Do you dread “sticker shock” when you go the store? It seems like everything keeps increasing in price, and groceries have become so expensive. However, if you shop smart it doesn’t have to be that way! Follow some of these simple tips from the experts on how to save big bucks on groceries and other necessities.
- With savings on the rage, so are sites dedicated to “couponing”. Pioneer of couponing, Coupon Cravings is dedicated to help shoppers save money in every facet of your life, including groceries. The site features regularly updated coupons.
- Can’t ever find coupons for your favorite products in the Sunday newspaper? Contact the maker directly, suggests Joyce House in a recent interview on NPR. All products have the contact info on it, so call the company and suggest they make coupons for products you like. Often they will either mail you coupons or refer you to how to get them.
- Most major stores post their complete coupon policy on their website. This is valuable information that can help you get the best deals. Bankrate.com found that Kroger, Giant, Safeway and Acme sometimes double or triple coupon face values for certain days and times. In that case $20.00 worth of coupons could be worth $40.00.
- You can go paperless with your coupons, as well. In 4 Ways to Use Coupons Efficiently, Reader’s Digest recommends online services that link manufacturer coupons to your loyalty card. “Add the coupons to your online account, and simply present your card at checkout.”
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- Bankrate.com spoke with store managers to get their secrets to savings in 10 Grocery Savings Tips from Store Managers. These insiders revealed that savings on produce can often be found in bulk packaged fruits or veggies, such as potatoes, apples, or grapefruit. Since packaged fruit is priced per unit, the unit must weigh what it advertises by law. In order to avoid angry customers, grocers throw in extra to make sure it meets the standard.
- Try “chubs” for a great deal in the meat aisle. Buy a whole cooked ham, turkey breast, or roast beef, and have the grocery store’s deli section slice it. You can save more than 50% over grand name deli meats, but be sure to check with them to see if they’re able to do it for you first!
The bottom line on reducing your bottom line at the cash register? Don’t ever pay full price, and don’t be afraid to experiment with different shopping strategies to find what works best for you!
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