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No Coupons Required Grocery Shopping
You can save money by simply making intelligent choices. With that being said you do not need coupons all the time to save money on groceries.
Shop at Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart usually has the lowest prices on some items. It also has the most consistent prices out of all the grocery stores. At Wal-Mart, you don’t have to worry about loyalty cards and sales. It is proven that you can save so much more, if you choose to use coupons instead of paying their face value price.
You can save a ton of money by taking full advantage of Wal-Mart’s price-matching service. All you need to do to get the savings is show them the competitor’s flyer. They will gladly match the price for you on the items that you are looking to buy. Another great tip is the competitor’s store brand is considered the same as Wal-Mart’s store brand. This will also save you more money than buying name brand products. However, the only down fall is price-matching usually is a no-go on produce. Just like using coupons please do not price-match your whole order in the Express Lanes or when it is dinner time.
Buy in Bulk
The bulk aisles at your local grocery store are the best aisle to purchase things from. The best things to pick up in bulk are paper products, flour, sugar, and other non-perishable products.
Buying spices in bulk is a great way to save some money. Don’t get scared about the per-pound price; just remember when you buy an ounce of your spices in alone can cost you $3 to $5. So lets’ say the spice you are looking at is around $11 per pound, when you do the math it is only $0.69 per an ounce. That is a steal considering it is usually $3 to $5.
A fantastic tip is to save the jars and/or containers you already have from your spices and refill them when you run out. This is a great way to reuse the things you already have.
Don't Shop Hungry
Studies have shown that if you shop on an empty stomach you will more likely impulse buy items that you really do not need. It is best to eat before you go to the store, so you will be able to stick to what you need and not come home with items that were not on your list.
Keep Cheap, Unprocessed Food
One can save money by eating foods that are not expensive. No, that does not mean you only have to eat mac and cheese for your whole life, but I am talking about potatoes, onion, bananas and other home grown food. If it costs less than a dollar a pound, you need to have a stock of that in your pantry and fridge. This will save you from buying expensive, processed foods.
Check Your Local Outlet Store
You can save even more money by shopping at an outlet store that sells items that have scratches and dents. However, know your prices though because some stores they jack up the prices and you will be paying for the item then you will be at the other store. Also, they do not do refunds, so if you buy food that is bad you are stuck with it.
However, they are good for getting bread. They usually liquidate the bread when it gets closer to its expiration date. Most of the time you can get bread for about half the price you would have paid at the store. Overall, outlet stores can be great, but they do have their disadvantages.
Cook your own meals
Cooking your own meals will is probably one of the best money saving ideas known to man. Your grocery bill will cut in half if you start to cook your meals from home. Yes, it can be a hassle, if you have small children and a busy work schedule, but it can also save you money and be a great bonding time for your family.
These are just a few of the ways that one can save money on groceries without having to use any coupons. Yes, there is more, but for someone who is looking to start cutting their food bill down this will give a great guide.