Does your grocery store require the checker to circle and tell you the amount you saved each shopping trip? The store where we do most our food shopping does and when the checker said “you saved over $96 today” the lady behind us gasped. She was audibly surprised we could save nearly an equal amount to what we spent.
It’s not unusual for us; in fact the following week I saved the same amount as spent. There are five ways we routinely save on food.
We use both store and manufacturer coupons gathered from a variety of sources. The grocery store sends out coupons in booklets and weekly ads. Manufacturer coupons are found online, in magazines, postal mail and the newspaper.
Join the frequent shopper program offered at stores you frequent. Many sale prices are only good in conjunction with the program card. My store sends checks quarterly based on the number of points accumulated the past three months. We routinely get $10-12.
I also load coupons directly onto the program card on the store website at at coupon websites such as Shortcuts.com.
By taking advantage of special promotions such as buy 1 get one free or other iterations (buy 3, get 3 free) the grocery bill is cut more. Especially when combining with a coupon. I used to be able to use coupons for each of the items but recently my coupon for the “free” item was rejected which was understandable.
Last week in the markdown table I found cans of yams marked down over 50%. They weren’t damaged or about to expire. The item isn’t in high demand this time of year so they wanted to clear some out.
Other markdowns you may find include perishables close to expiration (meat, produce, dairy or bakery items). We have been known to buy any of these.
Discontinued items or products with packaging changes can also be found at greatly reduced prices sometimes.
The only reason I buy an Entertainment book each year is for grocery store discount of $5 off with a purchase of $75 or more (it can be anywhere close to that amount and they’ll take it). The savings pays for the book each year and the rest of the coupons in there are gravy.
How do you save money at the grocery store? If you don’t have the rest of the line gasping get started on saving by using these tips.
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