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Strategize Your Grocery Shopping To Save Money!

by Holly Duce on March 10, 2013

grocery adsYou don’t have to be an extreme couponer to save money at the grocery store.  A little bit of planning and strategizing can go a long way.  Once you get started, it’ll become second nature.  Our family uses several of these tips from the coupon site BeFrugal.com found, Jon Lal:

  1. Make a list. This basic strategy saves a ton of time and money. One simple way is to use the notes feature of your smartphone and add items to your list as you realize you need them. Since we usually have our phones with us 24/7, the list is easy to manage. When you shop stick to the list to save lots of time and money.
  2. Check your grocery store’s weekly ad in advance. Sunday flyers are available online, so you do not need to buy a paper or wait until Sunday. Look at it online whenever you want and review the sale items while comparing that to your list.
  3. While you are looking at the sales online, now is a perfect time to find coupons for items that are already on sale. Get grocery coupons online; quickly search for the items you have on your list or see as being on sale in the grocery store’s flyer then print them out and you are ready to shop. This eliminates clipping coupons and keeping coupons you may never need in a bulky binder.
  4. Stock up (if you can). Some grocery stores will be having big sales on frozen foods in honor of Frozen Food Month. As discussed in the tip above, you can also get grocery coupons for these items to get additional savings. If your freezer is already full or you do not need these items, skip them – even if they are on sale. It’s not a bargain if you cannot use it!
  5. Consider buying groceries online. In addition to some grocery stores offering online orders and delivery, you can often get great deals buying items online (and getting free shipping on them, of course) when you use promo codes and earn cash back – this is a portion of your total that gets deposited into a free account for you – especially when buying items which grocery coupons are rarely offered on and nonperishable foods. Don’t rule out getting grocery store delivery, either. While there may be a fee of $6-10 for delivery, it may be worth it to you, depending on how much time it can save you.

 

{ 3 comments }

Mary Beth Elderton March 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm

These are great tips. I find that buying household items like TP and some other things is cheaper online and, with delivery, save a lot of time and hassle, too. I like the Amazon Subscribe and Save function for some things, too.

Barbara Montag March 10, 2013 at 5:39 pm

I’m trying to save money on groceries.
THanks for the great tips!

Local Coupon March 11, 2013 at 1:00 am

Wow! great idea.. I’m starting to make a shopping and find out more freebies to save money! thanks for the tips.

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