TV KCNC DENVER - MAY 8, 2003
The Grocery Game Offers New Way To Save
May 8, 2003 5:18 pm US/Mountain
GOLDEN, Colo. (KCNC)
There's a new service that will intrigue even the most serious penny pinchers. It can help you save an average of at least 50 percent on your weekly grocery bill.
Does it sound too good to be true? Well, NEWS4 found one consumer who's become a firm believer in what's called "The Grocery Game."
Marie Drake is a lawyer not a survivalist, but she has all sorts of canned goods, even kitty litter, stacked up in her home in Golden. She calls it stockpiling, and it's just part of her new way of grocery shopping.
Drake says she's saving a bundle. She subscribes to The Grocery Game Web site. Every Sunday, she logs onto the web site.
She reads what's called "Teri's Shopping List," which tells her the sale items for the week that are advertised and unadvertised. It also shows her the corresponding coupons.
For example, toothpaste that was originally $2.99 is on sale for $1.92. If you use your dollar coupon, the price is 92 cents.
Drake checks off what she wants from the list, prints it and takes her Sunday coupons she's been clipping to King Soopers.
"If I was only seeing 20 to 30 percent savings, I would rethink this but i'm seeing 47 to 51 percent," Drake said.
The Grocery Game was started in California . It expanded to Colorado in March when the Biglers, parents of triplets, bought the franchise.
"The biggest service that I give to my members is I do all the research for them," Kathleen Bigler said.
The Biglers now have 300 subscribers who pay $1.25 week for the list.
Drake says the service easily pays for itself. She is now building a mini store in her home. She's stockpiling with the idea of restocking when the prices go rock bottom again.
She has become a coupon queen, and she argues that it's a great way to save.
Some things to remember if you decide to play The Grocery Game. Save your coupons each Sunday. The list will tell you when to use them.
The days to shop are Sunday through Tuesday because the specials change on Wednesday.
Right now, first time customers can sign on to The Grocery Game for a four-week trial period at $1 a week.
The owners told NEWS4 they get very few cancellations because people get hooked.