I shared this site with some of you a while back when I first heard about it. I have no had a chance to research it a little further, and I wanted to give you my full ananlysis.
- I love how they color-code them (red are the great deals, that you shoudl REALLY stock-up on, and then green, and then blue, etc.). That makes it easy, to see at a glance, which store you might want to research first.
- I love that they’re doing SO much work for you. It takes me about 5-10 minutes/ad to write all my items down look at the ad thoroughly — however, I also check some grocery deal sites to make sure I haven’t missed anything. So, that’s a good 25-50 minutes savings/week for you.
- For those of you just starting out figuring what a great deal is (because just because it’s on sale, we all know it’s not a great deal), this will totally assist you in that. And, as you come further in your knowledge of what certain stores regular sales are you’ll have a better idea for yourself (and perhaps won’t want to use the service).
- They tell you the shelf life, and how much per person you’d want to buy. Heavens knows I’ve bought WAY too many of things before when it was a great deal. BUT, nothing’s a good deal if you end up throwing it away.
- You can get a 2 week free trial to see if it will work for you (you do have to sign-up with your CC info and all that jazz though — just FYI).
- I got a great informative email about price matching at Walmart from her. I am not sure if this is a rare occasion, but it’d be great to get information like that frequently. FYI, she price-matches all of the ads at Walmart (they substitute if they don’t have the exact same thing quoted in the ad), she does take the ads with her, along with the printouts from her site. She said she’s only been asked to show her ads once. I’d love to go shopping with her. 🙂
- They don’t do coupon matches. It’s obviously more than they can do… I guess. But, it’d be nice, if they could hire someone to do that part.
- They don’t make deals for you. A lot of the best deals I’ve gotten is when a store has $$ off your next purchase, and combine that with coupons. They aren’t gonna do this for you (but there are online sites that can help). I would admit this is where the majority of my deal conspiring comes in. It takes a fair amount of effort to figure out what’s on sale and what you need, etc.
- It is a cost. It’s just under 5 dollars for a month. For a little over a dollar a week though, that’s MUCH better than any other grocery site I know of.
- I wish all the stores came-up on one page. I guess it’s not a big deal, but I’d like to think in my head “I am running low on beans” — and just search the PDF file. Obviously, you can pull-up the 2 sheets and do both… I’m just sayin’. 🙂
In the end, it’s not gonna work for my mom. I thought for sure I could convert her to the ways of a deal guru, but she said no (she’s the type that wants what she wants when she wants it and she’s gonna buy it then). However if I moved here (which I am not) I would totally subscribe. At least for a few months until I got into a rhythm of my own. Great site Food Storage Deals! I think it’s a great help to a lot of families out there!