In this economy, families are doing everything they can to make their dollars stretch. One easy way is by using coupons and following your grocer’s sale ads. Though looking through the stacks of ads and matching your coupons while creating a weekly meal plan seems easy in theory, the task can actually be quite lengthy. The benefits, however, are great if the effort is made.
REATE A MEAL PLAN
Most grocery stores will post their ads on their online website. Using the sales ads create dinners based on what is on sale that week. For example, if a package of chicken breasts are one sale for buy one get one free then plan for your family to eat mostly chicken that week. Try to also plan meals that use the same ingredients. Using everything you buy for the one week will cut the risk of throwing out rotten vegetables and fruit.
USE YOUR COUPONS
One of the biggest pitfalls of coupons is not using them when the item is on sale, so while scouring the sales ads keep your coupons at your fingertips. Remember the more coupons you clip the more money you save. Not only can you find hundreds of dollars worth of savings in your local Sunday newspaper, but online websites like coupons.com, couponsuzy.com, Smart Source, and Red Plum allow you to clip their coupons up to two times. And don’t forget to the grocer’s website for coupons. Store coupons can be used with manufacturer coupons saving you even more money.
Moreover, you should also check out the website of your favorite stores. This is an effective way through which you can save some money. If you do not want to go through all this then dealexpert.net is there for you that enlists all the popular coupons and discount stores are offering.
If you are committed to saving the most money possible, then you want to make sure you get the best deal possible. Nothing is more annoying than seeing an item you just purchased at a different store for a lower price.
KNOW IF IT’S REALLY A SALE
Having a price spreadsheet on the items you regularly buy at several different grocery stores is a must. Though compiling one is a daunting task that can take weeks to build, knowing the price of each item will help when asking if the sale is really a deal. Sure, $2.99 is a great price on a jar of mayonnaise, but if that same jar is $2.49 at another store without a sale, then you are actually spending more money.
CAPITALIZE ON BOGO ITEMS
If you are lucky enough to find a “Buy One Get One Free” deal, jump on it. Not only are you getting two for one low price, but you can use two coupons at checkout because there will be two bar codes on your receipt.
SHOP MULTIPLE STORES
Most people don’t like shopping at multiple stores. Certainly, more stops mean more time, but as long as you have a list of items, the savings could be worth the extra twenty minutes of shopping at a different store.