Clipping coupons and waiting for sales aren’t the only ways to save on foods. In fact, there are other unexpected techniques that can help you keep more money in your wallet! Whether you’re shopping at Costco or getting your essentials from the local supermarket, pinching pennies has never been easier. We’ve done a little digging and discovered the best ways to cut costs and save on foods during your next grocery run.
1. Buy non-perishables online.
Not only is shopping online an easy way to save time; new research shows you’ll spend about 10 to 15 percent less when buying non-perishable foods (such as snack bars and beverages) from Amazon.com, Walmart.com and other major online retailers. Why? These businesses are hoping that once you visit their websites for groceries, you’ll purchase other items they offer.
2. Look for new food labels.
As much as 40 percent of food is thrown away before it’s eaten, costing you hundreds every year — luckily, that’s now about to change! That’s because many food manufacturers have replaced “sell by” dates (which aren’t an indication of safety or freshness) on perishable items with two key pieces of info: A “use by” date (a safety guideline that indicates the food should be consumed by that date and discarded after) and “best if used by” date (meaning the item will be fresher if consumed before the date, but isn’t harmful if consumed after). This way, you can avoid discarding unopened food that’s still safe to eat.
3. Get the inside scoop from blogs.
With continually changing coupons, rebates, sales, and other offers at supermarkets, it can be a time-consuming chore to keep track of them all. Luckily, there are blogs for many major grocery stores that seek out and organize all these money-saving offers for you — plus, they often give you a heads-up about unadvertised deals as well as specials that are coming soon. For instance, you can find out about ways to save at Kroger at KrogerKrazy.com, Meijer’s at MeijerMadness.com, Publix at IHeartPublix.com, and Walmart at IHeartTheMart.com.
4. Compare deals in seconds.
Want to know which grocery store is offering the best sale on cereal, milk, cheese, or other products, but don’t have the time to scour circulars and websites? Simply log onto LivingRichWithCoupons.com/grocery-price-comparison or MyGroceryDeals.com and type in the name or type of product you want — for example, “cereal.” You’ll instantly get a list of stores near you that are offering the product at a discount — and for how much — so you can spot the lowest price instantly.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.