Do you wish you could save money at the grocery store but lack the time, organization, or desire to be a coupon clipper? There are many ways you can save money at the grocery store without using coupons.
Clipping coupons can be time-consuming, all-encompassing, part-time job. Yes, you can get great savings, but what do those savings cost you? Here are 10 Ways to Save Money on Groceries Without Clipping Coupons.
I love the digital coupons at Kroger because I don’t have to clip them or remember to bring them. I just load them onto my card and they are automatically deducted from my total at the time of purchase.
I shop based on the weekly sales flyers. I only buy the meats, produce, and grocery items that are on sale. Building your menu around items that are already on sale is an easy way to stretch your grocery budget.
These markdowns can vary between marked down meat to discontinued items to products whose packaging is going to change. They are all offered at deep, deep discounts with a minimum of 50% off. It’s truly the only way I buy meat. The meats are marked down shortly before the “sell by” date. I cook it immediately or freeze it immediately.
Pick one store
Shop where prices are typically lower overall. We all have that one grocery store that offers cheaper prices overall. It will save you time and money over driving around to multiple stores to pick up just a few items on sale at each.
Stock up when on sale
When you do see an item on sale, especially if it’s deeply discounted, it’s a smart idea to buy a few or as many as you can fit into your budget. That way you don’t have to pay full price when you need it. This works especially well if there is a long time before it will go on sale again.
Skip name brands
There are very few name brand items that I buy. For the most part, I’ buy only store brands. If there is a quality issue, I will buy the name brand, but for 90% of the items, I don’t taste the difference nor does my family. This can save you anywhere from 10 to 50%.
It’s best to buy produce (including fruits and vegetables) during their picking season. They’re much cheaper because they can be sourced locally. Certain items can be extremely expensive (as much as double) off-season because there is a lower supply and there are added shipping costs.
Buy in bulk
Buy as much as you can afford. Larger packages cost less per unit because it does not require additional packaging. The brand or department will give you a steeper discount or better price because you are taking more of their inventory off of their hands.
Leave the kids at home
I don’t know about you, but I always spend more money when I take my kids to the grocery store with me. They either slow me down or either they ask for something that was not on my list. So do whatever you have to do to leave them at home, go while they’re in school, or make arrangements for them to be with someone else.
Don’t shop hungry
One of the surest ways to guarantee that you will spend too much money in the grocery store is to go on an empty stomach. When you are hungry everything looks good. You will come home with more snacks, more items that were not on your list, and the less healthy items.
There you have it – 10 Ways to Save Money on Groceries Without Clipping Coupons.
How do YOU save at the grocery store without using coupons?