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Ask DSM Readers: Do You Use The Grocery Game?

by Tara Kuczykowski on September 23, 2009 · 126 comments

The Grocery Game
I'm often asked what my opinion of The Grocery Game program is, and frankly, I haven't used it personally in about seven years. There are so many free resources for this information these days that I'm left wondering if there is a real value proposition in paying $10 or more ($10 for the first store and $5 for each additional store) every two months for access to coupon match-ups.

But maybe there's something I'm missing since it's been so long, so I'm putting the question out to all of my wonderful readers.

Do you use The Grocery Game currently? Do you feel it's a valuable resource in addition to blogs?

Or did you stop using The Grocery Game when you started reading blogs? Do you feel that you can get all of the information you need for free?

Of course there's no right or wrong answer, but I'm really looking forward to hearing your opinions, and I know there are many of you out there wondering this same thing.

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1 Jessica October 22, 2009 at 5:55 pm

I signed up with The Grocery Game when I checked out her new book. I thought I had hit a landmine! Sadly, I canceled as soon as the free trial was over because even though it would take me a little longer, I could find the informtion myself from several different sites. Would be wonderful if you didn't have to pay for it.


2 Amy Lojko October 23, 2009 at 12:04 am

I like it, it's a really great idea. It helps me keep my thoughts together without alot of time spent. I have 8 children and very little extra time. My only complaint is that it is so expensive and some of the coupon sources aren't always accurate.


3 LaTasha October 30, 2009 at 10:05 pm

I used it, only for the free trial. There are so many free sources that put together the same information and some are formatted much better...why pay for it?


4 Becky January 17, 2010 at 7:40 am

I use it but am considering cancelling. I often cannot find the coupons in Smart Source and Red Plum. Sometimes the items in the Meijer ad is off by $1, which throws off all the percentages. I've written and haven't really gotten satisfaction.


5 Melanie April 19, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Used it off/on and I think $10 to steep and then $5 for each store I know I save the money, but in this economy I would rather spend the time to find the deals and or start a free forum where we could share the deals that more local to us. Like others I find my coupons are different do not have the coupon to only become discouraged at what I could have saved, so for me it is not worth the cost any longer.


6 Sharon May 20, 2010 at 8:50 am

I really like the GG. I really used coupons before and now I am addicted, I have saved so much money. I really pretty much shop at King Soopers and think if you mainly shop at one or two stores it is really a savings and makes it easy. Perhaps when I get better at this I would wing it on my own. But to get going its the best!!!


7 Ava May 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm

The Grocery Game does not cover ANY stores in the Midwest (Iowa in particular). I have found only one website that covers our stores: savings BUT it is very pricey at $19.99 a MONTH.


8 Loving couponing! May 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I checked it out bu never used it because, mostly, you can get the same thing for free on all the other sites. I also, honestly, didn't care for their website at all. It also gets hung up when you want to check out the grocery tracker(did anyway before, maybe fixed now) and no other sites were doing that. I just think you can get the same thing for free and the the free websites we are like a team working together to get good deals and report good finds and helping each other do well. I love that aspect of it. I f there were no free, cool websites then I would pay and use the GG.


9 Meredith July 15, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I used it for two months (free month trial period and the other I didn't cancel in time). At first I was able to overlook the cons about it since I was just starting to try couponing and it was a one-stop info. I quit because 1) I didn't totally trust the "list" and did find instances where you could pay one penny more but get twice the amount of product 2) spend hours trying to check to see if the "list" was accurate 3) the "list" would not come out until Sunday but the sale had been going on since last Wednesday and my grocery day is Friday 4) alot of the good sale items were gone because I had to wait until Sun or Mon and then I wasted a trip (only can get rainchecks on advertised sales) 5) never received a response from my email I had sent. So obviously she is making enough money off of this that she doesn't need a high percentage of satisfied customers. I like this site and TotallyTarget, (and at times soooo much better! Thank you for all your time!! : )


10 Ray August 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm

We used to use it. However we found that we were spending more money on stuff just to have a stockpile of things. And quickly running out of room. With sites like this and others, the information can be found just as easily for free. And now we are spending tremendously less each month!


11 Couponing 4 a Difference July 10, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I agee with those that say it isn't worth it. All You Magazine (an awesome publication) now has a new feature "Grocery Circular Roundup" that I think will do the job.


12 Couponing 4 a Difference July 10, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Here's the link I mentioned above for All You Magazine's Grocery Circular Roundup.


13 Couponing 4 a Difference July 10, 2011 at 9:36 pm

LOL. Trying again. Here's the link:


14 Amy August 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I have never used it. I took a local class in my area (in Michigan) called and they are awesome. Cost is $15 a month and that is for 8 stores, they do what they call a bonus list for 3 of the stores too that is all the additional match ups not advertised and my most favorite is when Kroger runs a MEGA they have a COMPLETE list of every item! I do still comb through some blogs becasue I am obsessed with deals, but find that my $15 a month is well spent with


15 Gina September 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm

The Grocery Game was a BIG disappointment. The information was limited and inaccurate ~ they must focus on subscribers not looking into the great blogs available; they are paying a lot and getting very little!


16 kodachrome June 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I have never used it, I did check out the book from the library, IMO there are far to many free resources but that is just a personal opinion. I like this site and coupon katrina because they are local to me and the price matches are more accurate.


17 Laura Singh March 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I have had a bad experience with the grocery game, I signed up for their trial which was fine but they did not even have the stores I usually go to so I canceled before the end of the trial. Then I see I was billed $50. I logged in and saw that all the stores in the area had been chosen. I have not stepped a foot in half of them ever . I e-mailed their customer service several times with no response. There does not seem to be a phone number to call I suppose that is on purpose.


18 Ideel Coupon August 6, 2015 at 3:10 am

I have never even heard of the "The Grocery Game". But after reading about it from your post I would surely visit it now and hopefully will find something interesting to pick up right now!

Thanks again Tara and hopefully you will going to share some more in near time.


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