Nowadays, the cost of everything seems to be going up. Not too long ago, groceries averaged $10 a bag. We seem to get less and less for our money and are hard pressed to save anything just to put food on the table. There are some tips and tricks to get your needed groceries without breaking the bank in the process.
The first thing to do is make sure you have the shopper club card for your local grocery store if there is one available. Most of the larger chains offer member savings and signing up is free. Next, check to see if your store has an app and/or website. In most cases, you can load coupons onto your shopper card right from the app. If you base as much of your shopping list on coupons and sales as possible, you may be amazed at how much you can save and still buy all of your favorite food items.
Most, if not all, grocery chains have a weekly sales circular. This is also something you’ll most likely be able to find on their app or web site. Some of the apps also have a shopping list feature, so you can select sale items and create your list or online order. If there are certain things you buy on a regular basis, look for “past purchases” and from there you can see what’s on sale if you need to buy it again. If your particular needed item is not on sale, take a look at possible substitutes that may be at a lower price, or consider altering your menu planning to include items which are on sale or have a discounted coupon available.
Another tip is, don’t spend your grocery budget all in one place if possible. If you have a few different grocers in your area, buy your items based upon what sales they have running. Chances are, you can save money by shopping around. If you don’t have time to physically go to the store, or spend time in the aisles, most grocery sellers now offer home delivery or curb side pick-up to save you the time and effort.
For example, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can get free delivery from Whole Foods (if they service your area) and the minimum purchase is only $35. Once you place your order online; you’ll get an alert by text when your shopper starts your order. You can also view the progress through your account in your browser. The shopper will let you know if an item isn’t available and will offer a substitution which you can accept or decline. Once the order is complete, you’ll get another alert and can also track your delivery on the map which will appear when your driver is on the way and let you know when your delivery has arrived. I’ve been using this service recently and I’m fairly impressed.
Ann is a professional writer who brings dedicated experience having written international and domestic news, blogs, and web content for over 20 years. She’s also a published poet and graphic designer with degrees in Business and Graphic Communications and has been a music distributor, music industry sponsorship sales director and band manager.