Not everyone has the time or the patience to be an extreme couponer. Saving money on your grocery bill can be achieved a variety of ways, and it can be done without ever picking up a pair of scissors. Save money, time, and energy by using these simple suggestions:
Shop the salesCredit: BA Caldwell
One of the easiest steps you can take when grocery shopping is picking up your store's weekly ad. This may be a newspaper insert, a flyer, or a booklet. Most of the time, your store of choice is going to have these on display near the front door, or at the customer service counter. There may be a sale on the cheese you were going to buy anyway. You may be entitled to an extra 15% off the lightbulbs you have in your shopping cart. Pick up the advertisement, and take a few minutes to glance through it. You may be missing obvious deals that a rushed or overworked cashier might not point out to you.
Most stores have certain items or categories of items on sale every three to six months. For example, as summer begins you may notice that all condiments go on sale. Or in January you may see that the organic foods section is discounted. Picking up the sales flyer helps you know what is being promoted, and buying items when they are on sale can save you money.
Get the apps
Coupons are still a great way to save money on items that you would normally buy anyway. And in this modern technological age, there are many options for shoppers. Most major grocery chains (Safeway, Target, and Walgreens for example) have apps for your smartphone that will allow you to digitally "clip" coupons that are tied to your customer loyalty (rewards) card. There are also shopping rebate or reward apps (such as Ibotta) that offer rebates on certain brands. This is an easy way to save money without having to keep track of paper coupons or flyers.
Let someone else do the work
There are countless couponing and frugal living blogs dedicated to saving at stores. These sites are run by dedicated people who do price matching and report the best deals on a consistent and frequent basis. They will clearly spell out how to get the best deal on items. These sites alert readers to "stock up prices" and the coupons available at any given moment. Checking in with these websites can let you comparison shop for your food and household items without even entering a store. They are often regionally focused, so finding one for your area may be the most relevant to you.
The bigger, more successful of these sites often have the scoop on deals that are not advertised to the general public. They also give readers previews of store ads ahead of time, including big sales events like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, etc.
Before you set out for the store, remember to set a budget for yourself. Prepare a list prior to shopping. Don't shop when you're hungry. Avoid impulse buys. These tips are the easiest ways to start saving money on your grocery bill today.