Thursday, May 15, 2008

What other irritating errands can we make into a game?

Until a few weeks ago, I had never clipped a grocery coupon. But desperate times called for desperate measures, and I decided that I could maintain my shoe habit only if I managed to save money elsewhere.

I found a site called The Grocery Game. Hmm. Groceries? Games? Sounded interesting, so I signed up for their trial membership. And OH MY GOD I am hooked. It's shopping with coupons for people who hate shopping with coupons.

The Grocery Game folks track your local grocery store sale trends (which occur in 12-week cycles), matching them with the coupons in the Sunday paper. It's like a "Buy/Sell" rating for groceries; each week The Grocery Game tells you which sale items to combine with which coupons to get the best price.

I was pretty excited for someone else to do the comparison shopping for me. And then I realized I completely overlooked all of the possible ORGANIZATION! And PLANNING! And LISTS! Lordy I do love a good list.

Several weeks later, I am not only a Grocery Game devotee, but I am also THAT WOMAN. The one who marches up to Customer Service because my $0.50 coupon didn't ring up. The one who argues with the cashier about exactly what type of stewed tomatoes the coupon specifies. The one who scoops up discarded coupons from the aisle floor. It's a long way from having everything delivered (although there are still crowded Saturdays at the grocery store when I'm sure my cost-benefit analysis was accurate).

It's becoming frighteningly clear to me that my shoe obsession is slowly being replaced with a saving money obsession. Eh, it could be worse.

1 comment:

Dana said...

Thank you again for introducing me to the Grocery Game. I'm hooked, too!