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The Grocery Game Review – Match Coupons to Sales For Maximum Grocery Shopping Savings

By Kira Botkin

Limited Time Offer: Click here and sign up for The Grocery Game using coupon code SAVINGS2012 to get a six-week free trial for new members.

The companies who produce coupons are counting on you to buy things you don’t need by luring you in with a discount. But you can substantially reduce your grocery bill if you step up your extreme couponing skills, and learn how to match coupons to sales on items that you use most often. But since this can take up a lot of your valuable time, is it worth all the effort?

This is where a great service called The Grocery Game comes into handy. Let’s check it out:

How it Works

The Grocery Game is a website that gets price lists from major grocery chains such as Kroger, Meijer, Giant Eagle, Target, Walmart, and Whole Foods. It then matches those items to coupons in the Sunday newspaper circulars and tells you how much of a discount you can get. The Grocery Game will notify of you of great sales that can be matched up with coupons, as well as significant discount items that may not have accompanying coupons.┬áThe pre-sale price is compared with the price after the sale and coupon to show you how much of a discount you’re getting.

Items are also color-coded to signify how good of a deal it is: green means free, blue means the best deal you’ll see anytime soon, and white means buy it if you need it, but there might be a lower price later. You pick which items you want to buy, and then pull out the coupons from the recommended source. Each item lists which coupon you need, whether there are any online or printable coupons, how many you have to buy to get the discount, if there are any multi-item discounts, and what your final price and percentage savings will be. You can then print off your list and go shopping! All of these features make The Grocery Game one of the best online coupon sites.

Can You Really Get Good Deals?
Yes! Becoming a super couponer – matching coupons to sales and hitting multiple stores – can save you serious cash, but can also eat up a fair amount of time. Using the Grocery Game is much faster than doing it yourself. You also will end up with brands you might not have considered before because of the costs involved, but if you have the right coupons matched with a great sale, you can get items heavily discounted or even for free!

How Much Money Can You Save?
How much you save depends on what you want to eat, and how much you’re willing to shop around. For the best savings, you need to be flexible about the brands you will buy and what you’re willing to have for dinner. You can subscribe to up to eight stores on The Grocery Game, but most people don’t have the time or inclination to shop multiple stores. I find that I do pretty well shopping at my regular grocery store and one additional nearby chain.

How Much Does It Cost?
Right now, you can try out the Grocery Game for four weeks for free. After the free trial, you’re charged $10 every eight weeks for the first store subscription and $5 for each additional subscription. For example, I have subscriptions for three grocery chains, so I pay $20 every eight weeks. If I’m diligent, that $130 per year pays for itself in a matter of weeks. You can also refer friends and get extra weeks for free. It’s easy to drop or add subscriptions if you decide you want to shop somewhere else.

How Do I Get Started?
Many of the coupons in your local paper’s Sunday circulars are good for months, so a lot of the deals on the Grocery Game are for coupons that were in the paper quite some time ago. I would recommend getting started by going through your Sunday paper as soon as possible and begin stocking up on discount store coupons. The Grocery Game organizes coupons by circular and date, so that’s the best way to organize them yourself.

I’ve got a stack of labeled envelopes where I’ve put my clipped coupons and it’s been fairly easy to locate the coupons I need. For example, the SmartSource circular from 11/21 is labeled “11/21 SS” since that is how the Grocery Game will tell you how to find the coupon. If you know you have a coupon somewhere for an item you need, use the Grocery Game’s Coupon Tracker program to search for it. This is a great tool if you’re just getting started and usually make lists to grocery shop. The Grocery Game list also allows several custom filters, including restricting the deals shown to the date when you started saving coupons. So be sure to note the date of the first Sunday circular you clip from to avoid being inundated with deals using coupons you don’t have.

If you’re new, you may also want to supplement your coupon stash by purchasing them from the Coupon Clippers, a great site that allows you to buy coupons at a significant discount to their face value. This is a great way to get coupons for items you’d buy whether they were on sale or not. It’s also a great way to get a hold of that coupon you may not have clipped. In fact, you could even use these two services in conjunction with each other to get the best deals and the most convenience.

Are you ready to save some money? Grab your Sunday paper and start playing The Grocery Game!

