13 Ways Beyond Coupons to Save on Groceries

Couponing is a great way to save money on your weekly trip to the supermarket, but for many shoppers clipping, sorting and remembering your coupons is too much of a hassle. But there are other ways you can save serious money at the store. "If coupons just aren't your thing, don't worry, because there are lots of other smart ways to shop," said Lisa Lee, editor in chief of SmartShop, a Consumer Reports. publication that in its September issue identifies a bunch of savings strategies. Still, she adds, if you're a coupon clipper, "keep it up."

The magazine's survey of more than 1,000 women found that 82 percent make a grocery shopping budget and stick to it. The survey also found that women shoppers who try to save a buck here and there are using dollars stores, megastores and farmers markets more frequently than ever before, but they are cutting back on the use of convenience stores, drugstores and warehouse clubs.

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Sometimes a B1G1 deal isn't as big a saving as you would think, at least not down here in SW Florida. Some grocery chains increase the cost of the individual item when it goes on ghe B1G1 sale. Look closely at the ad and it will read "save UP to $...".
For instance: A jar of mayo which would normally retail for $2.98 would be $3.79 for the 1sr jar and the 2nd jar free, but you're aren't saving $2.98. You're only saving $2.17 which may be the original cost to the retailer, $2.98x2=$5.96-$.3.79=$2.17.
No doubt it is a savings but not as large as the ad would lead you to believe. That to me is FALSE advertising but they get away with it by putting the "UP to" in the ad.

June 02 2015 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Grocery store items are priced by the results consumers get.
Originally they were giving scrawny chicken wings away, now they cost as much as steak - people figured out how to make them. There are hundreds of these "secrets" there.
Taking a culinary course or getting a part time job in a restaurant prep department
will give you information worth a fortune. An example ? A person with culinary skills can take
99 cents a pound chicken and make it into $99.00 a plate Coc Au Vin.

August 01 2014 at 6:48 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

They missed the very best one...buy 1 get 1 free...I have about 15 items that go on sale pretty regurlary so when they do I buy enough to make it to next time they are on this sale...save about $30 per week this way on a bill of $60,,,would have been $90...I check the on line ad every week. This week I see turkey burgers, bread, waffles, cherieos & frozen vegies...will stock up....check expire dates to be sure they will be good till next sale.

July 31 2014 at 9:31 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply