Tips for saving money for grocery shopping Part 1

Papa KyKy By Papa KyKy, 12th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3nd1-01g/
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This is an article of knowledge I have accumulated in saving money while grocery shopping.

Introduction

Saving money for grocery shopping has been my passion for the past 26 years. I learned at an early age from my Grandmother how to save money by combining coupons and sales. She was stocking up on groceries long before the popularity of Warehouse clubs like Costco and Sam’s Club. I then worked in a grocery store for over 8 years, and learned many tricks from being on the inside of where most of us do our grocery shopping. Here are a few tips that I picked up over the years.

1. Make a list!

Perhaps the most important tip is to make a shopping list, and stick to it as closely as you can. Try not to wait until you are completely out of an item. Instead start looking at items that you are about halfway empty, so that you may take advantage of sales and coupons.

2 .Gather the grocery circulars!

Find the items that match up to what is on your shopping list, and then circle them. On your shopping list, notate the store that has the item that you need on sale, and notate the size of the item, and whether you need to purchase a certain quantity to qualify for the sale.

3. Clip and organize coupons

Yes, this is the most tedious part of the process, but it can save you large amounts of money in a years time. Don’t worry that you are not achieving anything like what people achieve on shows like Extreme Coupons are achieving. Not every store doubles or triples coupons. Be reasonable with your cutting. I focus on cutting one pile of coupons that I will definitely use, and another pile that I might use. Coupon cutting has become more tedious over the years, simply because the expiration dates are becoming shorter and shorter. This requires some diligence, but with patience can come savings on average of a minimum of 10% to 20%, which for many can be several hundreds of dollars a year!

4. Combine the weekly sales with the coupons that you have organized.

This is where the magic of using coupons comes in handy. This is especially helpful if you have a store that gives major savings for purchasing a larger quantity of a particular item. For example, my local Kroger store often provides an additional $5.00 off for purchasing 5 of an item. If you also have multiple coupons for the same item, the savings can be massive!

5. (for WalMart shoppers) Don’t be afraid to take those circulars to Walmart for price matching.

I admit that Super Walmart is not my favorite place to shop, but their everyday prices are often the lowest of the regular grocery stores, so it can be a necessary evil at times. These savings can be further realized if you use the price matching option, in which Walmart will match the sale prices of the grocery chains. This is especially helpful for items like Soda, in which the grocery store sales will often undercut the regular price of soda at Walmart. Walmart has taken the price matching to the next level with their savings catcher. I won’t go into the details here as you can get the full details on their website, but just know that it is another way that they will give you savings for price comparisons with other stores.

6. Experiment with using different brands.

If you have a larger pool of items that you like, you can then take advantage of more coupons and sales for those same items. The best time to experiment with a new brand is if you have a coupon and/or the item is on sale. Brand loyalty is admirable, but much more expensive. Of course, in some cases the store brand is not up to par, but at least give it a try, you may surprise yourself!

7. Don’t dismiss using the store brands.

When I was a kid, the store brands were called no frills, and were dubious in quality. Nowadays, the store brands can even be superior to the name brand counterpart. Of course, in some cases the store brand is not up to par, but at least give it a try, you may surprise yourself! In other cases, you may find that the store brand may be not quite as good as the name brand, but you may find that it is “good enough” given the savings that you have earned from the difference in cost. I like using that situation to purchase a backup item that I go through fairly quickly. The biggest savings in this area are for medications and health and beauty items. Medications especially will be up to par, because they will have the same active ingredient as the brand name medication. Any pharmacist will tell you they work just as well as the brand name. Of course you will realize even bigger savings if you have coupons and/or the store brand goes on sale.

8. Never go grocery shopping when you are hungry!

This is a sure way to pick up unnecessary extra items in the store that will not only add to your grocery bill, but probably your waistline as well!

9. Try to shop when you are alone whenever possible.

If you shop with another family member, your grocery cart will be prone to the impulse purchases of that family member. This is especially true of young children. Of course, going grocery shopping can be a very educational as well (you can teach them math skills, and get them to consider trying new items), so I would recommend taking the kids when you have a smaller number of items that you need to purchase.

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Costco, Coupons, Grocery Shopping, Kroger, Walmart

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I enjoy talking about videogames, technology, and different ways to save money.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
12th Jan 2015 (#)

Also it helps if you pay with cash only not cards because you save on the fees,and usually spend less.

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author avatar writestuff
13th Jan 2015 (#)

These are some great $$$ tips. Thanks for sharing and making readers privy to your informed experiences.

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author avatar Ken5-89
15th Feb 2015 (#)

I plan to coupon when I leave home and move into my own place.

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