Sometimes the grocery store is more like a maze of endless opportunities for meal time. Even if you feel like you're closely following your premeditated list, it seems you can't help but be surprised when it's time to check out. Little purchases here and there really add up to cost you a fortune, which might mean less money for family fun. Don't be a victim to your grocery store visits. Use these four savvy ways to save money and still eat well.
1. Clip your coupons
This might seem archaic, but coupons can really save you a bunch of money. If you don't receive flyers in the mail, ask for one upon entering a store. You can also access a bundle of savings on sites like The Krazy Coupon Lady. The web-based coupon generator posts deals around the clock.
Save on name-brand everything from gummy bears to plastic bags. You can even use the search bar option to hone in on deals that you're seeking.
2. Download an app
You're on your phone all of the time anyway, so why not use it to your advantage? There's an endless sea of options when it comes to budgeting. There are even apps specific to grocery shopping. Tech Crunch suggested Checkout 51 to save you money next time you're buying food.
Once you've downloaded it, take a picture of your receipt and press "e-coupons." The app will start searching for coupons on items that you previously purchased so you can use them for your next purchase. Additionally, the app offers its own deals. As stated by Tech Crunch, one example was cash back for buying bananas or yogurt. That's right - just tracking your food purchases can result in a paycheck.
3. Buy in bulk, if you can
Try to stock up on certain items if you can afford to during the time of your purchases. It's no secret that buying in bulk is typically more bang for your buck, not to mention one less thing you'll have to remember on your next trip to the supermarket.
4. Use canned goods to your advantage
Sometimes you waste money simply because a vegetable or fruit has gone bad before you had a chance to use it. Avoid this in the future by noting which items you'll need to keep for a longer period of time. Foods like corn, tuna and other little accompaniments that make a meal more flavorful might fare best if bought in canned form.
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