New Year’s’ resolution is to save money this year? Do NOT overspend on household and food. Learn ways to save money while shopping without using coupons.
Learning how to save money can be rewarding and also challenging. Not everyone has the time and energy to work at it; however; you don’t need to learn how to coupon or even touch a coupon in order to save money. I’ve come up with ten different tips on how to save money without even using coupons!
- Shop Sales – The secret to couponing is to shop sales and then combine those sales by using coupons. You can still get name brand items on sale without using coupons, you just need to know which items are on sale at what stores to get the best deal. Once you get going you’ll learn that all sales cycles over and over so you know when you should buy which items.
For example, during the summer months and especially holidays you’ll often see things like hot dogs, ketchup, mustard, paper plates, cups etc on sale. One of my favorite apps to learn to see local sales, see which items are on sale and create a virtual shopping list is Favado. You can always add items to your list from this website under the store’s section; where you can print your list or sync to your mobile app.
- Price Match – Price matching goes along with watching sales, however, you can price match more than just groceries; stores like Walmart and Target will match prices on thousands of items from local competitors without having to actually go to that store. Visit their website for the full details on price matching policies.
- Mobile Apps – There are many rebate apps including retailer store apps that allow you to save money without technically using coupons. For rebate apps including; ibotta, Checkout51, MobiSave, Shrink, Berry Cart, SavingStar and many more allow you to scan your receipt (and in the case of ibotta you can sync your store loyalty cards) Stores like Target and CVS have mobile apps to where you can add “mobile coupons” to your card or scan at the register for extra savings. If you have a Walmart near you can use the Savings Catcher, and if there’s a lower price elsewhere you’ll get the difference!
- Buy In Bulk – If you have a large family like myself sometimes buying in bulk can be the cheaper option overall especially if something you eat a lot of produce or meats. Retailers get discounts on large quantities of items and pass those savings to their customers.
Wholesale clubs do require a private membership at an annual cost, but the savings you’ll amount will quickly cover the cost. Often times you can even get a new membership on Living Social or Groupon for half off. Also, don’t forget that some wholesale clubs offer club coupons for additional savings. For local pickup on fresh meats and chicken consider Zaycon’s Food for big bulk discounts and you can even earn credit for referring friends.
- Loyalty Cards – A lot of grocery and drug stores have loyalty cards to have their shoppers get additional savings on items in their stores. Using a loyalty card allows you to get the item at the sale price and some time is required to do so including using items like self-checkout.
- Shop Clearances – Check your store for clearance foods, clothing, and much more. Learn where to find these items in your favorite stores and you can save on expiring foods, out of season clothing and much more. My favorite clearances are after the holidays where you can stock up on candy, costumes, decorations and so much more.
- Shop Discount Stores – Stores like Aldi’s and Sav-A-Lot can help you save on items you regularly buy at even better prices. I love shopping these stores for saving on produce, milk, bread and other staples. Quality is just the same or even better just without the extra cost. Sometimes they even have “name brand” products without the high prices.
- Subscribe & Save – Amazon has a wonderful option called subscribe & save where you are subscribed to products you use frequently and get a discount if you order them ever so often. You can also subscribe to Prime Pantry where you can get a body of goodies for a certain amount a month (all items must fix in the box). I personally use subscribe & save to order my diapers I save 5% from s&s plus I get 20% discount on top of that. Another great thing from Amazon is often times they have coupons to add to your order so you can save even more!
- Watch unit prices, and compare prices on items such as meats and produces to see which items is a better deal.
- Meal Planning & Sticking To The List – Meal planning is essential when grocery shopping to avoid impulse buys and convenience foods that you simply don’t need. That way when you shop you get everything you need and nothing extra. Buying staples that you can use for multiple meals is always a good idea and you stretch it out to last. eMeals is one my favorite meal planning services that takes the planning out of meal planning.