8 Tips for Saving Money on Groceries Without Using Coupons
As much as I love coupons and save a bunch of money each month using them, I do realize that not everyone wants to be bothered clipping little pieces of paper, keeping up with these papers and then finally remembering to actually use these little pieces of paper. Clipping coupons is not for everyone, BUT you are in luck. There are plenty of ways you can save money even without using coupons.
- Shop the sales. Make it your goal to never pay full price for anything. Buy one get one free (B1G1) sales are the best, because it is an automatic 50% off. Stock up when things are on a great sale so that you don't have to pay full price next week.
- Be willing to shop at different stores to get the best sale prices. You can still limit yourself if you would like to a certain number of stores, but store prices vary quite a bit. By taking advantage of this you will most certainly save money. I alternate which stores I shop at each week based on who has the best sales.
- Make a list before you go and stick to it. Impulse purchases are where the store wins every time. They count on making money off you in this area. Beat them at their game and only buy what is on your list. The exception to this is #5.
- Go through your pantry and fridge before you make your list and plan your meals around what you have first, then what is on sale, then the remainder of what you need to complete your meal plan for the week.
- Look for manager special discounts. Produce, meats and dairy products all get marked down as they are approaching their expiration dates; take advantage of this and save lots of money. Meats especially freeze very well. If you notice something that is at or past its expiration, but isn't marked down, ask someone to mark it down for you. They are usually happy to do this, as it means they don't have to throw out the product and still get some money for it.
- Shop the store brands. Store brands are typically cheaper than name brand products and are usually a very good knock-off of the original. Most stores have a policy that if you don't like a store brand item you can return it for your money back. It is certainly worth trying a cheaper brand.
- Don't shop when you are hungry. This quickly leads to impulse purchases (don't ask me how I know), so have a snack or meal before you head out.
- Limit the number of times you hit the store each week. Every time you walk through the doors you are tempted by numerous impulse purchases that we all know are hard to avoid. If you limit yourself to one trip a week, you will cut down on those tremendously.