Once you have built a stockpile of non-perishable foods, you're ready to move on to the next step of maximizing your savings: meal planning. If you meal plan a week ahead of time and match your meals with the sales for the week, you can really improve your savings.
It can be difficult to do this on your own. You'll need to have your recipes readily available and scan through them to find ingredients that are on sale. It can be a time consuming process, but worth it. When I meal plan and match sales to meals ahead of time, my typical savings goes from 33% to 60% or more per shopping trip.
It can typically take me an extra hour to meal plan and match the sales with the meal plan. This is on top of the hour it takes me to cut out coupons every week, and the hour it takes me to create coupon matchups.
If you don't have this kind of time to devote to couponing and saving money, you might want to consider a neat website called Food on the Table that does it for you. Food on the Table is an easy meal planning service that matches meals with sales at local grocery stores. With Food on the Table, you'll will be able to find thousands of easy, healthy recipes, save money by knowing the items that are on sale, and simplify your shopping experience with a well organized grocery list.