Saving money at the Grocery StoreA major expense that everyone has is food. Seems like we just can't get enough of it. So how do you get the best deals and minimize the spending? Coupons? Costco? Walmart? Whatever the answer is, it will require you to be proactive and for many people with busy active lives that's not always easy.
IF you do have the time and engergy, here are some ideas to save money:
- Buy foods that are on sale. Duh! right?!! Plan your weekly menu around the foods that are on sale that week. For example if tuna, milk, and beans are on sale, put them all in a blender and dinner is served!...you get the idea. If an item is on sale at a really good price, then get a lot of it and have the extra as food storage.
- Coupons -- I've used coupons.com and there are a ton of other sites that have coupons. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of coupons because it takes too much time and the coupon items are usually for foods I don't buy.
- Price match at walmart -- Def my favorite method. I've found that this is the easiest way to save a lot of money. First make your grocery list, then when you get your weekly ads in the mail go through them and find the lowest priced foods that match your list. My experience is that walmart makes it very easy and fast to price match. As you check out just tell them the price of the item and they'll adjust it. They usually don't ask any questions, but bring your ads just in case they want to see the ad (walmart's website does say you DO NOT have to have the ad though). I've even had the cashier price match items I didn't ask to be priced matched!
- There are some websites that will compare prices for you online which can be helpful. The only one that we've tried is www.dealstomeals.com. It worked great, but there is a $5 monthly fee.
- Pay with a credit card that gives cash back -- Sallie mae has a card that will give you 5% cash back on your groceries. American Express also has a card that will give you 6% cash back, but there is an annual fee of $75.
P.S. If you live here near Phoenix and Glendale, you may consider shopping at a grocery store in PHOENIX instead of Glendale because you won't have to pay sales tax in Phoenix.
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