Yesterday, in How I Save Money on Shopping for Groceries: Part One, I taught you to:
1. Plan a weekly menu
2. Shop with a list
3. Shop once a week
4. Sign up for your grocery store’s savings card
5. Know what a good price is
All simple tools that anyone can master and use to reduce your family’s grocery spending. Today we continue the series with a few more ways that I save money on our family’s grocery bill. The tips will get more into the use of coupons but still using them in a way that is simple and not time consuming. I promise you, I do not spend a ton of time doing this and I don’t think you should either!
6. Stock up when you find a great sale.
If an item my family uses frequently is on sale at a great price you better believe I’m buying it. This saves me a ton of money and doing this allows me to almost always have what I need on hand. Prices fluctuate and I know that when I run out of something we need that will be the week the price is the highest.
7. Let other people do (some of) the work for you.
Be smart, don’t try to reinvent the wheel. There are tons of websites that post all of the sales for your local grocery store as well as what coupons are available for those items that are on sale. These are called coupon match ups and they are updated every Wednesday when the stores post their sale ads. This is a really great way to save money on your grocery bill because you will almost always get your lowest price when you buy an item on sale with a coupon.
8. Know your grocery store’s coupon policy.
Every grocery store is different and it’s essential to know what the rules are before you shop. It only takes a few minutes to read it over and this will save you from having a surprise at checkout. If you are shopping with coupons you need to know if your store doubles coupons up to $0.50 or up to $0.99 or if there is a limit on the total number of coupons per day, etc. Trust me, this will save you from a huge headache and a large unexpected grocery bill.
9. Don’t spend all of your time on this!
You can save a lot of money cutting coupons and shopping around all over town for the best deals but you can also spend a lot of time doing it. You don’t need to devote your life to it and spend hours and hours each week and drive to every store that has a great deal. Yes, you’ll save money but your quality of life will decrease and is that really worth it? Start by making small changes and get comfortable with the basics. There is no need to jump in and go crazy on the first day nor is there a need to be the next Extreme Couponer. You can save a lot of money by making small changes that require just a little planning and effort. It doesn’t need to consume your life!
Want your receipt to look like mine? You can learn to shop like I do! Email me at madeinearlysville (at) gmail (dot) com to sign up for my class!
Coming up tomorrow: How I Save Money Shopping for Groceries: Part Three