Grocery Shopping Secrets

Faye Prosser is the new definition of power shopper.

"Our budget, for our family of four, my husband and I, and our two children, is $55 a week," Prosser says.

Prosser may spend $55, but she brings home more like $150 or $200 worth of groceries. She saves incredible amounts of money every time she shops.

"One of the most important things for folks to remember is that if they are willing to shop, even if it is one or two different stores, they're going to save money," Prosser says.

Prosser buys in bulk when there's a good buy, but usually does not go to warehouse clubs like Sam's or Costco. They do not take coupons, which is a huge part of Prosser's program.

Another secret to her success: making yourself a "price book," which lists the cost per unit for the items you buy regularly.

"That way, when you get to the store and the items on sale, and you're not sure if it's a good price, you can figure out the unit price, or know if it's going to be on sale somewhere else," Prosser says.

Prosser also says planning ahead is key. You might think it's a waste of time to make a list, but that way you don't end up wandering around the store, or stumbling into buys that aren't bargains.

"I plan the whole week's meals out at home, and i make my list. I pull my coupons, so by the time i get to the store, everything's done," Prosser says.

Prosser hits the good buys the store offers, but also combines coupons to make them worth even more. Many stores will double your coupons on a daily basis.

In the end, Prosser buys $117 worth of groceries, including milk, meat and produce, for the price of just $24,

You can visit Prosser's website,

Prosser is holding a workshop in Winterville on Saturday, November 22. Call (252) 717-8999 and ask for Christy Turner.

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  • by Renee(whiterain) Location: Wendell NC on Nov 21, 2008 at 02:05 AM
    Its funny how the people who are bashing Faye would probably benefit themselves most by taking the time for the negativity and clipping a coupon and asking themselves do they like to burn money. Throwing away coupons is just that, throwing away money. I dont have the time to always be negative and want to bash people. She is up here trying to help people who could be going hungry because they couldnt afford to shop the regular way. Instead of bashing, why dont some of you take one day and try what she talks about. If you dont like it, then fine! Leave the savings to us and move on to other topics.
  • by Kelly Lewis Location: Goldsboro on Nov 20, 2008 at 01:16 PM
    I used to use coupons occasionally, but I find myself using them more often now. Times are tough and that's no understatement. If you don't like the article, move on to a different one. No need to criticize.
  • by mom Location: nc on Nov 20, 2008 at 08:20 AM
    She's just trying t help. Either you can heed her advice or not. She's not asking for anything in return. If those who are always finding negative things to say would just be quiet, it would be ok. Let us who want to save money on groceries do the talking NOT YOU.
  • by Mad Taxpayer Location: Kinston on Nov 20, 2008 at 08:05 AM
    American taxpaying citizens are struggling to feed their families. Some are having to use coupons to help cover high food costs while illegal non citizens are getting five cartloads at a time "free." We have to pay taxes so people who are here in violation of our laws can get their "freebies." Desperate citizens in dire need of assistance can't get it. Only in America!
  • by km Location: nc on Nov 20, 2008 at 06:15 AM
    april - There are coupon clipping sites that offer various coupons other than those you can find in the local papers. However, when you use these you are paying for the time and energy that these people use in getting these coupons for you. Sites like and ebay have them. There are other sites too.
  • by Local Girl Location: Jacksonville on Nov 20, 2008 at 05:12 AM
    To Frugal: Wow, spending $15 or even $20 on a book that could help me save $50-$100 a week on grocery shopping for my family of five, sounds pretty worth it to me. Why continue to throw away $50-$100 a week on groceries when you can purchase the same amount of items for a lot less money. Personally, I'd rather spend a one time fee for the book, than pay for overpriced groceries week after week after week. There are just so many other things I would rather spend that extra money on besides groceries! But, if spending money on a book that can help you have hundreds of dollars a month isn't being frugal, then you go right ahead paying those high grocery bills. Me, I have other plans for my cash.
  • by april Location: greenville on Nov 20, 2008 at 05:02 AM
    most coupons i find are for things i do not use, how do you find ones for the every day items?
  • by clippyclippy Location: apex on Nov 19, 2008 at 04:41 PM
    "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all?" We shouldn't forget that good advice. Yes, couponing takes time, but it is worth it if you need to save money. If you spend 4 hours a week planning your coupon strategies, and then you save 100.00 off of your typical grocery bill (as I do) you are basically making $25 per hour with that time. I don't think any of us have too much time on our hands, especially Faye, since she uses it to help so many people. She offers products on her website because people want it, and asked for it. That is not taking advantage of anyone. If you don't have a need to tighten up your budget, then just move on to the next interesting article. No need to be negative to those of us who really appreciate these ideas.
  • by T Location: Gville on Nov 19, 2008 at 04:23 PM
    You can do it without the book. I've been doing couponing for over six months and I LOVE it. Where in the article does she demand or even request you buy her book? No where. Yes she offers her website address which also has some free articles up there and other great resources but guess you missed that. Yes she mentioned that she's having a workshop in Winterville and I think it's a great way if someone wants to learn. Where one person might think it's spam another might be glad to know. You can also visit forums such as or for NC people there is you can also learn a lot. I've learned a lot from her and I've never bought her book or went to her workshop. I started learning after watching her up here last spring and the other great NC people on the forum it's amazing the stuff I get absolutely free legally thru couponing & Rebates that is stuff I already buy. Couponing isn't for everyone and that's great that means more free things for me.
  • by Frugal Location: NC on Nov 19, 2008 at 01:48 PM
    Geesh, I can do this without her book. No need to pay for a book. If I dish out money for the book, that is just money that I could have used for more groceries. What a spam article.
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