How much do you spend on groceries per month? Looking over past credit card bills our grocery expenses in 2006 were between $500 and $800 per month. It’s shocking.

I didn’t think I was that careless with spending. I shopped at a grocery store that claimed to have the lowest prices in town. I would look for sale items and buy only the items we really needed. There was one thing I didn’t do—clip coupons.

Then in August, a friend told me about The Grocery Game. The Grocery Game claims it can help you save hundreds of dollars a month on groceries. It’s an online database that tracks manufacturers’ coupons along with the grocery store’s weekly sales and specials.

To play The Grocery Game, you have to clip coupons from your Sunday’s paper. Each Tuesday a new list is posted on the website, telling you which items are the best deals to buy. So for example, Orville Redenbacher popcorn is on the list…

The original price: $2.99
The sale price: 3/$5 (or $1.67 each)
Manufacturer’s coupon from the 12/3 insert: 50 cents (it gets doubled up to $1)
Total price for popcorn: 67 cents (that’s 78% off the original price)

Sometimes items end up being free. It’s pretty cool!

In my area, you can get a list for Meijer and Kroger. The list isn’t free. It costs $10 every 8 weeks. They offer a 4 week trial period for only $1.

So am I saving hundreds? I’m getting there. The first few weeks, I didn’t notice a grand drop in grocery expenses. But now, I’m happy to report our grocery bills are getting under control. Last month’s bill totaled $400. I may be paying $10 for the membership and $8.88 a month for the Sunday newspaper. But I think it’s worth it.