Grocery shopping can get rather expensive. If you’re finding out that you just can’t keep up with the bill or you want to know of some ways to save some money, I want to give you seven tips that work for myself, as well as my family. You will find that if you implement these tips, you should be able to save a decent amount of money!
#1 Get the Sunday paper – Make an effort to get a Sunday paper as they have many coupon publications on a weekly basis. The Red Plum, Smart Source and more are the publications that you’re going to want to save. Be sure to date the coupon booklets.
#2 Familiarize yourself with CouponMom – CouponMom.com is a fantastic source that is free. Get into the habit of checking this list before you go to the grocery store. They will tell you what items are on sale, as well as what coupons you need to use in order to save big. You can get countless items for next to nothing, if not free!
#3 Join coupon message boards – There are many message boards on the net that are a fantastic resource to help you learn how to save with your grocery bill. Some of my favorites include AFullCup and FatWallet. Browse the store you shop and read the forum to see how other people are saving money.
#4 Consider purchasing your coupons – This kind of ties into my CouponMom deal. Let’s say that you see an item that is free after a coupon–like paper towels. What you can do is hop on eBay, purchase 10-20 of these coupons, and get 20 packages of paper towels for free! The only price you’ll have to pay are the coupon prices, which are often much less than the items purchased without coupons.
#5 Study the ad – If you get the advertisement for your grocery store, glance through it and check off what you need. Then, either search the coupon database on a site such as CouponMom, or search for printable coupons online. By doing so, you should be able to find something that can help you save.
#6 Join the email lists / social networks – Do you have a favorite brand? If so, be sure to join their email list, as well as join their Facebook and Twitter. To make it easier, set up a separate account to help you separate your coupons from your personal email.
#7 The store credit card – If your grocery store has a credit card, or even a frequent buyer card, be sure to sign up for this. You can save a bunch by doing this! For example, my local Meijer has credit card days where you can save up to 20%. Pay off your bill in full, and you don’t have to worry about paying anything off in terms of interest.
Saving money at the grocery store is going to take work, but what you will find is that if you take a few hours of your week aside, you can save a ton of money!
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Elizabeth Cutten helps run FindSecuredCards, a site helping people get back on their feet after getting themselves into mounds of debt![/author_info]
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