Saving money in the store is not as hard as you may think. My son, Jonathan, has been known to go to the store with me in the past and use his own coupons to buy some protein bars, healthy snacks and drinks for his “Matheletes” competition. On one trip, he used several “savings factors” and his bill started out at $14.30, but he only paid $2.13.
The first thing he did was to buy items on sale, the second savings factor was to use a store coupon, then he combined a manufacturer’s coupons and we went to a double coupon store. That’s FOUR savings factors for this teenager. If he can do it, YOU CAN,TOO!
An average family of four, eating carefully, has an annual food cost of $7954. However, there IS a way to cut these costs dramatically, just as Jonathan did.
Another way to save involves a great site that http://www.about.com/ calls “The Google of Grocery Savings” is http://www.mygrocerydeals.com/ . They list specials from over 250 retail chains, 750 versions of flyers and approximately 25,000 weekly advertised specials. You can join for free, they offer nutritional information on 100,000 grocery products, and there’s even a “coupon gallery.”
As with any site I mention, please do your own research and remember to set up a “junk mail” account for registrations. You can also select whether you want to recieve additional information or not (which will help with junk mail).
There are also quite a few apps you can use as well. The safeway/vons/dominques chain of groceries stores have “u Save” app that will give you great discounts on a list that is tailored to your buying habits and can help you save as much as 30% in a shopping trip.
Get the Yowza app for comparative shopping and download Coupon Sherpa for great deals you can use in a lot of different stores.
If the average family I mentioned earlier only saves 30% on their grocery bill in 2012, that’s over $2200 that they could use to pay down debt, go on a vacation, or pay for their kids college!
America’s Family Financial Expert (R)