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10 Hassle-Free Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Download Rebate Apps  

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Gone are the days of filling out thick piles of paperwork and waiting 6 to 8 weeks for the mailman to bring you a check for a few bucks. There are tons of rebate apps for smartphones and tablets that let you save money on groceries, and some of them send instant payments via PayPal.

You can use shopping rebate apps to get cash back on groceries, shampoo, soap, paper towels, and clothing. Some rebate apps even offer grocery savings on fresh produce, restaurant meals, and movie tickets.

The best rebate apps for smartphones include Ibotta, Snap, Checkout 51, and Shopmium. You can get rebates for groceries regardless of whether you pay with cash, credit, debit, or food stamps.

Stack Coupons 

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You don’t have to be an extreme couponer to save big with coupons. You can print coupons online, buy them from coupon clipping services, or get them out of the Sunday paper. That will help you save some money on groceries, but the real magic begins when you stack coupons.

Review your grocery store’s policy about coupon stacking before you shop. Some stores let you stack multiple manufacturer coupons for the same product, while others only let you stack store coupons with manufacturer coupons. Target is one of these stores.

Shop Endcaps       

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Some of the best deals are hidden away on endcaps. Endcaps are where you’ll find dented (but still good!) cans of food, crushed boxes, day-old loaves of bread, and discontinued products.

Your store might also have a special section dedicated to clearanced or discounted goods, so keep an eye out for that next time you shop. You can even talk to the butcher and deli department to find out if they have any products close to expiring. They might be willing to discount it and hook you up with some cheap food.

Contact Companies   

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Some companies have a section in their FAQs that claims they don’t give out coupons or samples.  However, there’s a way to get around this.

Contact a company to say that you love their products. Highlight a particular product, and explain how you and your family used it. Sometimes companies send coupons to loyal users.

Alternately, you can contact the company to complain about a bad experience you had. They’ll want to keep you as a customer, so they might offer coupons, promo codes, or samples to keep you happy.

Like Facebook Pages 

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If you’ve been wondering how to save money on groceries, head to Facebook and like the pages of your favorite brands and companies. Facebook is packed with ways to save money on groceries, from printable food coupons to contests for household items. You can even score grocery savings by sharing posts and participating in the comment sections of different status updates.

Follow Brands on Twitter   

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Not a Facebook user? Follow popular brands on Twitter to find deals for cheap foods and products.

If you like to visit online grocery shopping stores, you can often find promo codes for cheap groceries on Twitter. Some of the cheapest food prices are available online.

Plan Ahead  

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Wandering aimlessly through the aisles of your local supermarket is not the best way to save money on groceries. Review sales ads before you go, and bring a list. Check each item off as you buy it so you aren’t tempted by things you don’t need.

If an item your family eats often is on sale, buy several of them while they’re cheap. You should also consider meal planning. There are numerous meal planning websites to help you plan cheap and healthy meals for your family.

Visit Multiple Stores     

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You don’t have to stay loyal to one store when you’re shopping for cheap groceries. Visit several stores in your area to save money on groceries.

Alternately, you can ask your favorite grocery store if it offers price matching for competitors’ ads.

Buy Local   

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You can’t get cheap food if you’re constantly buying groceries from around the world – or even the country. Save money on groceries by shopping from farmers markets and other local vendors.

These vendors often offer cheap foods because the food doesn’t have to travel very far to get to you.

Eat Seasonal Produce 

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Seasonal produce is cheaper than fruits and vegetables that aren’t in season. Eat with the seasons, not against them, by devouring sweet potatoes in the fall, yacon in the winter, and strawberries in the summer. Practicing seasonal eating can help you save money on groceries each month.

 

 

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