We all have to eat. But, with the rising cost of groceries, we are leaving the store with empty wallets. It’s hard to cut back on your grocery purchases, so we have compiled a fabulous list of tips to help you save more at the grocery store.
Get a Raincheck
I’m sure you’ve been there. You hear about a sale on one of your favorite foods, so you head out to the grocery store to stock up. Upon arrival, you find that the item is out of stock. When this happens, be sure to ask the cashier or store manager for a rain check on the item. This will still allow you to get the sale price once the item is back in stock.
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Shop in Season
Before you shop, do a little research to find out which fruits and vegetables are in season. You’ll pay less for in season foods than you will for items that are out of season. A little research can save you a lot of money.
Thanks to U.S. News for this money-saving info.
Buy the Store Brand
Most grocery stores have their own brand of your favorite items. Just because they don’t name brand doesn’t mean that they aren’t just as good. Store brand items typically cost less than name brand items, taste just as yummy and contain the same ingredients.
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Sign up for Ibotta
Ibotta is a popular mobile app that will give you money back just for scanning your receipts!
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Many stores are now doing price matching. If you’ve seen a product that you are buying advertised for less at a competing store, ask your cashier to price match. You’ll likely need evidence of the lower price, so bring your newspaper insert with you or have it pulled up on your phone. Make sure to try the Paribus app – it’s a price match app. Highly recommended.
Thanks to Woman’s Day for this tip.
Don’t shop at chain stores
It can be so easy to continue shopping at the same chain stores that you’ve been shopping at for years. However, these stores often charge more than discount stores. If you have an Aldi or Save-A-Lot in your town, head there first and pick up what you can. I also recommend shopping at the farmers market for fresh produce at a discount price.
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Choose products on the top and bottom shelves
Stores often place the higher cost items at eye level, so that the shopper is tempted to grab them first. Avoid this by making a conscious effort to look at the top and bottom shelves before you throw that middle shelf item into your cart.
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