Grocery shopping isn’t fun, like shopping for clothes or gifts. We tend to form habits around our weekly shopping outing… finding the closest store and walking every aisle like a zombie, anyone? By doing the same old, same old, you could very well be leaving savings on the table or lugging things home that could have been shipped right to your door. If this sounds familiar, then maybe it’s time to shake things up and do things a bit differently, starting with these grocery shopping hacks!
1. App happy
Do you belong to the loyalty program at your local grocery store? If your favorite store has a program, join it ASAP so you can start reaping the benefits of exclusive savings, and racking up points for free stuff. Once you have that handled, you can save even more by installing a grocery savings app, like Ibotta, or the Flipp App on your smartphone. They are a little different, but they are designed to help you save even more on the things you’re already buying. Check them out and see which one appeals to you. You’ll be happy that you did!
2. Shop online
Whether you live in a city or the suburbs, dragging all those groceries around is a pain! Why not order some of your necessities online? The pricing can be competitive–or even lower in some cases–and you’ll avoid back strain. Some of my favorite sites for purchasing things like paper goods, snacks and cleaning products are Amazon, Target, and Walmart.
Also, to save even more on your online shopping, install a free browser extension, like Rakuten or Honey. As you shop online, a pop-up will alert you to available savings opportunities. There are some restrictions on grocery savings, but this will be clearly noted in the pop-up.
3. Buy in bulk
If there are certain items that you go through quickly, like toilet paper or snacks for your kids’ lunches, buy them in bulk. If you have a Costco, Sam’s Club or BJ’s membership, shop there. But if not, try Boxed.com, an online wholesale club with no membership fees and free shipping on orders over $49. Before buying, always compare the price per unit to what you pay at the grocery store. It’s usually lower, but not always.
4. Save at Whole Foods
If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can receive exclusive savings at Whole Foods and also save an extra 10% on a wide variety of items.
Look for these signs in Whole Foods stores:
To receive the savings, you’ll need to download the Whole Foods Market app and show it at checkout. And if you shop with the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card, you can earn 5% cashback at Whole Foods and Amazon!
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5. Pay the right way
Speaking of credit card rewards, using the right rewards card to buy your groceries could earn you some serious cash back. Savings site CreditKarma has a list of the best credit cards for grocery shopping, which includes the Blue Card from American Express and the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card. Note that in order to truly reap the benefits of these cards, you need to pay them off in full every month. Carrying a balance on your credit cards can negate any cash back you’ve earned.
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