For many families, groceries are one of the largest monthly expenses. Unfortunately, you can't always cut costs on groceries just by buying less - you still need to feed yourself and your family. If you feel like you are spending too much on food each month, you will be glad to know that there are some surprisingly easy ways to save money on groceries - and they don't involve clipping coupons! Keep reading to learn more.
- Plan your trip ahead of time. Nowadays there is an app for everything and there are many apps that can help you save money on groceries. For example, Retale is an app that shows you weekly ads from local stores so you can see who has the best deal on the things you need - you can even search for specific items. Then, just plan your trip around those deals!
- Using cash back cards. If you are going to be spending money anyway, you might as well be earning rewards! Many banks and credit card companies offer cards with unlimited cash back on all purchases at a certain percentage, plus additional savings on popular categories like groceries. Just make sure that the card you select doesn't have any hidden fees that might end up costing you money.
- Earn cash by taking pictures of receipts. There are a number of mobile apps that offer you rebates on some of the items you purchase most. For example, Ibotta is an app that has users take pictures of certain items on their receipts in exchange for rebates. As long as you keep buying the items you were already going to buy, you could earn some money back.
- Know which days to shop. Sometimes you can beat the crowd or get first pick of fresh produce simply by knowing which days certain stores restock their shelves. Many stores release their weekly flyers on Wednesday so that is a good day to shop if you want first pick. You can also save by shopping at the end of the day and taking advantage of manager clearance items that are set to expire the next day.
- Shop local or online. Big grocery store chains often sell the same items as local grocers but at a higher price. All you are really paying for is the name brand, though there may be store-brand items that are exactly the same. If you have trouble with impulse shopping, buying your groceries online could save you a little money since you'll only buy the items you really need.
- Don't go overboard on perishables. When purchasing fresh produce, meat, dairy products, and other perishables it is important to be practical - only buy as much as your family is going to use before it goes bad. Many families waste a lot of money by stocking up during a sale but then they aren't able to use everything before it expires.