Looking to save more on your shopping? Let’s face it, regardless of your income or your finances, we could all probably find some additional ways to save at the check out and cut costs on our grocery shopping. If you’re looking for some ways to save on your grocery shopping, here are 5 easy ways to save money on your family’s groceries.
1. Manufacturer Coupons
Manufacturer coupons are a great way to save money, especially when you combine them with a store sale or promotion. These coupons can be found in your Sunday newspaper, printed online, or sometimes obtained other places like attached to product packaging or on store shelves. Keep these coupons in an organizer until you need the product or until you find a great deal. Some great places to find manufacturer coupons are Coupons.com, Cellfire, and RedPlum.
Tresemme Curling Spray – Price $2.99
Used $2.50/1 Tresemme Base Product from the 9-29 Red Plum Coupon Insert
Final Price: $0.50 after Coupon
Total Savings = 80%!
2. Store Coupons
Store coupons are also another great way to save, and while they can usually only be used at that particular store, they can often be stacked with manufacturer coupons for even more savings. To get store coupons watch your weekly grocery store ads and circulars, and also keep any eye on their Facebook page for special offers. If they offer text alerts, sign up there too, that’s another great way to get additional savings!
Store Brand Salad - Price $1.00
Used $0.55 off “peelie” store coupon found on bag
Final Price: $0.45 after Coupon
Total Savings = 55%!
3. Stack Coupons
Most retailers including Target, Walgreens and many grocery store chains will allow you to “stack” coupons for extra savings. Stacking coupons is using both a store coupon AND a manufacturer on the same item in the same transaction. As long as there is one of each (and not 2 store or 2 manufacturer) this is totally legal and a great way to save money. Here is how I did it for maximum savings
Progresso Soup – Price $1.49 (bought 10) = $14.90
Used store Facebook coupon – $0.79 each x10 = -$7.00
Stacked with 5 – Save $0.50 off TWO CANS any flavor Progresso Soups = -2.50
Final Price = $5.40
Total Savings = 64%
4. Price Match
Ever see an ad for another store and wish you could get that awesome priced item at a store near you? Chances are you can! Most major retailers and grocery chains do price match current ads of other major competitors. Just bring the ad in with you when you shop to the register. We price match several times a week and seldom have a problem. If you haven’t price matched a store before, you may want to call ahead to make sure they do it before shopping, and if you have several items, pick a slow time or slow check out since usually a manager will need to be called over to assist for approval. I usually save all the price matched items until the very end of my transaction to make it easiest to find them on the receipt too. Here are a couple examples of how I used price matching to save big at the grocery store last night.
A&W Brand Two Liters = $1.69 (Normal Price)
Price Match Competitor Ad for $1 = -$0.69
Used $0.55 hangtag coupon around neck of bottle for additional savings = – $0.45
Final Price $0.45
Total Savings = 74%
Utility Stick Lighters = $3.69
Price Match Competitor Ad for $0.99= $0.99
Final Price $0.99
Total Savings = 74%
5. Text & Digital Coupons
If you’re not ready to commit to clipping paper coupons, or just want additional coupons to take with you wherever you go, be sure to join the text and e-mail clubs for all of your favorite retailers so that you have them available on your phone whenever you need them.
Dole Bananas $0.58 per Pound x 2 pounds = $1.16
Store Text Coupon $0.28 per Pound = -$0.76
Final Price $0.56
Total Savings = 52%
What are your tips for saving on groceries?