For years, Kris and I have used coupons as one tool to get lower prices when shopping for groceries. Some people are opposed to coupons, but we’ve found that they help us to save money. (Number one tip: don’t use a coupon to buy something you wouldn’t normally purchase.)

In the Get Rich Slowly forums, we’ve been discussing how much the average family spends on food. MITBeta wrote:

Our budget (two adults and a seven-month-old) has been $375 for the last four months or so. Three weeks ago my wife discovered The Grocery Game and it seems like we’re saving a lot of money on groceries this month. I’ll let you all know at the end of the month.

I’d never heard of The Grocery Game before, so I decided to take a look. Here’s how it works:

The Grocery Game is a fun, easy way to save hundreds of dollars on groceries each month. TERI’S LIST reveals the “rock bottom” prices on hundreds of products each week and matches them up with manufacturers’ coupons for the best possible savings at your local supermarket. The Grocery Game has exclusive databases that track manufacturers’ coupons along with weekly sales and specials, both advertised and UN-advertised.

With TERI’S LIST, the days of time consuming work required for effective coupon-ing are over. The Grocery Game does all the hard work and research, presented in a quick reference format on the internet each week, as TERI’S LIST. Members log in, spend a few minutes with a pair of scissors, and they’re off to win The Grocery Game!

Basically, the site is designed to maximize coupon savings through the use of an up-to-date price database. It’s not a free service, though. The Grocery Game costs $10 every eight weeks, but:

  • The four-week trial period costs just $1.
  • It’s probably easy to recoup the cost of the site through in-store savings.

I’m guessing that The Grocery Game works best when used in conjunction with a price book.

Have any of you tried The Grocery Game? What were your experiences? Is it worth the $5/month? Is there a free alternative?

Addendum: In the comments, Jennifer points to an article that she wrote about how The Grocery Game works some places but not in others.

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