If you are new to the world of coupons or if one week finds you too busy to plan ahead, fear not – there are still plenty of ways to save on groceries without ever clipping a coupon.
1. Sign up for the rewards programs in the stores you frequent.
This ensures that you will automatically get sale prices just by swiping your card at checkout. Also, some stores track your shopping habits and send you cash back or vouchers specifically for things you already use.
2. Eat seasonally.
Produce prices fluctuate based on their harvest season and availability. Do some research to become familiar with which fruits and vegetables are in season in your area, and avoid those that aren’t. This practice keeps only the freshest foods on your table and gives you a chance to mix things up during the year.
3. Keep an eye on sale cycles.
Items typically cycle into sales every 8 - 12 weeks, which means you want to stock up for 2 - 3 months at a time when you can. Also remember that items usually stay on sale for a week, so check the end date on sale items, if you need to stretch the budget and save those items for next week’s shopping trip.
4. Check the reduced price shelves on every visit.
The items on these shelves vary daily and can often include big discounts on anything from wines to meats to baking supplies. Sometimes a simple bent corner will put an item on the reduced price shelf, while other times it is because a perishable item is nearing its expiration date. Be strategic and use perishable products asap, or stockpile those bent boxes of tissues for cold season.
5. Take advantage of BOGO offers.
Stores sometimes offer BOGO deals on certain brands, so keep an eye on what products are made by each brand in order to maximize the buy one, get one opportunities when they come up. These sales often happen at the start of a new year or for the school season, which helps make space in your budget for some splurgy celebration items!
It’s easy to noticeably reduce your grocery bill with these few easy steps, but it’s even easier to use the Favado App to see huge savings with less effort than ever before. With Favado you know exactly where the lowest price is each week, and instantly get the savings of coupons without having to clip a thing!