I don’t know about you, but I love to save money. Seriously, I love it. Ask my husband. I get all giddy when I save a whole bunch of money, especially when it is something we regularly use. I was telling my sister-in-law about some rebate apps over Christmas and she suggested I write out my money saving tactics for everyone to use.
My journey toward saving the most money possible started when I my internship ended and I no longer had a job. I was a couple months away from having a baby and planned to stay home after he got here, so I didn’t feel like it would be worth it to find a job when I would quit very shortly. Since we were down to one income, I wanted to make the most out of each dollar we spent. This is what drove me to collecting all these money saving methods that I am going to share with you! Here it goes.
Before the shopping trip
One thing that helps me cut down on buying things we don’t need is having a meal plan. If I know what meals I will be preparing that week, I’ll know just what ingredients will be required and those that I don’t need on this particular shopping trip. Another awesome part of meal planning is that if you plan far enough down the road you could cut down the shopping trips you need to make and therefore eliminating more opportunities to buy things you don’t need. Plus, who wants to go to the store that often anyway? I’ve written more things I love about meal planning here and how to get started meal planning here.
My mother introduced me to PriceMATCHERZ and I have since fallen in love. The people at PriceMATCHERZ look at your local ads and list out the best deals. Walmart, along with other stores I am sure, offers ad matching. What you do is you take the list of what you need and check it against the list on PriceMATCHERZ. Copy down the lower price they have listed and when you check out let your cashier know you have items you would like to price match. Then as the items come up, say I have eggs price matched at $.89 or the cheese is price matched at $1.29. Some cashiers will want to know where the ad match came from, so you may want to copy that down too. Check for more tips about ad matching from PriceMATCHERZ here.
This money saving method is pretty self explanatory. Check out the list of coupons, select the coupons you would like to use, print them off, and then hand them to your cashier when you are checking out. The cashiers really appreciate when you cut the coupons out because they fit in their drawer better. Other places you can check for coupons is the manufacturer’s website or your local newspaper.
Eat Before You Go
Seriously. I skip this step occasionally and my wallet really regrets it. I find myself taking home more convenience foods which are unnecessary and pricey. Oreos and bags of chips just jump into my cart it seems. Do yourself a favor and at least eat a snack before you head to the store.
After the grocery run
If you have not started using a rebate app, now is the time. I love them. I have already made $67 from the Ibotta app alone. After you are done shopping, look through the list of available rebates. When you find something you have on your receipt unlock it. Do this for each rebate you have that matches something you just bought. Once you get through the list, go to your Unlocked Deals page and hit verify purchases. This will prompt you to scan the bar codes of most items. After all your purchases are verified and everything you want a rebate for has a check mark, click to verify the purchases. Now you will be prompted to either take a photo of the receipt or scan the QR code at the bottom of the receipt. Then you just wait and money will be added to your account. Once you have at least $20 you can start taking it out via different gift card options. I generally use it for Amazon. Use this link to get $10 after redeeming your first rebate.
This is another rebate app the works very similarly to Ibotta. It generally has different rebates offered with some duplicates sprinkled in there. A lot of times diapers are one thing they both have so that is pretty awesome. To use this app simply go through the list and star the items you want a rebate for. Once you reach the bottom make sure to enter yourself into their drawing for $500 if your receipt has at least $60 on it. Click to upload and then just take a picture of the receipt and you are set. The cash out options are very similar to Ibotta’s options.
Using Walmart’s Savings Catcher is probably one of the easiest ways to save money on this list. When you get home open up the Walmart app and scan the QR code at the bottom of your receipt on the Savings Catcher. If any store in your area has a better price on anything they will give you that money back. The easiest way to use that money is to cash it out into a Walmart gift card to use for a later shopping trip. My first time using the Saving Catcher I got $5.49 back.
You don’t have to do all these things to save money, so maybe just start with one step at a time. If you shop at Walmart the Saving Catcher is a quick, easy way to save. If you want some more structure, try meal planning and see how it works for your family. There are so many things you can do to save money and I know that I only scratched the surface. What ways do you like to save while grocery shopping?
This is the app the I use to build my shopping list. It is perfect. I can add things while I am sitting down making my meal plan, when I am out and about and remember we need to grab Airborne next time we are at the store, or even while I am on the toilet and see that we are on the last roll of toilet paper. I love to organize my list by where it will be in the store after everything is added. With the simple drag and drop option on desktop it makes my shopping experience that much easier. Plus, you can add your spouse to the list and they can add things as well.
These are really cool, versatile, and helpful. How they work: you choose a button for a product you order frequently, like detergent. You order the button for it and plant the button in a place you will see it when using the product. When you are running low on the product, click the button and Amazon.com ship the item you need right to your door. So easy, and very affordable. Some examples are Charmin, Bounty, Ziploc, Coke/Diet Coke, Doritos, Poptarts, Trojan, and many more.
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