How I Save on Groceries WITHOUT Clipping Coupons
Saving and Spending
I am occasionally posting photos of my grocery hauls on social media and friends always ask me how I save so much money on groceries. Would you be surprised if I told you I don’t subscribe to the newspaper OR print coupons from my computer? Well, it’s true! If you’re like me, groceries are one of, if not THE, biggest expenses in your budget. I am always looking to save money. However, with an infant and a full-time job, I just don’t have the time for coupons that I had before the baby. These tips will let you in on how I save 50% or more on our groceries WITHOUT subscribing to the Sunday paper, printing, or clipping coupons.
Have a “buy price” in mind
THIS is the biggest thing. Consider it your starting point. I have, in my head, a comparison list of all the things we regularly buy and about how much we should pay for them. Over the years, I have compiled this list. To start out, you can do a Google search for “buy price list.” This will help you get an idea of what prices are good prices for your area. When items hit that price, I stock up. For example, when cereal is under a dollar a box we buy four boxes. This is enough to last at our house until it’s on sale again. I pay about $1/bottle for brand name shampoo, and about $4/pack for brand name diapers. Knowing these “buy prices” keeps me from buying things that aren’t on sale.
This one is SO important. Publix may have cereal and shampoo for under a dollar this week, but you can bet their meat is NOT at a buy-price. There are certain types of things that I typically get at certain stores. I buy our meat when It’s on sale at Sam’s Club. I get household items and diapers at the drug stores. Staples like produce, eggs, milk, and bread come from Aldi. Shopping around has also helped me develop my “buy-price” list. I’m not likely to buy ground beef for $4.99/pound at Publix when I KNOW it’s on sale at Sam’s for $1.99/pound. I certainly don’t go to each store every week, instead I hit 1-2 each week depending on who has what I need on sale.
Watch the sale papers
I subscribe to the blog Southern Savers and let Jenny watch the sale papers for me! I guarantee you there is a similar blog for your area. Every week, I check to see who has what on sale. This week I got some killer deals on diapers and cereal at Publix. Thanks Jenny! Knowing who has what on sale each week lets you know when items are at your buy-price. All I do is scan her site every week so I know where to go. If there isn’t much I need on sale this week- I can skip a week. This is a HUGE time saver!
Don’t be brand specific
Allen and I REALLY used to fall victim to this one. We bought Mayfield ice cream, and Crest toothpaste. We did this not because the brand was really important to us, but just because it’s what we’d always bought. Now, we use what’s on sale. It’s pretty simple. We realized that brand really wasn’t important to us for most items.
Take advantage of loyalty programs
I know lots of grocery stores offer things like the Kroger card, where you get special prices by being a member. They often load special savings to your card. I also signed up for the Publix baby club and pet club. Now, they send me special offers in the mail. Additionally, we have a Sam’s club membership. This is where we get almost all of our meat and my protein supplements. Sam’s also offers their “instant savings” offers, which are like instant coupons. I used that recently to get a good deal on my favorite laundry soap.
This is where I REALLY save money. Publix offers store coupons that you can stack with manufacturers digital coupons. You can use paper coupons from the newspaper and online but I don’t do that anymore. It’s just TOO time consuming for me. I don’t count using Publix store coupons and digital coupons as clipping coupons because the store coupons are available in the store. As I find deals I want, I tear them out of the flyer. I load up on digital coupons at publix.com, link it to my phone number, punch that in at checkout and voila! This week, I got Huggies diapers for $4/pack by stacking my store coupons with digital coupons and in-store special pricing! A few weeks ago, I got herbal essences shampoo for $0.17/bottle using this method!!!
So there it is! How I save about 50% on our groceries WITHOUT subscribing to the paper or printing coupons. I went to Publix just a few days ago and was thrilled to watch my total go from $110 down to $65!
Do you have any tips for saving on groceries that I forgot to mention? How do you feel about coupons?
Let me know by leaving a comment below!