Frugal Living Experts Say Coupons Can Help Offset Food Price Inflation Caused by Midwest Drought

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U.S. Consumers are about to be hit by higher food prices as a devastating drought spreads across the Midwest. Heather Wheeler and Joanie Demer, founders of, say Americans should turn to coupons to help cover increasing food prices.

Corn and soybean crops are withering in the field, which means above-average food inflation. The picture looks grim. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the price of beef, chicken, pork, peanut butter and dairy products — all household staples — are rising. Steak is expected to fetch an additional 25 cents a pound this year. The average price for a gallon of whole milk is expected to increase by nearly 10 cents. Even cooking oil will likely increase by 4 or 5 percent.

US economists say consumers are certainly going to feel the increases at the grocery store and in their wallets.

In the face of these rising food prices, coupons can add up to serious savings for struggling households. As food prices rise, coupons will help offset the cost and save even more money.

Joane Demer and Heather Wheeler, founders, know first-hand the pressure of financial strain. Because of this, they have created a fail-proof method to save at least $200 per month on a typical grocery bill with a mere 30-minute investment in couponing each week. That’s like making $100 an hour. Who wouldn’t take advantage of savings like that?

Strategies include:

  • Get two copies of the Sunday paper. Buy subscriptions, ask friends and family, or visit recycling centers.
  • Pick only one store to follow. Learn their coupon policy. Familiarize yourself with their layout. Become proficient at that store before adding more retailers to your list.
  • Quickly organize coupon inserts by date. Don’t spend hours clipping each and every coupon. Simply store inserts in a file box.
  • Go to every Saturday and find the best deals at your store and get printable coupons.
  • Create your shopping list according to what is on sale.
  • Buy two of the sale item instead of just one to slowly start your stockpile.
  • Give up brand loyalty. This approach is difficult, but worth it for an extra $200 a month.
  • Remember that sales are cyclical. There is bound to be another great deal in a few months. No need to rush to the store and clear shelves for every deal.

In the beginning the savings will be slow. But within 3 three months, grocery bills begin to drop. As couponers become more proficient, they add a few stores to their routine. Soon that 30% savings of $200 will double to a 60 percent savings of $400. Wheeler and Demer know, because they’ve done it and taught millions how to do the same.

Couponing is realistic for all families, not just those “extreme” types featured on television shows who spend hours each day clipping papers and visiting stores. Saving 30 percent on a monthly grocery bill is realistic and achievable. Simple, balanced couponing really can put $200 per month back in every American family’s pocket!

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