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10 Supermarket Spending Tricks You Need To Know To Save More On Groceries

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10 Supermarket Spending Tricks You Need To Know To Save More On Groceries

Food is one of the inevitable spendings that eat out a huge chunk of your budget. Yet, you can cut down your expenses drastically without giving up on the goods you love! Try using at least a few of these smart tricks and watch your check shrinking for at least 30%.

1. Opt for bags and bundles

You do know that buying in bulk is cheap. However you always felt reluctant about dragging a truckload of food back home, especially if there’s just the two of you to consume it. Well, middle-sized multi-packs are amazingly great deals too! For instance, a bundle of 4 Dannon Activia yogurts costs 2.58$, when a single cup is typically priced around 1$. Same works with buying loose grocery vs. bagged. Five pounds of potatoes are 36% cheaper when bought bagged. This trick works fantastic with foods, soap and pet food.

Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $22.50

Money spent WITH the trick: $14.40

Money saved: $8.10

2. Grow your own herbs

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    Stop buying bundles of herbs for 2$ per item and make your living space greener instead.You neither need advanced gardening skills, nor a lot of space to set up a small garden, say on your kitchen window or porch. By investing around 5$ once, you will always have fresh fragrant herbs in stock. Plus, no extras spoiled and wasted when you decide to make a few changes in your weekly menu.

    Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $40 per month

    Money spent WITH the trick: $5 for seeds and pots

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    Money saved: $35

    3. Do your own slicing

    Yeah, you love having everything beautifully sliced and vacuum packed for you in pretty packs. However, if you are on a mission to save as much money as you can, you’ll have to do all the peeling, slicing and dicing yourself. It’s pretty rewarding as, for instance, a cut and peeled pineapple costs 5.99$, whereas the uncut one can be bought for just 3.99$. Same applies to whole chicken vs packaged, block cheese vs sliced, and much more goodies.

    Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $33.78 per month

    Money spent WITH the trick: $18.58

    Money saved: $15.20

    4. Do some reconnaissance

    Make a list of items you always buy (e.g. milk, bread, chicken, soap etc) and devote your day to analyzing the prices at a selection of stores in your area (Walmart, Target, supermarket, dollar store) to run a smart price comparison. Put all the data in a spreadsheet like this to go through it later and find out the cheapest place to stock up on the basics. Also, I would add a separate graph listing types of loyalty cards each store offers and which rewards you can get if sticking to a certain chain.

    Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $25 per week on average.

    Money spent WITH the trick: $21.25

    Money saved: $3.75 per week and 15$ per month

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    5. Shop organic … at Walmart

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      Walmart decided to be in trend this year and introduced his own line of organic products – Wild Oats Marketplace. It includes a variety of foods from canned veggies to organic chicken broth, that are 18% to 40% cheaper than similar organic goods at specialized stores and some other big-box outlets. For example, Wild Oats organic pasta sauce costs 40% less than a similar sauce at Target.

      Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $50 per month on average

      Money spent WITH the trick: $32

      Money saved: $18

      6. Check out the discount rack

      Certain products are placed in supermarket clearance sections not because they are bad, but for a number of other reasons like damaged packaging now looking not so flashy and attractive; being slightly off season – Christmas cookies are still delicious in March; or merely just because the manufacturer decided to discount them for some particular reason. Buying discounted stuff will save you at least 50% of the original price if not more. You should still double-check the expiration date though.

      Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $38 for groceries and candies

      Money spent WITH the trick: $19

      Money saved: $19

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      7. Plan menus by the ads

      Now most people first plan their weekly menu and afterwards start searching for relevant discounts and coupons. However, by doing the opposite: finding the hottest deals first and planning your meals around them would save you up to 50% of your weekly bill. Get a few shopping apps installed like Retail Me Not and SnipSnap to take pictures of printed coupons and flash them at the store. Plus, subscribe to newsletters at various stores to be the first to know when certain items go on sale.

      Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $98 per week

      Money spent WITH the trick: $60.76

      Money saved: $37.24

      8. Sign up for subscriptions

      Now there’s a certain list of goods you inevitably stock up on each month – shampoo, bottled water, laundry detergent etc. Save time and a bunch of money by opting for monthly home-delivery subscription services. Amazon guarantees up to 15% discount on your entire order, plus free delivery at your doorstep at the day you’ve selected. Target recently launched a similar service offering free delivery and 5% extra discount added to your Target REDcard discount.

      Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $120 per month

      Money spent WITH the trick: $85.20

      Money saved: $34.80

      9. Buy for 10 weeks at a time

      Did you know that sales typically run through cycles on an eight to twelve week rotation? Take advantage of this fact and stock up with discounted goods in advance. Say, you usually eat one pack of cereals per week. Get ten when they go on sale and put an extra fiver straight to your piggy bank.

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      Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $32.80

      Money spent WITH the trick: $27.80

      Money saved: $5

      10. Learn the layout

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        According to a recent study by Marketing Science Institute the less aisles a shopper visits, the less impulsive purchases they make. While those who walk around the entire shop usually end up with 68% of unplanned purchases, more determined shoppers with a clear plan in mind, usually grab less than 50% of random things to their baskets. Besides, you should avoid pooling goods from middle shelves as loads of companies pay for being placed exactly at your (or your kid’s) eye level. Don’t be lazy to squat and check out the lowest shelves or stretch up to the top where you are likely to find way better deals at lower prices.