If any of you have any experience with the Grocery Game, I’d love to hear your feedback on the service!

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Kira Botkin
Kira is a longtime blogger and serial entrepreneur who enjoys gardening, garage sales, and finding stray animals. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, where football is a distinct season, and by day runs a research study for people with multiple sclerosis. She hopes that the MoneyCrashers team can help you achieve your goals and live a great life.

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  • Ruth Crawford

    Yes, I loved your article. It was so well written. I have used the GG for close to a year. Since January, I have saved over $3,000 on my regular store purchases, more than the wonderful vacation we took, flying, to San Antonio, hotel and rental car for a week. I will continue to shop with the GG, and can walk into my pantry can cook just about anything I want to, for any meal or any treat. Thanks for asking. Ruth

    • licoricecat

      I eat mainly fresh produce of fruits and vegetables and do not use processed items. Could couponing be good for me too? I hardly see any coupons in the produce section. I could use them on toiletries though. Please respond. It does take a lot of time looking for the item and cutting them out. Do men get into this also? Why or why not?

      • Kira Botkin

        There are not really any coupons on produce. I mostly use them on toiletries and cereal these days. If it takes a lot of time, you are doing it wrong.

  • Tanya

    I have been using GG for a while now and I always save big at the grocery store. One of my best savings was over $300 worth of groceries for $124. I love it.

  • http://savingsangel.com Stan Brown

    If you like the GG, you’ll LOVE SavingsAngel.com

  • http://www.thepennyhoarder.com The Penny Hoarder

    I’m a huge fan of couponing and the myth is that couponing takes too much time. In truth, I only spend one hour a week organizing and hunting for coupons. On average I save $150 on my grocery bill so it is definitely worth the one hour.

  • Kerry

    I am new to couponing and I am trying out Savings Angel. Do you think Grocery Game is a better site?

    • Kira Botkin

      Grocery Game is easier to use, but Savings Angel is cheaper and has more stores. I wrote another review of Savings Angel here: http://www.moneycrashers.com/savings-angel-review-save-money-groceries/

  • Guest

    There website was down every time I needed it. When I went to cancel my trial membership, I was repeatedly redirected to a page with Ralph’s advertisements on it. I tried for 4 days straight to cancel my membership, and, guess what, by the time the website allowed me to cancel, I was already charged for 2 more months.
    I wrote customer service twice and haven’t heard back in days.
    That’s fraud.

  • Stitchesofdallas

    I signed up for the grocery game a very long time ago and did nothing with it -lived in a very rural area – very few stores – so I cancelled the subscription – I signed up for it again when I moved to a larger metro plex – but I found that I still didn’t use the service – I found that I could get the same information on my own through various emails that I used – I did get a cancellation email – but today I am looking at my bank account and there is a POS debit – THIS IS UNAUTHORIZED – I haven’t been a member in a VERY LONG TIME – these people are apparently saving credit card information and using it at later dates – I can’t sign in because I don’t have login information – my account is not active – AND THERE WAS NO EMAIL – BE CAREFUl – yeah you can get alot of information from this site – BUT – it really isn’t anything that you can’t put together yourself and you don’t need the grocery game – especially when they want to charge you so much money per store

    [email protected]

    I hope that someone is reading this – I want that charge taken off my bank account

  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.singh.5268 Laura Singh

    Good morning, I wrote to the grocery game customer service 3 times with no response. I signed up for its’ trial membership, canceled before it was over and then found a $50 charge on my card. I logged in and saw that every store in the area checked. Now I go to BJs and that is not even on there. Why would I want to be paying for stores I have never actually been inside since I moved here? So there seems to be an obvious computer error but no one will contact me about this issue. Is it a scam? You just trying to get the most money out of me that you can?

  • NName591

    It’s chaotic to use, asks too much money for the service, and is way too complicated (and I used to be an IT business consultant). There are so many ads on the page, it’s horrible. They do not have a customer service phone number, and when you ask need something, you have to use an email form. Customer service tries to stall especially when you ask them to close your account. They do not have an ability to delete your account either. This is VERY UNSAFE. They just want your info for marketing purposes – DO NOT SIGN UP!! I’ve had to write the BBB in Santa Clara (their customer service location) to file a complaint…

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