Saving Money on Groceries

Save Money, Even Without Coupons

Some pointers by Jessie Alonzo:

Many people don’t want to coupon or stockpile — but they still want to see their grocery bills shrink.

While you won’t see dramatic savings, your grocery bills can go down with a little savvy shopping. I have four tips that will reduce your grocery bill without a single coupon or stockpiling: Shop the sales. Without a stockpile of items purchased at their lowest price, you’ll need to buy everything for a week, or longer, during each shopping trip. The best way to reduce the cost at the register is to buy items when they are on sale. Plan your meals around these items. If ground beef and whole chickens are on sale, then use those as the featured items this week. If apples are on sale, choose them instead of pears.

Price matching. This is an amazing way to get all the deals from all the stores in one place. Walmart and Target will price match the advertised sale prices of other stores. Simply take the sales flyers for the grocery stores, which are distributed in the Wednesday Winston-Salem Journal, and the drug stores, distributed in the Sunday edition, to either store. Price match the lower prices for the items on your grocery list. This way you can get a super deal on bananas from Food Lion, an amazing deal on pork chops from Lowes Foods and the sale on rice at Harris Teeter — all at one store. Each store has different rules and requirements. They are available on their websites or in store.

Avoid impulse purchases. These can add up to be the most expensive things in your cart. The worst places for impulse purchases for me are the bakery and the checkout line. The aromatic baked goods are often at the front doors of the store. They can make my mouth water, which can lead to more impulse buys. The checkout line is another problem. Standing there waiting for others to finish their transactions, I am surrounded by drinks, candy and trinkets.

Pay attention to the unit prices. Bigger isn’t always better. Check the unit price listed on the shelf tag. Compare the unit prices between brands. You might find significant savings. At the same time, stores may only put one size of a product on sale. Often, the bigger product will be put on sale at a price that is cheaper than the smaller version that is still at the regular price. Get more for your money and take a few seconds to check the unit prices.
Paying attention in the store and making savvy shopping choices will reduce the cost at checkout even without coupons.

Paying attention in the store and making savvy shopping choices will reduce the cost at checkout even without coupons.

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