Cutting your monthly expenses can seem like a headache. There is one place where you can save big, and have fun doing it – SHOPPING! Grocery shopping can become the highlight of your week instead of the dreaded part, all you need to do are follow some simple money saving tips that you can easily implement into any schedule or budget:
Shop the Sales
If you want to start saving money on groceries, the first thing you will have to do is start shopping the sales. How do you know if something is on sale? Use this FREE Price Point List to compare prices so you know you are getting a good deal. If you find something that is at a stock up price or a good price, get extra of that item.
Use Coupons with the sale to save even more
If you find an item on sale, and you have a coupon to go with it, you are saving more than if you were to buy the store brand. You have to watch for an item that is truly on sale (not one that says its one sale, but the price is only $0.19 cheaper). By combining the sales with the coupons, you are taking your first steps to cutting your grocery budget by 50-70%!
Get a newspaper subscription
A newspaper subscription will give you guaranteed coupons every week and this in turn will give you guaranteed savings on your grocery and household items. On average you will pay about $0.38 a paper with a subscription or about $1-$1.50 each if you buy them at the store. Most coupon users will find that they average a savings of at least $20-$30 a MONTH or more. The key is to find the sales and match your coupons to them. You can also view store matchups and other deals on coupon blogs.
Use digital coupons to save time
If you are new to couponing, gathering and organizing coupons may seem a little overwhelming. One thing that you can do to help with this is to use digital coupons if you store allows it. You simply add them to your shoppers card, and they come off when you are checking out. Make sure you look at the requirements of the coupon a head of time. Most stores also have apps that allow you access the coupons so you can view them while you are shopping.
If you find a good deal – stock-up!
There is a fine line between stocking up on what you will use over the next 6 months – 1 year, as opposed to clearing the shelves every time an item goes on sale. If you find a great deal on something, get 4-6 of that item, so that you can add it to your stockpile, but don’t get so many that you are having a hard time trying to find a place to put everything. Figure out how much you are using, and then try and determine how much you will need to stock up on for at least 4 months at a time. This is about how often the sales cycle, so you can continue getting great deals on that item.