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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Couponing for One (or Two)

on 1.19.2018 at 3:53pm

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There are a range of excuses that people give as to why they don’t coupon, or try to save on groceries in general.  One of the more common ones I hear is that “it’s just me” or “now that’s it’s just the two of us”.   Really this is the weakest excuse of all of them though, you don’t stop eating just because your kids move away, and hopefully even though you live alone you still use toilet paper…  you see where I’m going here.

When folks think of couponers they tend to think of the garage that you can no longer park in because bottles of salad dressing have taken over.  While a couponer may have purchased them… that isn’t couponing it’s hoarding (and the topic of an entirely different blog post).  I want you to realize that saving money doesn’t mean that you need 42 bottles of anything.

There are key ways that you can save even with a household of one or two.

Step 1: Follow the Sale Cycle

Remember that everything goes on sale in the grocery store every 6 weeks.  This is like clockwork, I promise.  That means if I want to shop based on sales I need to get enough for my household to last six weeks when it’s on sale.  For someone who lives alone, you still probably eat more than one box of cereal in a 6 week time.  So get what you need, even if it’s only two.

Step 2: Gather A Few Coupons

There is no need to go crazy here for any household, but if there is just 1 or 2 that you are shopping for then grab one Sunday paper and be prepared to print any other coupons you need.  I would say you could even skip the Sunday paper, but there are some offers that we never see as printables…  The less effort you put in on gathering and organizing coupons the less overwhelming this will feel.

Step 3: Shop and Take Breaks

There are some deals in the drugstores especially that might make you feel like you bought a year supply of laundry detergent.  I encourage you to not push those deals aside but grab items you will use and then be okay with taking long breaks from those deals.  Even now with 5 kids I tend to shop the drugstores in spurts.  Grabbing deals for a few weeks then taking a month off.  It’s a lot less stressful, but I’m also making sure we get the best prices on items.

Step 4: Donate

If there are things you see that are super cheap or free I encourage you to still grab them whether you need them or not.  Put a box in your pantry, and if the items aren’t things you’ll need then put them straight in the box when you get home.  When the box is full… donate it!  You have the potential to save a ton for you, but also to share so much more!

With a family of 7 we spend between $50-$70 per week on everything we buy (food, household, baby and personal care).  I can’t set a budget for you, but I could easily see this being in the $25-$30 range for one person.

What do you think?  Can you do it?

    • mommalana

      I don’t coupon anymore since I primarily shop at Aldi and spend around $175 a month for two of us. It is wonderful not to have to bother with them anymore. With Aldi’s new food policies of eliminating so many ingredients and pesticides from their foods I feel good about shopping there, too. I do occasionally shop at other stores but it is mostly for meat sales which do not have coupons either.

      • Jenny

        Thx for this article about shopping for one or two! Great tips.

        It’s good to hear the Aldi comments. Sounds like it might be worth the drive across town.

    • towana cox

      they are 2 of us ,, i do great on 50.00 a week for every thing never out of any thing either plus i help my family and donate too on this only way for me to shop now thanks jenny

    • Jennifer H.

      I am also shopping for 2 and spend about $40 per week for food, household supplies and toiletries. It is a bit challenging as my husband has blood sugar issues, so I don’t/can’t buy most of the cheap carb items – pasta, rice, etc.

    • shj1922

      I coupon for two and do use Aldi often for their great produce deals but you can’t beat the Rite Aid and other drug store deals on tissue paper towels HBA etc! I eat healthy but still low- cost thanks to careful couponing!

    • nancycrom

      Now that my kids are grown, it’s just me for most of the year, but my eating machine comes home during college breaks and i still have to stock up the extra garage freezer for him. (he can eat a whole pizza at one time!) I used to buy for 4, but i find buying for 2 isn’t that different, i just don’t buy quite as many of each item anymore, and even less for perishables. I can’t imagine not couponing anymore, it’s just too much fun getting stuff for super cheap and free!

    • T2Nashville

      This single chick has never been happier couponing! It’s made a huge difference in my budget, saving at least 50% every time I grocery shop. Because I stock up, there are weeks I don’t even have to go – I eat from my pantry and freezer, which is an adventure in itself. There is just no reason not to save what money you can!