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Tips to Save at the Grocery Store

The smartest shoppers know that saving money is more than luck. When shopping for groceries, it’s about having a game plan and making smart decisions about what to put in your cart. Here are some grocery saving tips to help you become a smart shopper so that you can help your family eat healthy – and save money.

Great tips to help you save at the grocery store

Make a shopping list for all the items you need. A grocery list app can help – be sure to read our Top 5 Grocery List Apps. When you’re in the store, do your best to buy only the items on your list. And to help you do that…

Don’t go to the grocery store when you are hungry. Shop after a meal or eat a healthy snack before you go. Shopping hungry can lead to impulse buying and unhealthy food choices.

Read the sales flyer. Sales flyers are usually released mid-week and can be found at the store’s entrance, in the newspaper, or on store websites.

Use coupons – but only for items that you know you’ll use. If you don’t need an item right away, save the coupon and see if the item goes on sale.  Visit Couponing Basics for more.

Look up and down for savings. Stores often stock the priciest items at eye level. You can save big by looking at the upper and lower shelves too.

Check for store brands. Most stores offer their own brand of products that often cost less than name brands. You will get the same or similar product for a cheaper price. If your grocery store has a membership card, sign up for even more savings.

Grab from the back. Stores typically stock shelves from back to front, placing the newest items behind the older ones. Reach in the back for the freshest items especially in the produce, dairy, and meat aisles.

Ask for a rain check. If a sale item has run out, ask the store for a rain check. This allows you to pay the sale price after the item is restocked.

Join your store’s loyalty program. Most stores offer a free loyalty program. Get special offers and discounts that non-members do not.

Choose the checkout lane without the candy, especially if you have kids with you. If the candy is not within arm’s reach, you’ll be less likely to buy it.

Think outside the grocery store. Farmers markets and farm stands can be great options for picking up fresh produce at a discount.  Check the National Farmers Market Directory for locations near you.

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