How to Save Money on Groceries and Earn Money at the Same Time
Easy Ways to Save on Groceries
My family uses several methods to save money on groceries like coupons and price matching. I will outline a few methods below that you can easily implement yourself.
Food is one of the areas that people spend the most money on, so saving in this area isn't hard. You will be surprised how much money you can save on groceries, especially if you aren't planning or paying attention to your grocery budget at this time.
Save Money Before Leaving the House
1. Examine the Flyers
We have flyers delivered to our house each week. The flyers are for the stores in our area, so we know what is on sale close by. We go through each flyer and write down what we plan to buy and the sale price for each item, sorted by store. I am surprised that some stores have an item at their "sale price", while another store offers that item for cheaper at their "regular" price. I think some stores like to inflate their prices to catch those of us that aren't paying attention.
Sometimes we get coupons with the flyers. It seems old school, but we cut out any coupons that we could use at the grocery store. Why not save 50 cents or a dollar on something you will buy anyway.
Don't get sucked in though. Sometimes you may feel like buying something simply because it is on sale or it's a good deal. If you don't need it, don't waste your money on it. I find this with the Checkout 51 app, they seem to be pushing certain products and I don't see any way to find coupons for other related products.
The Flipp App
The Flipp app is a flyer application for Android and iOS. I use it every week to search for deals in flyers I may not receive at my house. I also use it to show the cashier when I am price matching.
2. Make a List
We sit down together as a family and discuss the meals we would like to eat for the week. Then we come up with a grocery list based on the meal plan. Having a plan in place makes it more efficient when shopping and tends to keep us away from spontaneous purchases.
Now we highlight any sale items found in the flyers that match our meal plan. For those times when we can't decide what we feel like eating, I have created a spreadsheet that contains a list of meals we eat on a regular basis. My list of supper meals currently has 38 items.
We usually already have a shopping list on the go. We frequently start a list as the week goes on, listing staples and other items that we run out of or think we may need for the upcoming shopping trip. It really is a good idea, I don't know how many times we have been at the store and asked each other "Do we have any of this left at home?"
3. Search the Internet
I also have a quick look on the Internet for anything that I may get on sale at places like Amazon. I also use mobile apps such as Checkout 51 and Flipp. I'm sure there are many other apps that do the same for both Android and iOS.
If I can save money on some items at Amazon that works out great for me. Not only do I save money on the purchase price, but I also save money on gas because I don't have to drive to the store. Don't forget how much time I save on top of all that!
4. Hit the Stores and Price Match
Now we head to the grocery store(s) and pick out our food. We take the flyers along with us for reference. A couple of the grocery stores near us also do price matching, which is great because we can save time and gas by getting most of our items in one location.
We also save some money and head to our local farmer's market. There we can pick up fresh meat and produce from the local farmers. By doing this, we can buy local and help the environment, we get a chance to support our local businesses, and we usually save money buying directly from the farmers. Plus, the food is super fresh!
Interestingly, a few times I have found an item at the grocery store that was priced cheaper than anything that was advertised in any of the flyers. Score for me!
Other Money Saving Suggestions
Here are some other ideas for saving money on groceries.
Head to the bulk buying stores like Costco. Our local grocery store had pop on sale but when I got to Costco, I was able to cut that sale price in half by buying in bulk.
Only buy what is in season. Usually, fruit and vegetables are more expensive when they are not in season. Sometimes they don't even taste as good because they are out of season.
Buy no name brands when you can. Some no name foods just don't taste right, but the foods that you do like can be considerable cheaper in the no name version.
Don't forget those physical coupons. It may seem silly to cut out and carry around a bunch of coupons, but saving money is always worth it.
Stock up on non-perishable items when they go on sale. Things like toilet paper can get some serious discounts and it won't go bad.
Cook a meatless meal one or more days per week. Have you heard of Meatless Monday?
Don't forget your Points card. I have a Mastercard that gives me money back on all of my purchases. I also have 2 or 3 more loyalty cards that give me points towards items thus saving me even more money.
Do you use coupons when shopping?
© 2018 Lloyd Dawson