Saving money has always been important, and it is vital for families to save their cash where they can and when they can. Since the monthly food budget makes up such a large percentage of total spending for many families it makes sense to focus on the grocery store as a source of additional savings.
Fortunately there are some simple steps individuals and families can take to save money at the grocery store without sacrificing the nutritious and delicious meals those families need. By making a few small changes and integrating money saving strategies into everyday life it is possible to trim grocery bills by 50X or more without sacrificing quality, taste and flavor.
Start a Coupon Club
Every shopper knows that manufacturer coupons are a great way to save money, but most shoppers end up with lots of coupons they don’t need. Instead of throwing out those unwanted coupons, why not swap them for coupons you can use. Starting a coupon club is a great way to get the coupons you need while sharing the ones you don’t.
Many workers have set up successful coupon clubs at the office simply by dedicating a small portion of the break room to the purpose. Interested employees can bring their unwanted coupons and look through the ones others have donated. Neighbors and friends can also start their own coupon clubs to share in the savings.
Internet coupons can also be a source of great savings, but not all grocery stores accept them. If your local grocer takes internet coupons be sure to sign up at the manufacturer’s website. Many manufacturers routinely issue high value coupons, or even coupons for free products, especially when they have a new product to promote.
Sign Up for Your Store’s Frequent Shopper Card
These days most major grocery store chains, and many smaller grocers as well, have created their own reward programs and frequent shopper cards. These shopper cards can be the source of great savings, and some great coupons as well. Many stores provide weekly bargains that are only available to those with the cards. These weekly specials are a great opportunity to stock up and save money.
Many frequent shopper programs also provide a way for consumers to earn points toward free items like Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas hams and more. These savings can really add up, and they are a great way to save money on things you buy every day.