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How to Get Groceries for Free

Updated on January 25, 2011

I should preface this by letting you know that this is not a quick and easy scheme to get free groceries. You will still need to buy your staple groceries for awhile, while you build up your collection of “free” groceries. A frugal lady named Kathy Spencer prompted my experiment with this novel shopping plan. I watched a clip of her on TV, as she explained how she pays nearly nothing for a cartful of groceries. She has similar success at pricey drugstores. Again, note that this is not a quick process, and you should not attempt this if you are in a situation of poverty or if your cupboard is totally bare. Now that we have that out of the way, here is how this works.


First, you should scour the weekly ads from your newspaper and sales papers. Find items that are on sale and combine them with coupons that will reduce the cost to nothing or nearly nothing.Use as many coupons on one item as possible. Buy as many items as your coupons allow.

Pay attention to in-store deals that may not be listed in your sales papers, and take advantage of them. Save up in-store credits you receive. Frequent grocery stores that double coupon values.

Purchase the Sunday newspaper for a large selection of useful coupons. Swap coupons with your family and friends, and ask them for sales papers they plan to throw away. Specific coupons can be purchased on eBay and specialty sites. Write to manufacturers or check their websites, and request coupons.

Over time you can build up a stockpile of groceries, and you will find yourself spending cents instead of dollars on your weekly groceries. This takes devotion and time that many do not have, but the reward is very sweet if you do.


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    • ndnfoodie530 profile image

      ndnfoodie530 6 years ago from Nothern California

      Good idea!

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      jwood00 6 years ago from the other side of morning

      @mailxpress Thanks for reading! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Michelle Cesare 6 years ago from New York

      Thank you for sharing the video. That was amazing. The video got me motivated.

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      jwood00 6 years ago from the other side of morning

      Thanks for reading and commenting. :-)

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      David78 6 years ago from Mill Creek, WA

      Wow amazing! Definitely a lot of patience to get it done. Time to pay more attention to those coupons.

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      jwood00 6 years ago from the other side of morning

      That's true, Supersaver1. Thank you for the comment.

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      Supersaver1 6 years ago

      Many people donate food they get for free to local charities if they are picky eaters or already have too much of the item in stock.

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      jwood00 6 years ago from the other side of morning

      Yes, this will definitely work for most everyone. It's possible to purchase fresh seafood, produce, and even expensive organic items in this way. Those who live in small towns may encounter limitations since there will be fewer options for stores and consequently less desire from stores to offer incentives.

      Thank you for the comment.

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      Warren Keith Hayes 6 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

      Great article...I am curious about one thing...when using these methods, will the buyer get stuck having to use products they normally don't care for. In other words, would this work for picky eaters?