How To Save Money at the Grocery Store (Even Without Coupons)

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When it comes to saving money at the grocery store, I will be the first one to admit that coupons really aren’t for everyone.  They just don’t work for some people and I completely understand that.  There are some things you can do, however, even if you don’t have time (or a desire) to clip those coupons. Of course, if you do clip, these are just some additional things you can do to increase your overall savings!

Stick to store brands.  There is as common misconception that store brand means lower quality.  This is not true.  In fact, the majority of store brands are the exact same name brand product, just with a different label on the front.  Stores don’t have time to make their own processing plants and foods, so they work with major retailers and are able to market the same product under their own name.

Shop high and low.  When you shop, the most expensive products are usually placed at eye level.  You will often find less expensive items on the very top or lower shelves.  Just shop these areas to look for the best deals as they really may not be right in front of you.

Avoid the endcaps.  Just because there are items sitting on the end caps of the aisles does not mean that it is necessarily a great deal.  People are drawn here and when they see items, they often assume that because they are on display, it must mean it is a good deal.  Check the original price, as well as competitor prices, to make sure that it really is a bargain before you buy it.

Don’t fall for sales gimmicks.  There are some common gimmicks stores use to help trick you into spending more.  Here are 2 you will want to watch for:

  • Buy quantities for a set price.  For example, if you see something priced at 2/$5, you do not have to purchase 2 of them, you can buy one. You will need to watch the store ad as if they require a multiple purchase, it must be in writing.
  • Purchase limits.  When you see “limit 3″ next to a display, it makes you think that if there is a limit, it is a must have item and you need to get your limit.  This is a common tactic used to lure you into spending more.

Shop the right day of the week.  Many grocery stores offer “short-sales” which are one, two or three day sales.  If you shop on one of these days, you will not only get those additional discounts, you will also get the regular weekly deals as well.  Doing this will put you in the store just one day a week which can absolutely help you save money over shopping several times a week.

Make a menu and a list.  If you don’t know what you will cook for the week, you won’t have the items you need for your meal, resulting in additional trips to the store (where you may purchase other items you don’t really need).   By planning a menu and a shopping list, you not only know what you will need to purchase at the store, you’ll feel more organized and less rushed when you get home from work and need to prepare dinner.  You might check out my menu plan and shopping list forms.

If you can, shop alone — on a full stomach.  I find that I stick to my list and do not add in additional items (aka spending more money) when I can shop alone.  I realize that this may not be an option for a lot of families, so just make sure that you shop once everyone has already eaten as you’ll be less likely to buy on impulse if your stomach is not rumbling.  You can also ask your kids to help you find certain items on the list, which will keep their minds on what you need and they will be less likely to notice other items in the store.

Shop in Season.  When you shop produce, only purchase the in-season items.  For example, black grapes are in season during the summer months.  Sure, you might find them during the winter months, but you will pay a premium as they are more difficult to get into your store.

What tips do you have to add to this list?  Please share them below by leaving us a comment!

Bisquick As Low As $0.90 at Walgreens

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Another deal running as part of the Walgreens 4 Day Sale is Bisquick, 20 oz 2/$3.   You can actually pick this up for just $0.90 a box!!

Bisquick, 20 oz, 2/$3 (or $1.79 if you buy just one)
2 - $0.60/1 Bisquick Original printable
or 2 - $0.50/1 Bisquick printable 
Final Price: 2/$1.80 or $0.90 each

3 Women’s Tees for $11.98 Shipped

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Tanga has another great deal for you again!  You can order 3 Women’s Tees for just $8.99 + $2.98 shipping for a total of $11.98.  That makes your tees around $4 each – shipped to your front door!

The thing you need to know is that the colors you receive will be random, but for $4 each — does it matter! ;-)

Visit Tanga to get your order placed!

New Ajax Laundry Detergent Coupoon = $0.50 a Bottle at Walmart

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Print this coupon to save $2.00 off of one Ajax Laundry Detergent and then head to Walmart.  They sell the 39 load bottles for $2.50 each, making it just $0.50 after the coupon!

