Big savings at the supermarket, without coupons!
You don’t need to be an extreme couponer followed by a team of cameramen to see savings at the grocery store! Here are some great tips to help your wallet, and your sanity!
Know what stores are having sales that week
Scan sales fliers at the beginning of every week, and compare prices. Only look for items you need that week. Always look at the front page of the ad. Most stores put mediocre sale items mixed in with the good items to make you feel as if you are getting a deal. A lot of the time these items are just “filler” items to fill the ad.
Know what you are getting before you enter the store
One of the worst things you can do is walk into a store with out a plan. Grocers tend to put the main items you need (milk, bread) at the back of the store, so you are forced to walk through their higher profit items. If you walk by it, chances are you will buy it! Make a list, and stick to it. Buying what is actually needed verses what is wanted can make all the difference.
Do not shop hungry!
Shopping hungry usually equals a higher grocery bill, and a cart full of unnecessary items. Lets face it, you feel like a kid in a candy store when you walk into a grocery store filled with food. Your eyes are diverted every which way with specials and displays aimed at making you hungry, and making you open your wallet. Shop after eating, and you will notice a difference in your bill, and possibly your waste line!
Try to shop the “off hours”
We all hate waiting in line, but sometimes you are waiting in line for a reason. Do you know why the check lanes are always stuffed with overpriced candy and interested tabloids? They are there for impulse. They are there to draw you in, and add dollars to your cart. How many times have we been in a line with an upset child over getting candy? Most people will give the child the item, and that is what the grocers want. Every dollar counts for them, and that dollar candy bar you just put in your cart to hush your child just upped their daily sales. Multiply that by the amount of people in line per day, and ChaChing! Easy sales! Try shopping when the store is at least busy, which is usually open-10 am and 8 pm – closing.
Using these tips can help you save money at the check lane, and make your shopping experience more pleasant, no extreme couponing necessary!