Spending a Fraction of Your Normal Grocery Bill

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I’m great at clipping coupons. I carefully trim out a number of coupons every time I receive ads in the mail, stacking them neatly and putting them in my wallet. It sounds ideal, like I’ve really learned how to do this coupon thing. But unfortunately, the follow-through is where I seem to get lost. I consistently pull coupons from my wallet, about a week or two (sometimes painfully only a day) late once they’ve expired and are no longer of any use to me. So, in the recycling bin they go and the cycle viciously continues and I save absolutely nothing on my groceries.

I might be behind the times, but I’m just now discovering how cool some new grocery store apps are when it comes to saving money and not having to keep up with the obnoxious physical coupons. I first experienced this kind of unbridled shopping joy when I got the Target app, Cartwheel, not all that long ago. I use Cartwheel on a regular basis, “shopping” in advance before I go to the store and seeing which brands I can get an additional discount on. It’s extraordinarily convenient to plan this way before a big shopping trip. So you can get an advantage on your grocery / shopping bill and not have to keep up with any little slips of paper which makes this a winning combo.

Many grocery stores are beginning to develop coupon apps, which I’m thankful is catching on. Publix and Winn-Dixie both have coupon apps that can help keep you organized while you shop. Yes, we have the technology!

 

How to Spend Less on Your Groceries

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Grocery bills add up quickly, unfortunately especially so when you are trying your best to eat a healthy diet. Don’t let the grocery store get you down – keep these things in mind when shopping to help save big bucks.

Don’t Buy Something Just Because You Have a Coupon – Coupons can be great for products you know you’ll use, but if it’s something that is less important to you and you’re not sure about, skip the coupon.

Price per Ounce – Most grocery stores will list the price per ounce on the shelf label below a product. This is the best way to compare prices between competing brands. Often food items are packaged in different sized containers, so this gives products a level playing field to compare on.

Know When to Buy Organic – It is important to buy produce which is not covered in harmful pesticides, but some fruits and veggies are cleaner than others. The ones you have to worry about the most are: sweet bell peppers, apples, celery, strawberries, spinach, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, grapes, nectarines, hot peppers, peaches, and potatoes. It’s less of a risk to buy the non-organic version of the other fruits and vegetables, which saves you some money.

Buy in Bulk – I don’t mean go to Sam’s Club and buy 24 steaks at a time, but what I mean is use the bulk bins in grocery stores for things like grains, loose tea, spices, and pasta. These are almost always cheaper ways to get the same things that come in a box and you can take and reuse your own containers most places.

Buy a Few Extra When the Price is Right – If it will keep and not go bad, buy when the buying’s good.

 

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