My group on facebook, A Second Helping of Wellness… with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith – https://www.facebook.com/groups/asecondhelpingofwellness/ has come through again! Last Monday I asked them to share their best shopping tips with my blog readers. In this economy we all need help – at least I know I do!
- Coupons! Always coupons! And if you have a coupon that doesn’t have a specific size and it’s not on sale, always get the smallest one. It saves you more per ounce.
- Beware of freebie sites on the internet. Once I joined one of those and requested a few things and my computer ended up with all sorts of problems. Is getting a virus on the computer worth getting a few freebies sent to my door? No.
- Be cautious about where you get coupons online for the same reason. Some sites are notorious for either swamping your computer with spam or sending viruses. Again, weigh your options and you’ll find it’s not worth the grief.
- Keep in mind that Walmart has price matching. If you see an item advertised elsewhere for less money, clip the ad and take it in to Walmart. When you check out, show the cashier the ad and they will honor that price.
- Try RedLaser to scan bar codes while you shop. It compares prices at nearby stores so you can find the best deals.
- Do you make several trips to the pharmacy? Next time take a look around while waiting for the medicine. Often the prices on nonperishables like crackers are lower than grocery stores.
- Staple items like cereals, flour, rice and coffee are often less expensive at Supercenters like Target or Walmart.
- There are cooking websites that allow you to type in the ingredients you have on hand. The sites generate recipe ideas using only those foods so they don’t go to waste and you don’t have to make an extra trip to the store.
- Remember that frozen foods are just as nutritious as fresh. When your favorite vegetables and fruits are out of season, you can find them at the frozen food aisle.
- If you go to a farmer’s market just before it closes, the sellers might be willing to negotiate prices on items they don’t want to haul back home.
- Sales run in six or eight-week cycles. Scan circulars for deals on foods that won’t expire, and buy enough to last a month or two until the next sale.
- A lot of times, I see something I really like in store, but can’t afford. I go on Ebay and often find it for a fraction of the cost, even with bidding wars. Eg: Lacoste polo shirts usually $90+ in store ~ I can find them for around $15 including shipping for like new, pre-owned on Ebay.
So you see, it really is possible to save at the store if you can wind your way around all the hype and see your way clear to the common sense ways of saving at the grocery store. 🙂