I hear a lot of people say that there just aren’t coupons for the items they buy. While that may be true, there are still other ways you can save at the grocery store. Use these tips and tricks to save from 30-50% at the grocery store without coupons!
While I will use a coupon if it is in front of me, I have trouble remembering coupons or trying to make the deal scenarios work. I buy the same things every week and would rather focus on shopping the sales and save money without coupons.
Most stores have rewards programs that allow you to get lower prices just by entering your phone number at check out. I much prefer that then searching for a few coupons each week.
If you shop at Target you can take advantage of their deals for gift cards when you purchase certain items. You can then use the gift cards on your next order.
How to Save on Groceries With EVER Clipping a Coupon
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Store sales cycles repeat about every 6 to 12 weeks.
This means that the items you buy at the grocery should go on sale at least once every 3 months. Some items go on sale less often and some more often, so start watching the sales.
When an item you normally purchase is on stock up so you don’t have to pay full price a week later.
Make a list of the items you buy most, and start watching the sales flyers for those items.
Remember, just because it is on sale, doesn’t mean it is a great price. Keep a price book, if you have trouble tracking what is a good price.
Personally, I shop at different stores for different items. I have 8-10 staples I always purchase at Costco because they always have the lowest price. Things like cheese, butter, milk, and eggs are cheaper at Costco every single week.
Buy enough of a really good sale item to last you until the next sales cycle.
If you use one box of cereal per week, buy several the next time you see them on sale. That way, you never pay full price for any grocery item you purchase regularly.
This is another great reason to keep a price book. You’ll know what the best prices are at your local stores.
Watch for Buy One, Get One Free Sales.
Many stores offer these sales, even on organic and healthy items. If you snag BOGO items, you have already saved 50%. This is my favorite way to buy the more expensive produce.
I love the bagged salads, but sometimes they can be pricey. I stock up when they are BOGO’s and find the bags with the furthest expiration date. I can enjoy my specialty salads for at least a week without feeling guilty about the cost.
Buy produce in season (and freeze it if you can).
There was a recent sale at Whole Foods for $1.99 organic blueberries. That is a great price for organic fruit. I would buy one to use right away and one or two to freeze for later.
If you have little children who are picky about fruits and vegetables this can be harder to do, but I try to eat seasonally when I can. Most fruit and vegetables can be frozen (or canned if you find a great deal) so this is a great way to save on healthier foods.
Watch for clearance and mark down items!
Many stores mark down meats, produce, and milk that is about to expire, as well as other items. Many times these items have not reached their expiration date and can be frozen to use for later.
Take advantage of clearance products and save up to 50% on groceries you would normally purchase.
Don’t shop hungry.
No matter what shopping hungry leads to spending more money. If necessary, eat a little snack before you shop. You will put less in your cart and find it easier to stick to a shopping list!
What strategies do you use to save money with or without coupons?