        Money spent WITHOUT the trick: $32.80

        Money spent WITH the trick: $27.80

        Money saved: $5

        Featured photo credit: Charlotte via flickr.com

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        33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

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        33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

        In a difficult economy, most of us are looking for ways to put more money in our pockets, but we don’t want to feel like misers. We don’t want to drastically alter our lifestyles either. We want it fast and we want it easy. Small savings can add up and big savings can feel like winning the lottery, just without all of the taxes.

        Some easy ways to save money:

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        1. Online rebate sites. Many online sites offer cash back rebates and online coupons as well. MrRebates and Ebates are two I like, but there are many others.
        2. Sign up for customer rewards. Many of your favorite stores offer customer rewards on products you already buy. Take advantage.
        3. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. The extra cost up front is worth the energy savings later on.
        4. Turn off power strips and electronic devices when not in use.
        5. Buy a programmable thermostat. Set it to lower the heat or raise the AC when you’re not home.
        6. Make coffee at home. Those lattes and caramel macchiatos add up to quite a bit of dough over the year.
        7. Switch banks. Shop around for better interest rates, lower fees and better customer perks. Don’t forget to look for free online banking and ease of depositing and withdrawing money.
        8. Clip coupons: Saving a couple dollars here and there can start to add up. As long as you’re going to buy the products anyway, why not save money?
        9. Pack your lunch. Bring your lunch to work with you a few days a week, rather than buy it.
        10. Eat at home. We’re busier than ever, but cooking meals at home is healthier and much cheaper than take-out or going out. Plus, with all of the freezer and pre-made options, it’s almost as fast as drive-thru.
        11. Have leftovers night. Save your leftovers from a few meals and have a “leftover dinner.” It’s a free meal!
        12. Buy store brands: Many generic or store brands are actually just as good as name brands and considerably cheaper.
        13. Ditch bottled water. Drink tap water if it’s good quality, buy a filter if it’s not. Get 
            a reusable water bottle and refill it.
          • Avoid vending machines: The items are usually over-priced.
          • Take in a matinee. Afternoon movie showings are cheaper than evening times.
          • Re-examine your cable bill. Cancel extra cable or satellite channels you don’t watch. Watch the “on demand” movie purchases too.
          • Use online bill pay. Most banks offer free online bill paying. Save on stamps and checks, and avoid late fees by automating bill payment.
          • Buy frequently used items in bulk. You get a lower per item price and eliminate extra trips to the store later on.
          • Fully utilize the library. Borrowing books is much cheaper than buying them, but in addition to books, most local libraries now lend movies and games.
          • Cancel magazine/newspaper subscriptions: Re-evaluate your subscriptions. Cancel those you don’t read and consider reading some of the other publications online.
          • Get rid of your land-line. Do you really need a land-line anymore if everyone in the family has a cell phone? Alternatively, look into using VOIP or getting a cheaper plan.
          • Better fuel efficiency. Check the air pressure in your tires, keep up with proper auto maintenance, and slow down. Driving even 5MPH slower will result in better fuel mileage.
          • Increase your deductibles. Increasing the insurance deductibles on your homeowners and auto insurance policies lowers premiums significantly. Just make sure you choose a deductible that you can afford should an emergency happen.
          • Choose lunch over dinner. If you do want to dine out occasionally, go at lunchtime rather than dinnertime. Lunch prices are usually cheaper.
          • Buy used:  Whether it’s something small like a vintage dress or a video game or something big like a car or furniture, consider buying it used. You can often get “nearly new” for a fraction of the cost.
          • Stick to the list. Make a list before you go shopping and don’t buy anything that’s not on the list unless it’s a once in a lifetime, killer deal.
          • Tame the impulse. Use a self-enforced waiting period whenever you’re tempted to make an unplanned purchase. Wait for a week and see if you still want the item.
          • Don’t be afraid to ask. Ask to have fees waived, ask for a discount, ask for a lower interest rate on your credit card.
          • Repair rather than replace. You can find directions on how to fix almost anything on the internet. Do your homework, and then bring out your inner handyman.
          • Trade with your neighbors. Borrow tools or equipment that you use infrequently and swap things like babysitting with your neighbors.
          • Swap online. Use sites like PaperBack Swap to trade books, music, and movies with others online. Also, look for local community sites like Freecycle where people give away items they no longer need.
          • Cut back on the meat. Try eating a one or two meatless meals every week or cut back on the meat portions. Meat is usually the most expensive part of the meal.
          • Comparison shop: Get in the habit of checking prices before you buy. See if you can get a better price at another store or look online.

          Remember that saving money is not about being cheap or stingy; it’s about putting money into your bank account rather than giving it to someone else. There are many ways to save money, some you’ve never thought of, and some that won’t appeal or apply to you. Just pick a few of the ideas that sound doable and watch the savings add up. Save big, save small, but save wherever you can.

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