Ajax Laundry Detergent, 39 loads, $2.50
$2/1 Ajax Laundry Detergent coupon
Final Price: $0.50.

Thanks Coupon Pro!

WalMart Deals For $1 or Less

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Below you will find some of the great deals at WalMart, for $1 or less! Remember, sometimes the coupons and prices can vary from region to region. Don’t forget to check out our full list of Walmart Weekly MatchUps.

FREEBIES / LESS THAN $1

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Carter’s & Osh Kosh B’Gosh: $6 Deals + Up to 20% off of Your Purchase

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Two of my favorite stores for my kids clothes are Osh Kosh b’Gosh and Carter’s.  I’ve never been disappointed with the quality of their clothes – they are made very well (and held up through many washes).

Right now, you can find some great deals at both of these stores!

 

*Code excludes clearance, doorbusters and gift cards.  Valid through April 30, 2014.

Free Kindle and Nook Books for April 17, 2014

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Here is today’s list of FREE Kindle and Nook Books for April 17, 2014! Remember that you do not need to own a Kindle to read these books. You can download the free Kindle app to your tablet, smartphone or other electronic device and can read any Kindle books.

** These books are all free as of the time we do the post.  Prices change quickly on Amazon, so if you don’t see that it is free, that is why.  Just make sure you check the price before you download.

FREE KINDLE BOOKS

 

Children

 

Romance

Mystery / Thriller

Fiction

Non-Fiction

 

FREE NOOK BOOKS

 

Romance

Fiction

Mystery / Thriller

**Prices and availability subject to change. Make sure you confirm the price prior to purchase. If the price noted above differs from what you see on line, it simply means that this deal has expired since the time it was posted.

If you happen to inadvertently purchase a Kindle which is no longer free, you can get a refund.  Learn more about Kindle Return Policies.

40% off of Kid’s Apparel + $5/$25 Purchase at Target (Today Only)

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Hurry on over and grab this new Target Cartwheel coupon to save 40% off of Kid’s Apparel, sizes 4 – 16 – valid today only (April 17th).

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There is also a Target Store coupon for $5 off of a $25 or more purchase you can use WITH this Cartwheel offer!  You can text APPAREL2 to 827438 and get it on your phone, or you can print one out HERE.

Here are some deal ideas for you:

 

4 Kids’ Graphic Tees, $28 ($7 Each)
$5/$25 Purchase coupon
PLUS
40% off Cartwheel Offer
Final Price: 4/$9.20 or $2.30 each

1 Kids’ Shorts, $12
2 Kids’ Tees, $14
$5/$25 Purchase coupon
PLUS
40% off Cartwheel Offer
Final Price: All 3 for $12.60

Earth Day 2014 Freebies and Deals

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Earth Day is coming up soon — April 22nd.  Some retailers offer freebies and discounts on this day.  Below you will find the most recent list of the offers you might find close to where you live!

 

Disney Store. On Apri 22nd, you can get a FREE Disneynature Bears Reusable tote when you bring in 5 plastic bags. This offer is available while supplies last (at participating locations). Call your local store for details.

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EVOS. On April 22nd, you can get a FREE Organic Milkshake! No coupon is required. Find a location near you HERE.

National Parks.  You can get FREE entrance to National Parks on April 19th – 20th.

Pottery Barn Kids.  Stop by your store the week of April 21st to have fun with an eco-inspired treasure hunt.  If you find all items, you will receive a FREE plantable bookmark.  Find a location near you here.

 

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Wegmans.  The first 300 customers at each store, who bring in clean, dry plastic bags, will receive a coupon valid for a FREE reusable shopping bag.  This promotion will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  Find a Wegmans near you here.

More Earth Day Freebies:

Coloring Pages for Kids
Activity Sheets

It is always a good idea to call ahead and make sure you location is participating in these events (before you head out to try to get them).

Crazy 8: Buy 1 Get 1 For $0.88

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Now through Sunday, April 20th, when you buy one regular priced item at Crazy 8, you can get a second one for just $0.88!!!  Standard shipping rates apply, which is a flat rate of $5 (unless you spend $75 or more and then it is free).

Visit Crazy 8 and start shopping!!!