10 Ways to Save Money While Food Shopping

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How do You Save Money While Food Shopping?

When we think about saving money on our groceries, we automatically think of coupons, sticking to our grocery list and trying generic and store brands instead of the pricey ones.

Next 10 steps will give you ten more ideas on how to save money while shopping for food.

  1. Sign up for store newsletters: Store newsletters are packed with information. You’ll find recipes, information about promotions, and even coupons. Check the stores web site for ideas on what to buy, what will be on sale and if they offer printable coupons. Also to sign up for their newsletter.
  2. Store promotions: Grocery stores and manufacturers often offer promotions to help customers save. Some of the ways to save money include free products, gift certificates and special coupons. Keep your eyes open for promotions in newspapers, on manufacturer web sites and in stores.
  3. Join saving sites online: If you have a hard time keeping up with coupons or matching them up with sales, there are websites that can help. Websites that provides a free service that allows you to compare local grocery store ads with current coupons. You can even print coupons from the site.
  4. Plan your grocery shopping ahead: It pays to plan your grocery shopping trip carefully. This includes checking your pantry and the newspapers and making a menu. It’s important that your menu revolves around what you have on hand and what grocery stores have on sale. This way you’ll use the food you already have and just buy what you need and will use that week, plus you’ll save with coupons and sale prices.
  5. Never shop for food hungry: One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to go to the store hungry. Going to the store on an empty stomach almost always leads to making several impulse buys. Instead of being seduced by the candy aisle, why not try shopping shortly after meal time? Your wallet will thank you.
  6. Check markdowns: One of the best ways to save money is to check for markdowns. Grocery stores often reduce the price of meat, produce and bakery items a few days before they expire. Most of the time, these products have a few more days left and are perfectly fine if used or frozen by the expiration date.
  7. Always check clearance section: Sometimes there are items that just don’t sell very well. When this happens, grocery stores have closeouts or place the items in a clearance bin. There is nothing wrong with them other than their lack of popularity with shoppers. Grocery stores simply need to get rid of the product to make room for another.
  8. Compare the prices per unit: Many assume that larger packages give the consumer a better price, but this isn’t always true. Carry a calculator with you to check the price per unit to make sure you’re getting the best deal. If you’re lucky, your local grocery store will provide these prices on the shelf price tag.
  9. Don’t fall for “Sales”: It’s true that grocery stores often put sale items on the end of aisles, but that doesn’t mean that everything there is on sale. Also, don’t be fooled by X for $X amount sales. The items aren’t always less expensive. Sometimes they are even marked up.
  10. Check out big stores: Your neighborhood Target and Walmart stores to warehouse stores such as Sam’s Club and Costco, merchants that don’t specialize in food or are a big supplier often have great deals available on everything from milk to pre-packaged foods.

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