Rhodes Bread or Rolls Package from RP 11/10 (exp 1/5/14)
Or $0.40/1 Rhodes Warm-N-Serv Rolls from RP 11/10 (exp 1/5/14)
Final price: $2.58

Cranberry Sauce: 
Fresh Cranberries, 12 oz $2.48

Stuffing:
Stove Top Stuffing, 5-6 oz 1.25

Butter (4 sticks):
Darigold, $1.78

Onion:
*For yellow single medium size onion, about $0.49

Green Beans:
Green Giant, 12 oz
Final price: $2.78

Peas:
Frozen Flav-R-Pac Vegetables, 16 oz $1.88
Use $0.35/1 – Westpac Flav-R-Pac Product – (smartsource.com)
Final price: $1.53

Milk:
$2.07/gallon

Whipped Topping
*Reddi-Wip, 6.5 oz $1.98
Use $0.25/1 Reddi-Wip from SS 11/10 (exp 12/22)
Final price: $1.73

Pie:
Sara Lee Sweet Goods Product, Apple Pie $2.97
Sara Lee Sweet Goods Product, Pumpkin Pie $2.97
$1.00/1 Sara Lee Sweet Goods Product, Limit one coupon per person per transaction, Do not double from RP 11/3 (exp 12/29)
Final price: $1.97 each

Total with Frozen turkey = $31.60

To see more tips from The Krazy Coupon Lady, click here.

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