Save Money on Groceries
Is your grocery bill out of control? Here are a few simple steps to help you save money on groceries.
1) Clipping Coupons! I just read where clipping coupons nets a return of about $100 per hour…now I don’t know about you but $100 an hour is a lot more than I make! It is well worth the price of $2 for the Sunday Paper when you can get around $250 worth of coupons. Watch your mailbox. Red Plum sends out coupons to a lot of areas with some great coupons and they also have an online site. There are also digital coupons but check with your local grocery store because some stores don’t accept digital coupons. My favorite places for digital coupons are SmartSource.com and Couponsurfer.com but many manufacturers also have coupons on their websites. Be sure to check the supermarket circulars too because many times they also have coupons in them.
2) Check the store circulars for sale items and plan your meals around what is on sale. The circulars are designed to draw you into the store. Sometimes they are even willing to take a loss on a product, especially during the holidays, hoping that you will buy other things while you are there.
3) Check to see which stores offer double and sometimes triple coupons and what their policy is. Some stores will only double or triple a coupon up o a certain amount so a $1 coupon may only be worth $1.
4) Make a list! Plan your meals and go through your pantry, refrigerator and freezer. Make a list of what you will need and stick to it. Grocery stores know that the longer you are there, the more you will buy. That’s why they put the things that you buy most often like milk, eggs and meat are in the farthest corner of the store from the front door.
5) If your store offers a customer loyalty card, be sure to sign up for it. This is a great way to save money on groceries. Even if you forget to take it with you, you can still get the discounts by giving the cashier your telephone number.
6) Don’t just automatically grab the largest size of an item, it’s not always the best deal. Check the sticker on the store shelf to see what each size costs per ounce. Many times the smaller size is the better bargain.
7) If the store is out of a sale item, go to the service desk and ask for a rain check.
8) Grocery stores often have sales like 10 items for $10. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to buy 10 items. Many times it just means those items are $1 each no matter how many you buy.
Don’t throw away anymore of your hard earned money. Use these tips to save money on your groceries!
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