You’ve all heard me sing the praises of the Grocery Game. Recently I was featured in my local newspaper for my stellar Grocery Game shopping trip, where I saved over $80. The Grocery Game will always have a piece of my frugal heart. But I’ve found a new site to love.
A Full Cup – Savings By The Cup Full
A Full Cup is a free…yes, you read right, free…site that features an easy to navigate message board, coupon database, a list of online printable coupons, online deals, and my favorite feature: grocery lists, featuring items at super great prices, matched with coupons to make an even better deal.
I haven’t actually gone shopping with a list yet, since my son was sick, and I didn’t make my regular shopping trip this week. But the list is similar to that of the Grocery Game, but it INCLUDES ONLINE COUPONS!!!! Can you tell I’m excited?
About the Money Saving Grocery Lists
A Full Cup has lists for every store I’ve ever heard of, except Winco and Fred Meyer. But Winco doesn’t run ads, so I can forgive them for that omission. I’ll have to hang out on the site for a while before I request a Fred Meyer list.
I wanted to check out the Albertsons list, because that’s my favorite coupon-shopping store. They have 8 different Albertsons lists, separated by different geographic areas, so the lists should be pretty accurate. That scored points with me.
So I clicked on the NW Albertson’s list. It was separated into the following columns:
- Options – I’m really not sure what this column is for, as there was nothing there in my list.
- Ends – What day the sale ends.
- Price – Sale price.
- Coupon – Shows the coupon amount and where to find it. Also links to a page where you can find more information about the coupon, including where to print printable coupons.
- Store Coupon
- Source – Where to find the coupon
- Must Buy – How many items you need to buy to get the deal.
- Final Price – How much you pay.
- Double to $.50 – I’m not sure how this column is supposed to work. Some of the prices were $.50 lower than the “final price”, but others weren’t.
- Notes – This includes information like “Save $2 instantly wyb $10 in Dannon products.” and “Not a bad price for non-coupon deal.”
I’ll probably understand the lists a little bit better, once I watch the intro video tutorials.
The Full Cup Forums
I haven’t even had time to begin exploring the forums yet. All I can say is there is money saving information on everything under the sun. Forums for each grocery store, including Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, for you health food addicts. (Sorry, no Trader Joe’s grocery list, but there is a Whole Foods list!).
A sampling (and just a small sampling) of the forums includes Coupon Chatter (with a sub-forum for healthy couponing – yay!), Canadian Couponing, Freebies, Mystery Shopping, Frugal Living, and much, much more.
I Think I’ve Found My Deal Finding Home
I’m a busy woman, and I don’t have time to match my ads with my coupons on my own. That’s why I joined the Grocery Game. I prefer a free service, of course, but the only free service that competed didn’t have stores in my area and was hard to navigate.
I’ve found that A Full Cup is very well organized. So far I’ve been able to find everything I need with few problems. And that’s without reading any intro directions or watching the introductory videos.
A Full Cup gets an A++ from me! It seems to have everything I need to find the best grocery deals, all wrapped up in one neat little big package.
Are you a member of A Full Cup? What do you think of it? Do you love it as much as I do?
Photo by Gunjan Karun.
There are a lot of things I find distasteful and wrong about A FULL CUP, more than just NOT finding the coupons that help me in California — I guess the site works better in Midwest, etc. But check out their terms, http://www.afullcup.com/tos — FREEDOM OF SPEECH is NOT PROTECTED and they are adamant about it, also there is no way to delete your account once you open one, but they can remove your account without notice or warning at their sole discretion. It’s got hidden agenda programmed all into it.
I had signed up with AFC some time ago and wasn’t impressed. Checked it out again after reading your review. I am also a member of Grocery Game which I use all the time. If I went by the list on AFC, I wouldn’t have found many deals at my stores but with GG I found much more. I am not ready to switch..
Nothing compares to The Grocery Game! It pays for itself and saves me much more. I’d rather spend more time with my kids then messing with “free” websites.
I registered with AFC during a registration “flurry,” but haven’t taken the time to really investigate it or the other sites. As a homeschooling Mommy blogger with two new blogs, I just don’t always have (or take) the time needed to get familiar with *every* recommendation I come across. I’m still perfecting my “super couponing” skills and that takes a lot of time too.
Thank you for the review of AFC. I read it – and the follow up comments – with interest. The user insight is great!
@Linda – I’ve encountered the “You’re already registered/You’re not registered” problem with other sites. You have my sympathy. That is one of the MOST frustrating things EVER! I hope you get it straightened out soon. :o)
@Susan – I appreciate your “two cents”. I get a lot of my content from other bloggers, but I don’t “borrow” full articles. I condense to several lines, or even just the hotlinked post title! I also give credit and/or direct my readers right back to the original source. It’s the right thing to do! Still, I do wonder sometimes if there are any bloggers who dislike the practice. I figure they are getting FREE advertising and more traffic. And I do try to establish a relationship too – by following, “fan”ing, making comments, etc. When I “feature” a blogger, I try to make sure their 125 x 125 button is posted on my blog. I choose only family-friendly sites and I’m glad to spread the word. Like so many have said here, I don’t have time to do my own matchups, or write long articles every day. I am always thankful for great content from other bloggers!
And, now, back to my always-cluttered Inbox. LOL!
I used to like afullcup but have gone back to my Grocery Game lists because they now have a “no subscription required” coupon database that ROCKS…features internet coupons, printables, Sunday coupons..you name it….and for the two Lists I buy from them – it matches these coupons you load to your shopping card called CELLFIRE coupons, store digital coupons, paper coupons and more…and I just do not have time to do it on my own… So – afullcup is a good resource…if you have time to do it yourself. I don’t have time to track the sales…and I WILL NEVER have time to match digital coupons myself…so – thegrocerygame is the one for me.
Thanks for the review. I still prefer GG for $5.00 a month. GG list has way more stuff on it for the store I shop at (King Soopers) AND it tells you what date and which coupon insert to look in right off the list. On AFC, you have to click each item to see which insert to cut the coupon out of. I think GG saves a lot more time. My time is worth money to me.
I found your site through a google search. I tried to join AFullCup, but they said the username I chose was already taken and popped up the registration form again for another try.. when I try to put in another name, it says the email is already being used. I haven’t been able to find anywhere to contact them… and really don’t know what to do… Since you use this site, I was hoping you might know
Thank you for any help
Linda in Florida