How To Make Your Own Frugal Friday Flyer
Since February 2016, Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs has been compiling a weekly Frugal Friday Flyer for the region we live in. This is simply a gathering of all of the best deals from each grocery store for the week. It is then listed on a couple of pages and uploaded to a variety of Facebook pages in both PDF and photo format for people to access.
But what if you don’t live in our region? What if the stores we have listed aren’t the ones in your area? You go to other stores such as Costco.
Well, long before we started making Frugal Friday Flyers for our community we were making our own personalized one. In fact, after making the community list, I still condense it down further and make my own shopping list.
Learning how to make your own Frugal Friday Flyer makes sense. Not only will it EMPOWER you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE, but you can personalize it for your specific family needs.
It isn’t complicated, however, you will need some paper, a pen, and the grocery flyers. Now you might be interested to know that you can also access the grocery flyers on line. Some grocery flyers you can access the information as early as Wednesday, and the rest on Thursday.
I grab the information for our community Frugal Friday Flyers at the following 2 websites:
On Wednesday you can access the following grocery flyers, plus maybe some others that are in your region:
- Giant Tiger
- Your Independent Grocer
- Food Basics
Then on Thursdays, I am able to access the remaining 4 flyers for stores that are in our region. They include:
- Shoppers Drug Mart
- Rexall Drug
So the first thing you need to determine is “what are the stores in your region”.
Next, you will need to figure out whether you are going to access the flyer information through the paper flyers or on the internet, or a combination of the two.
Map Out Your List Of Stores
Pictured here is my personal Frugal Friday Flyer for one week. As you can see, I have listed the name of each store on it. As there are 6 stores in my area, the names, or abbreviations are listed and then circled.
Then below the name of each store, as I go through the grocery store flyer, when I see something on sale that I want to purchase, I write it down.
I also make sure to write the price of the item down also. In this way, when I get to the store, I know exactly what price I’m looking for. This is also handy if, when getting to the store, there happens to be an in store special that is a better price, I can buy it instead. I know what is the best price this way.
Adjust Your Grocery List Items
When I first go through the flyers, I just write down anything that is on sale that I might be interested in getting that week.
The next step is to refine that list. Just because it is written down right now, doesn’t mean I will actually purchase it at this time.
For instance, I may have written under 3 stores the fact that they had tuna on sale. As I have also written down the price, I can glance at these 3 listings of tuna on the list and see which one is cheaper. The other 2 stores, I stroke the tuna off. I will not be buying the tuna at those locations.
Such as I did on the list above. The tuna was $0.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart, but it was only $0.88 at Sobeys. So it makes sense to buy the tuna at Sobeys.
Additionally, you will see that there are circled numbers beside some items and their prices. This is how I mark the limited quantity amounts. Making note of this beforehand stops any embarrassment at the cash register when you get told you have gone over limit. Or, worse, they start charging the full price on the amounts over the limit. So, knowing how many I can buy also helps.
Don’t Forget To Write Down The Items You Need But Weren’t In The Flyer
Sometimes you need items that aren’t necessarily listed in the grocery flyer. Perhaps you need to pick up a head of lettuce, or some other item.
You probably have a pretty good idea which store you normally pick that item up for at a fair price. But by writing it down in a separate section of the list keeps it in your mind so if you see it cheaper somewhere else, you can grab it.
But at the end of your grocery shopping day, you just want to make sure that you did grab that item, even if it wasn’t necessarily on sale this week.
As you learn how to slowly build your pantry cupboard when items are on sale, you will find you can reduce the number of times you pay higher prices for items.
Get Your Own Frugal Friday Flyer Ready
So now that you know the basics of how to make your own Frugal Friday Flyer, you can customize it to you. Make it work for the stores that you have in your community.
Also, by having a list with you, you are able to get in and get out of the stores with the items you actually need. And to get them on sale is even better.
Having a list will help you make sure you don’t forget items too.
So, whether you gather the information from paper flyers or the internet, get out your paper and pen and make your list. Shop with purpose, and you will be EMPOWERED towards a HOPE and a FUTURE. You will be fighting back against Food Security Issues and putting more food on your table for you and your loved ones.