Learn How to Save Money on Groceries without Using Coupons on your Groceries. You can save up to 50% without using coupons by following these Grocery Savings Tips!
Are you tired of searching for, clipping, and organizing those coupons? The task can be daunting, and you might be wondering how to ditch it. The truth is, you donâ€™t need coupons in hand in order to save money on your grocery bill. Take a look below at how to ditch your coupons and still save money on the grocery items you have come to love. You might be shocked at how easy it can be.
How toÂ Save Money on Groceries
1. Use money saving apps.
Apps such as Checkout 51Â and Ibotta offer you coupons right in the palm of your hand. These free apps will alert you of sales on items you buy and give you cash back when you make purchases of those items. Download these and other money saving apps so you can ditch the coupons and just use your smart phone instead.
2. Use a store loyalty card.
Always be sure you have a loyalty card for the stores you regularly shop at. These will offer you additional sale prices, rebates, and even freebies. They only take a few minutes to sign up for one, and the savings are easy and massive!
Stores like Walgreens & CVS require you to have the store loyalty card to get the sale prices, so you could be paying more than you should if you’re not using a store loyalty card you can also earn points just for shopping and redeem those points for free products.
3. Price match.
Never start your shopping before price matching. Stores such as Walmart and Target honor price matching, saving you time as well as money. Take a few minutes to compare ads so you can be sure you get the lowest price possible on the items you need.
TIP: Bookmark the Ads on your smartphone, I have a bookmark for the Aldi Ad so that I can quickly pull up the ad in stores and price match all of my produce.
4. Use Walmart Savings Catcher.
The Walmart savings catcher is perfect for people who are tight on time. You can easily scan your receipt with your smart phone and if something you bought is priced lower at a competitorâ€™s store, Walmart puts the difference on an e-gift card for you!This is perfect if you aren’t going to spend the time price matching, or you don’t want to shop at Multiple Stores. Just download the app and you can quickly scan your receipts every time you shop, you might be surprised at how fast the savings add up.
5. Always ask for a better deal.
If an item is flawed or damaged, never be afraid to ask if there is a better price. Ask for a manager who often times is happy to take at least 10% off the item for you.
6. Buy in bulk.
Some items are a bargain when purchased in bulk. Stores such as Costco and Samâ€™s Club are a great place to buy snacks, paper products, and toiletries in bulk which can really save you some cash in the long run. If there is an item you use often, compare prices to see if buying in bulk isnâ€™t a better deal.
You can download the Stockpile Price List here to get my stock up prices on hundreds of items including unit prices that make it easyÂ to compare.
7. Take advantage of shopping rewards.
Stores such as Kmart and Kohlâ€™s offer gift card rewards for how much you shop or spend. Be sure you keep track of your spending and keep an eye on your email for when these offers arrive. You want to be sure you take advantage of the savings you have coming to you.Download the Apps for your favorite rewards programs and stores. Most Store Apps now allow you to track your rewards within the app so downloading the app is one of the easiest ways to track Â your rewards.
8. Sample generics.
Generics will always cost less, so it is worth experimenting with them. Give generics a try and see if you wouldnâ€™t mind the switch. If you donâ€™t care for the item, most stores will give you a refund on the generic variety. So basically, you have nothing to lose.
9. Shop at AldiÂ
One of my favorite stores to shop when I don’t have a lot of time to spend organizing and clipping coupons is Aldi. I can get almost everything my family needs for 30-50% less than the grocery store! Check out my list of 46 Items that We Love at Aldi!
10. Shop Less Frequently
Some of the most expensive items you buy at the Grocery store are the impulse items you add to your cart as you go through the aisles. You can save money by shopping less frequently and shopping with a list. If you typically shop once a week, try menu planning for 2 weeks and cutting down the number of times you go to the store, this will by default cut down the amount of impulse items you add to your cart. Menu Planning and using a list to shop will also help you reduce what you buy each time you go to the store.
Saving money without coupons is entirely possible. Give these tips a try and you are sure to see some significant savings.
11. Be Willing to Substitute
This is the first place most people get stuck. Just because you have always bought Tide, or Bounty or another brand does not mean you have to continue to buy those items in the future. Being willing to try new products that are on sale will help you save so much money!
12. Start a Stockpile
When you find an item on sale, especially an item you buy a lot make sure you buy enough to last you to the next sale. Typically thatâ€™s 8-10 weeks in most areas. So plan on having enough to last you for 3 months.
13. Use a Menu Plan
So many people run into the store and buy what they â€śNeedâ€ť without even making a list or looking at what they have. Start by making a menu plan based on what you have on hand.
14. Always shop with a list & Use Cash
Whew, thatâ€™s 2 hard ones all at once but the reality is a list and cash set boundaries and force you to stick to a plan. This reduces the urge to walk into a store and just start adding things to your cart and research shows you can save a lot of money by using cash and shopping with a list.
15. Watch for Sales
Most if not all items go on sale at one point or another, One of the first things you need to do is determine that you arenâ€™t going to pay full price for anything. Try to always buy when the item is on sale and purchase enough to get you to the next sale, thatâ€™s just one of the ways to ensure you arenâ€™t ever paying full price!
16. Utilize Rewards and Gift Card Deals
I know that when people first think of â€śExtreme Couponingâ€ť they think of coupons, but personally I think of sales! Buying an item on a B1G1 Free Sale will save you 50% if the Item is priced at $4 you would need a $2 Coupon (Which is rare) to save that same amount. If you are a Tide Fan, buying when there is a Buy 2 Get a $5 Target Gift Card Deal going on will save you $2.50 per bottle! Thatâ€™s more than most Tide Coupons.
17. Shop In Season
This goes without saying for most people, but some items are cheaper at different times of the year. If you eat a lot of Fresh Produce then try only buying the items on sale and in season each week. You will be surprised at all the creative ways you can use these items, it might even force you to try a few new recipes.
18. Buy on Clearance
You can find some great deals on clearance items. Especially at the end of the seasons so buy Christmas Baking Supplies after Thanksgiving, or stock up on Hot Dogs at the end of Summer and put them in the Freezer! Buying ahead and shopping the Clearance Sections are great ways to save!
What are your best tips for Shopping without Using Coupons?