Get tips on how to save dough on groceries

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 7, 2018

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TROY — Each week, Sterling Heights resident Jolyn Felten scours the weekly grocery ads and searches for items that match up with coupon offers. 

Felten, a former elementary school teacher, said via email that she is a stay-at-home mom turned work-at-home blogger. 

“It’s a considerable amount of work, which I do to provide a free resource for my readers,” she said. 

Her website is bargainsto 

“Most coupons are printable (printed from your computer/device), digital (loaded to your account from a store website or app) or found in the Sunday newspaper inserts,” she said. 

She said her blog started “somewhat by accident in 2009, when a friend needed help saving money on groceries, and other websites weren’t accurate for metro Detroit. I thought I would post the best deals at Meijer and Kroger for her once a week. It has since grown into much more and includes a number of local stores, as well as online deals, area events and giveaways.” 

She will share the best ways to save the most with coupons through strategic shopping at the Troy Public Library March 12. 

Adult service librarian Cassandra Suh said that she thought the program would be a good fit for the Troy Public Library, because many people make a New Year’s resolution to save money. 

“People like to look for ways to save money,” Suh said, adding that Felten offers a number of tips and strategies. 

“We’ll talk about the most important guidelines when saving money with coupons, as well as where you can find coupons,” Felten said. “For those who would like to save money without using coupons, we’ll talk about smartphone apps, strategic shopping and other ways to make the best use of your time and money at the grocery store.” 

Felten said the simplest way to save on groceries is to educate yourself on how much items cost, especially those items that you’re buying frequently. 

“You’ll need to be able to recognize a good price when you see it, and stock up on that item when it’s the lowest,” she said. “There are a number of ways to do this, both with and without coupons, and finding the one that works for you (and the time that you have) is key.” 

Felten said she enjoys saving 90 percent at post-holiday clearance sales. 

“I average around 50 percent savings on my groceries, generally,” she said. “A really good receipt might be around 75 percent off retail. It’s not grocery-related, but one deal that sticks out in my mind: I found a like-new L.L. Bean jacket at a garage sale this past summer for 25 cents (retail $99).”

Felten will present Bargains to Bounty 7-8:30 p.m. March 12 at the Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road. Visit or call (248) 524-3534 to register.