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Five Ways to Save Money at the Supermarket

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 2

Find the Supermarket that Saves You the Most Money

 

In this economic climate, with many having lost jobs or taken paycuts, millions of households are having to tighten their grocery budgets and watch every penny. Lots of people flock to the dicount stores such as Wal-Mart and Aldi to save moeny by buying the cheaper store brands. While buying a box of no name cereal over the colorfully decorated box will save you significant amounts of money over time, you can use these tips for saving money on name brand items at higher priced stores that you may not have ever considered, which are the ones that often offer double or triple coupon days and small credits if you bring your own reusable bags.  Here are five things to consider when deciding at which grocery store you will buy your groceries on a weekly basis.

Accept Manufacturers Coupons
Possibly the most important thing in finding the supermarket that offers the largest savings is to find one that willingly accepts coupons. Another policy to check out is their acceptance of internet coupons. These are coupons that you can find online and print off by yourself. You can find them on websites that offer various coupons and also the manufacturer's website will usually have a coupon or two available.  It is usually possible to print each coupon twice per computer, by hitting your browser's back button, which you'll want to do if it's a great coupon. If you have access to more than one computer, you can do this on each computer.  Due to possibilites of fraud, some stores are no longer accepting internet coupons.

Offer Store Coupons 
It's always a plus when stores print their own money saving coupons and place them in the newspapers or in-store fliers.  The best stores to shop at are those that allow you to use both a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon on one item, thus stretching your grocery budget even further.  If you have a $2 off coupon for pound Brand ABC's cheese and the store also is offering $1 off that same brand of cheese, then you'll get a total of $3 off of the cheese.  Even better is if the cheese is on sale!  

Double or Triple Coupons
The second policy that great supermarkets have is double or triple coupon day. Some stores have a set day each week to double the face value of coupons, while others do it every single day. Low end stores do not double at all. If you can get a gallon of no name milk at the discount store for $2.99 but the higher end store sells it for $3.99 and you have a coupon for $1 off of that brand of milk which the store will double, you essenitally pay only $1.99 for the milk. Every single week you can find hundreds of scenarios like this where you end up spending less at a store that typically has a higher price but will double your coupons. Sometimes stores have a double coupon day just once a month, so it would be in your best interest to do all of your grocery shopping with coupons on that day and just stock up on items that seldom have coupons like meat,  fresh fruit and vegetables as you need them throughout the month. 

Price Matching
A helpful policy that is good to use, especially when doing most of your shopping at a higher priced store, is the price matching policy. If you do most all of your shopping using doubled coupons, but notice that the discount supermarket has bananas for sale at nineteen cents a pound whereas the store you will be at has them for thirty-nine cents a pound, you will want to take the competitors ad with you and ask to price match. This will save you the time and trouble of going to another store.  

This also works out really well during the holiday season when retailers compete with each other to offer the lowest prices on toys and holiday decorations, and usually list items at the same price but inevitably the one thing you really want is $5 cheaper at the store across town.  It's probably not worth your time and trouble to go there just to save on one item, but it is worth it to price match at the store you are going to be at.  

To avoid troubles with price matching, always make sure that you have the most current competitors advertisement, that the items in compassion are identical (it's wise to note that manufactures do make different "levels" of products for discount stores than they do for higher end retailers) and that the store you are at actually does price match.  At the register tell the cashier about the situation and be polite and patient.  It's possible that they don't know about or understand the policy or have no authority to override the price.  If this happens, ask for a manager to be called.  Try to do price matching during off peak hours and when you have a little bit of time to spare so that you and the staff don't end up frazzled when complications arise.  Once you've gotten the hang of price matching, try to always go to the cashier who can best help you and has good customer service skills.

Bag Credit
While getting a discount of $0.05 off your total for each bag you bring yourself won't net huge savings, every time you earn this nickel credit, you are getting a discount.  Additionally, you are reducing waste and setting a good example for others.  Use some of this money to invest in, or make your own, sturdy shopping bags so you always get the discount and save the planet. 

As long as you take action and use these tips you can pay up to 60% less for your food at higher end grocery stores than people who just buy generics at discount stores. If these tips are new to you, don't try to do them all at once. You'll only end up burnt out and give up on the possiblity of saving big at the grocery store. 

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Comments

Nov 17, 2011 10:39am
Shel13x
Great advice! Sadly no supermarket where I live has double coupon days! But I love the other ideas!
Nov 17, 2011 2:26pm
brlamc
Nice Article.
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