Grocery Saving Tips And Coupons

Have a plan before you go into any grocery store

  • Make a shopping list and buy only those items on your list.
  • Plan your list out based on the meals you will be preparing that week or month.
  • After your list is made, look through your coupons and use coupons only for the products on your list.  This way you won’t be enticed to buy an item just because you have a coupon for.
  • Remember, the less fast food or ready to serve food you eat and the more food you prepare from scratch, the more money you will save and the healthier you will be.
  • 101waystosave Coupon

It is smart to clip, save, and use coupons

  • You can save a lot of money on products and services you use everyday buy using coupons.
  • Coupons for all sorts of grocery and non grocery products are available online.  You simply visit coupon web sites, select, and print coupons for all your favorite brands.
  • Coupons are also readily available in magazines, newspapers, on product packaging, through the mail, and at grocery stores.
  • Remember, though, that just because you have a coupon, do not be tempted to use the coupon unless it is absolutely for a product or service you really need or want.

Read your weekly local grocery advertisement

  • Grocery stores have sales each week.
  • Watch for sales on items you regularly use or will be using in your planed menu. 
  • When a store is having a case lot sale and the prices are great, stock up on these products.
  • It is o.k. to shop at several different stores for bargains.  Just make sure you are not wasting too much gas or time trying to hit each store for only a few items unless the savings are substantial.

Watch the cash register monitor as your items are rung up

  • Often many items that are on sale may not ring up with the appropriate price.  You might also be charged for the wrong type of produce or canned good.
  • Make sure that you get the correct price on items that may be sold as a “2 for 1” or “10 for $10” deal.  You usually should be able to get the discounted price even if you do not buy two or ten of the advertised special product.

Ask for rain checks if the items on sale are out of stock

  • Be sure to watch for the expiration date on any rain check you receive. 
  • Ask the store clerk what your quantity limit will be on the rain check.  You may need to get several sets of rain checks if you want to purchase a large quantity of a product.

Generic products will save you money

  • Generic products almost always will cost less.  Usually the only exception to this rule will be if there is a sale on a name brand product.
  • Buy generic products where possible.  However, if you can feel or taste a difference or you and your family will not use or eat the generic brand, you are better off paying the extra money for the non generic items.

Do not buy non grocery items at the grocery store

  • Non grocery items such as film, laundry detergent, razors, shaving cream, toothpaste, trash bags etc. are almost always more expensive at the grocery store.
  • Buy non grocery items at a discount store.

Buying In Bulk

  • Buying in bulk can definitely save you money, but you can also spend more than you wanted if you are not careful.  Go with a list of only what you need and stick to it.
  • Think of your storage space.  Do not buy the jumbo jar of mayonnaise, green beans, or salsa if you do not have ample refrigerator space to store the perishable product once it is open or if you will not be able to consume the item before it spoils. Also, do not buy large quantities of nonperishable products if you have limited storage space.
  • Items such as nuts, flour, sugar, laundry detergent, toilet paper, plastic utensils, dishwasher detergent, paper cups, etc. are good bulk buys.
  • Consider joining a warehouse club such as BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco, or Sam’s Club for bulk product savings.
  • Shop the case lot sales at your local grocery store.
  • It is a good idea to have bulk storage in your personal home pantry.  Create an area where you can store food and non food items in the event of an emergency.  See our Emergency Preparedness section located on the left of this page.

 

 

 

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