A wise person once said, “those who fail to plan, plan to fail!” Sticking to a budget can be difficult if you don’t have a plan to help you stay on track. In order to make sure you’re not over-spending at the grocery store, Super Savers know that a list is an absolute must! If you’ve already mastered the art of weekly grocery lists, we’ve got The 10 Best Ways to Save Money on Groceries!
1. Check flyers for sale items and included coupons
Make use of grocery store flyers! They are filled with store-wide sales and limited promotions that will help you stay on budget when looking to grocery shop. Coupons are typically included in the flyers as well, and sometimes the flyers are the only way to get specific coupons. For example, each year Canadian Tire holds a "Scratch and Save sale," with the scratch cards ONLY available in the weekly flyers.
2. Rewards cards
Signing up for a rewards card and collecting the points over time is another way to save a significant amount of money on your grocery needs. Memberships such as the PC Plus loyalty card, Air Miles and the Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum card are all great options to help you collect money valued points which can be used towards your weekly grocery bills. The various loyalty cards all provide different benefits, which can be tailored to meet your specific needs.
3. Use Price Comparison Apps
If you are looking to find the best deal before making a purchase, your best bet is to turn to price comparison apps. There are various smartphone apps that allow you to search up the exact item you are looking for and will compare prices of the item at all the stores that carry it. Apps like Flipp, Walmart Savings Catcher and ShopSavvy are all awesome ways to keep price matching simple.
4. Stick to a Meal Plan
Preparing and sticking to a weekly meal plan is a great strategy to save money on groceries. Knowing what you will be purchasing before heading to the grocery store will help you stay on track of your money and eliminate the chance of impulse purchases. Planning out what you want to cook ahead of time gives you the opportunity to review what is on sale at your local grocery store and base your shopping trip around low-price options!
5. Opt for the Generic Brand
Basic food staples like flour, sugar and cooking oil are all items that will work fine regardless of the brand. Turning to the generic brand for these kinds of items, as well as canned goods and frozen produce are simple ways to save money on your grocery bill without compromising quality. In some cases, you may even start to prefer generic brand items, for example cookies or peanut butter.
6. Find Alternatives for Pricey Items
One of the most expensive items on your grocery bill will most likely be your protein choices. If you do not want to slack on the quality of the kind of meat you buy, look for alternatives for these pricey items. Instead of buying red meat like steak, turn to boneless chicken breast. Typically a boneless blade of steak goes for $9.29/ lb at the grocery store, whereas chicken breast is sold for $6.99/ lb (at Loblaws). Not only is it a healthier alternative, it is also cheaper on cost and you will get more for your money.
7. Opt for Frozen Produce
Selecting frozen produce items instead of fresh produce is another way to save money on your grocery bill. Frozen fruits and vegetables can be stored for weeks rather than spoiling within a couple of days of purchase, as fresh produce does. Frozen items allow you to keep them for longer periods of time and eliminate throwing away food that you have paid for.
8. Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk is a great alternative to buying small packages of items such as food spices and baking needs. Bulk purchases allow you to buy the exact amount of food you need and in turn control the amount you are spending on each item. This is especially a good alternative for baking when only a small amount of an item is needed as an ingredient.
9. Bring Reusable Bags
Even the tiniest savings count towards staying on top of your budget! Instead of paying for plastic bags each time you go to the grocery store, bring your own re-useable bags. Most of the time, re-useable bags are available at the cash register to purchase. You will be saving in the long-run by investing in a re-useable grocery bag!
10. Download the Caddle App and visit our website!
Take a photo of your grocery bill and upload it onto the app to receive rewards and cash back each time you head to the grocery store! Caddle provides a simple, easy and fast way to get rewarded cash based on the purchases you make and helps you stay on track with your budget!
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