Everyone is trying to come up ways to save money. I, for one, love to stretch every dollar I can. I am a confessed coupon addict, but not everyone has the time or the energy to spend hours locating and clipping coupons. And, don’t let anyone fool you. Effective couponing takes time and effect. I have spent almost 3 hours collecting, clipping, and filing coupons in preparation for a shopping trip using coupons. So, if you don’t have a lot of time, but you still need to buy groceries and want to save some money, here are a few things that I do that will work with or without coupons.
*Sign up for store loyalty cards
Some stores like CVS and Walgreens offer discount cards that offer the consumer discounts according to their shopping history. Getting a store loyalty card only takes a few minutes.
I currently have store loyalty cards for CVS and Winn Dixie. These cards allow the store to trace my purchases. CVS frequently offers me discounts on different items, and they give me a discount at the end of each season according to my spending. I recently bought computer ink that would have cost me around $30.00 for $21.00.
*Collect sale circulars
Always, always get the sale circulars, and see what is on sale. I make a point to get the circulars for more than one store so that I can compare prices. I have found that several stores will have the same items on sale the same week. By getting the sale circulars from more than one store, I can see who has the best deal on the item. For example, “Fred’s” may have Charmin Ultra soft tissue on sale for $5.00. If I check “Pilgrim’s”, they may have the same Charmin tissue on sale for $4.98. Although it is only a $0.02 difference, it is worth me heading to “Pilgrim’s” for a slightly better deal-especially since the two store are right by each other.
*Do price matching
I love to price match at Wal-Mart. They allow shoppers to get the same item for the same price that it is on sale at the competing store. If I don’t want to shop at multiple stores, I can just zip on into Wal-Mart and get everything at one stop.
*Stock up, stock up
When an item that I use often go on sale, I stock up. I try to purchase enough to last for several months. By buying in bulk, I will not have to purchase it again until it goes back on sell.
*Watch those receipts!
I make it a rule to double check my receipts. Some receipts have coupons or catalinas that print out on them. These are just like money. I won’t throw money in the trash, so I watch my receipts. Also, store receipts sometimes have surveys on them, and they offer free items as rewards for answering the survey. I have also discovered that by checking receipts I can catch price errors. Stores will sometimes have items on sale, but the register will not take off the extra cost. By looking immediately at my receipt, I can make sure that I am getting an item for the correct price.
I love coupons. However, I do not always have the time to cut and clip coupons. I have discovered that by being an informed shopper I can save money even without my coupons. However, you can still use Lowes 10 off printable coupon which are free and are really easy to use. This is another great way to save yourself some money when you go out shopping.