Savvy shopping can cut your grocery bill in half

(WXYZ) - How would you like to start saving 50% on your grocery bill?

It seems far-fetched, but one local woman has her savings down to a science. 

Here's Cyndi Johnson's strategy:

Make a list of the top 150 items you uses every month:
            -On Cyndi's list are things like laundry detergent, shampoo, cleaning products, soup, cereal & bathroom products
             -She mostly coupons with products that have a longer shelf life & rarely buys meat or produce on her coupon trips

Cut coupons of only the products that you use:
             -Cyndi only uses about five batches of coupons she's collected from friends, neighbors and co-workers
              -She finds coupons online: printable coupons, coupon alert, my grocery deals

             -Don't be picky on brands, like spaghetti sauce or toothpaste, you'll save more money

            -Some weeks there will only be a couple of coupons worth cutting

Organize coupons by category:
-Cyndi organizers her in a photo binder with handy slots

Once you have your coupon collection ready:
-Look to look at the store ads from the paper & online store ads for sales not printed in the Sunday ads
            -Match your coupons to the items already on sale
            -Pick the store that has the best deals for what you've clipped

Keep in mind:
           - Kroger doubles coupons up to $.50 & has a rewards program
           - Walmart matches prices, but doesn't double coupons
            -Walgreens/CVS/Rite Aid offer rewards than can add up quick

Cyndi aims to save 50-70% on each trip:
-It takes Cyndi about three or four hours a week to plan for two shopping trips a month

On her last trip to Walgreens, Cyndi saved 70% bringing her $140 bill down to just $40. That's worth clipping coupons and comparing prices!

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