On December 27th, 2008, I published the very first weekly grocery deals post on Springs Bargains and closed with this:
Well, there you have it. I chose my highlights based on the highly-technical price book I keep in my head, so they may or may not be great prices to you! :) If I didn’t mention something that’s in the ad it’s probably because I’ve seen it for a lower price. I’ll try to keep explaining more of my strategy as time goes on.
Well, time did go on, and over the past 7+ years, I’ve published over 1,500 posts with weekly grocery deals, coupon matchups, and “how good of a deal is it?” ratings.
So many of you have been right here since almost the beginning (well, almost the beginning – that first post was seen by about two people!). We cheered when Sunflower Market (now Sprouts) came to town, dreaded the effects of the Extreme Couponing TV show, watched Rancho Liborio close and Albertsons changed ownership, and most of us stocked up on quite a bit of free toothpaste and $0.49 pasta.
Truth be told, doing the weekly grocery deals and coupon matchups has been a struggle for me for several years, even when I had people helping me with them. (To give you a taste, when I had a couple of people helping me for awhile, when they started they both expressed something to the effect of, “Wow! That was a lot more involved than I realized!”)
I’ve continued doing them because you all have been faithful to let me know that you appreciate them – thank you for your encouragement!
But as of this week, Springs Bargains will continue as it’s been, but without the weekly grocery deals.
I’ve continued doing the weekly grocery deals for several years because I did not have peace about phasing them out, because I know many of you find them helpful. But, I’m ready to focus that energy on other things.
While I’ll no longer be doing the weekly deals, coupon matchups, and ratings, I’ve put all of that data (that I formerly mostly kept into my head!) into the Grocery Price Reference that you can access for free here on Springs Bargains.
When you login to the Grocery Price Reference, you’ll have access to price ratings for hundreds of items. You’ll be able to see what a “standard” sale price is, a “good price”, and a “great price”.
Man items will also tell you where you can expect to find the lowest sale price, what time of year you’ll likely find the lowest sale price, and whether or not you’ll need to use a coupon to get the lowest sale price.
I know that some of you may not like the Grocery Price Reference and might decide not to use it at all, and that’s fine. It’s definitely not a replacement for the weekly grocery deal posts, but it’s something that I can give you as a resource if you’re used to depending on the price ratings here on Springs Bargains.
Starting this week, I’ll publish a post with links to the grocery ad previews, the Price Reference, coupon policies, etc. If you have questions about the week’s deals, you can leave a comment on that post and I’ll be happy to check out your specific question and answer. And of course, I’d love for you to comment with deals that you’ve found, too!
I’ll also be publishing a series of posts with tips on how to decode your grocery ads, showing you the clues that I looked for as I did the weekly grocery deals.
A couple of questions you might be thinking:
Are other areas of Springs Bargains going to change?
Nope! I have no plans to otherwise change the types of things I share on Springs Bargains; only the weekly grocery deals will change.
I do have a new site design in the works and hope to launch it very soon, but the type of deals I share will stay the same. (And psst! The new design might just include that Egg Price Tracker that many of you have requested!)
Will I have to pay for the Grocery Price Reference?
Nope! The reason that you’ll have to login to access the Price Reference is to prevent unauthorized use. (It’s for your personal use only, and the info shouldn’t be shared or used on other sites.) But it is free!
I hope that you’ll find the new resources useful, and would love to help with any questions you have. Thank you for reading Springs Bargains!