10 Ways to Save on Groceries Without Clipping Coupons!

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Clipping coupons is a great way to save LOTS of money, but it is also a time investment.  If you just don’t have the time or you don’t choose to use coupons, there are still ways to save!  Check out out top 10 ways to save on groceries without clipping coupons. You can use one or all!

  • Use digital coupons!
    • Available at lots of stores
    • No clipping! No storing.
    • A lot of the same coupons as in the inserts or IP.
    • No extra time at the register.
    • Easy to make a shopping list with your saved coupons in most cases.
    • Cons – you can only use them once.
  • Stock up on loss leaders!
    • Check the front pages of your local grocer’s ads for their best deals which are often priced lower than what you’d pay with coupon savings.
    • Stock up enough for your family’s needs for 3 months.
      • As an example, my hubs loves Nature Valley Granola bars.  They’re regularly priced $2.99 at most box stores.  About every 3 months or so, Tom Thumb does a “Buy 4, Save $4” sale which has them for $1.49 each when you buy 4.  Without using any coupons, I can save 50%!  Since K goes through about a box a week, I buy 12 boxes.
  • Shop at Aldi or other discount savings stores.
    • High quality products at great prices (most are made by the same name brand)
      • In the example above, I can get granola bars that taste exactly like NV for $1.99 any day.
    • Fantastic produce deals
    • Great clearance buys – look for the signs reduced by hand for the best deals.
  • Shop in the morning.
    • Most grocery stores mark down perishable items in the AM.
    • Get up to 70% off meats and bakery items.
  • Buy online.
    • Skip the grocery store for some items – like vitamins.
    • Shops like Puritan’s Pride offer hot deals like Buy 2, get 3 free with free shipping that drops the price on popular vitamins to less than $2 a bottle.
  • Subscribe & Save!
    • Target and Amazon both offer great subscription programs that offer instant savings.
    • You can “clip” e-coupons to save even more.
    • Target lets you also take advantage of their special gift card buys.
    • Free shipping!
  • Make a meal plan based on the weekly ad.
    • Shop the sales ad for the items with the biggest savings
    • Buy only seasonal fruits and veggies
    • Look for meat sales.  When there is none, plan a vegetarian week.
  • Skip the pre-packed or frozen veggies and opt for seasonal produce.
    • You can buy the $2.99 bag of pre-mixed salad or buy a head of lettuce for less than $1.
    • Frozen veggies/fruit can offer nice savings, especially during off-seasons and on 10 for $10 sales.  If the produce is in season, though, look fresh first.  For example, a bag of frozen strawberries is over $3, but they often have them for $.99 a clamshell in the summer.
    • Pack them up yourself!  If you get a super-hot deal and you have some freezer or cupboard space, preserve those hot produce buys for later.  Ziplocs and strawberries can give you inexpensive smoothies way past when they’re in season.
  • Make sure to watch unit prices.
    • Not all family packs are a great deal.  Compare to regular size packs and see which one offers the best price per unit.
    • Vice versa- sometimes the family packs are the best buys.  Waffles are a great example.  You can pay $2.50 each for a box of 8 waffles or grab the family 24-pack for $5.  That’s like getting the 3rd box free!
  • Use common sense to get the best deals at select times of year.
    • When do you think would be the best time to buy a case of cream of chicken soup at its cheapest price?  If you guessed Fall or winter, you are right on the money.  Most items in the grocery store have seasonal lows. If you have it in your budget, buy enough to last all year.
      • Summer- Barbecue and picnic items – ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, relish, pickles, etc.  Find great buys on ice cream, powdered drinks, and, of course, seasonal produce.
      • Fall- Back to school items like snack foods and convenient breakfast or lunch items.  Around Thanksgiving, look for deals on stuffing, turkey, canned goods, dessert pies, and baking ingredients.
      • Winter- baking goods, canned goods, pantry staples, soups and after New Year’s, you can get deals on healthy foods and low-cal frozen meals.
      • Spring-  Candy deals after V-day, frozen foods all during March, chips and snacks around Super Bowl Sunday
    • Keep a price book if you can.  While you will get year-round lows during the times mentioned above, most store have quarterly low prices.  If you can’t afford to buy a year’s supply, watch and wait for those quarterly low prices.

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