You buy a container of spinach or bundle of avocados, but before you’re able to devour all the green goodness, it goes bad. Avoid wasting money at grocery stores by storing your food properly, so it lasts longer.
You know when there’s a BOGO for Nutella — but then you get to the store and it’s gone? Someone else got greedy. Don’t be afraid to ask your grocer for a rain check so you can still snag the sale when the store restocks.
Dedicated professionals study the psychology of grocery shopping. For example, shelves at eye level are prime real estate. You’ll often find more expensive items there — or items that attract kids. Or think about this: Between 1975 and 2000, the size of shopping carts tripled. A bigger cart doesn’t mean you have to fill it all the way up. Once you recognize these mind games, you can more easily avoid them.
We know, we know. This seems soooo obvious, but meal planning for the week and making a grocery list can help you stay on task, not waste food and avoid frivolous purchases — like cheese wedges.
Sure, it’s tempting to think buying in bulk is better, but that’s not always the case. That modest two pack of paper towels might actually be more affordable than the insanely large case of 16. To calculate the unit price, divide an item’s price by its quantity. Consider how much you’ll actually be saving (if anything — and definitely not shelf space) by buying the bulk item.
What’s your go-to local grocery store? Chances are, it has a loyalty app. For example, the Aldi app allows you to tap into its weekly coupons, create a grocery shopping list and find the nearest store. The Publix app works similarly, allowing you to clip digital coupons to use at checkout.
At this point, tons of grocery-savings apps have hit the market — and we don’t hate it. But having so many options can become overwhelming, especially for the lazy saver. If that’s you — the one who just wants to get in and out of the store and save money on groceries without doing much thinking — there’s an app we recommend. It’s called Fetch Rewards, and all you have to do to earn rewards is take a photo of your receipt. No scanning barcodes; no searching for offers; no store limitations. Here’s what to do:
Here’s a simple trick to snag a $5 gift card for your next grocery trip: Use the Swagbucks extension on Google Chrome on your computer or laptop, and save even more on purchases at some of your favorite sites like Amazon and Target. You’ll get a $5 Swagbucks bonus when you earn 2,500 SB within your first 60 days of signing up. Cash the bonus out through PayPal.
Are you running to the local grocery store pharmacy because you forgot to pick up your refill? Next month, save time and money with Phil, a refill service that delivers your prescription right to your door. It even talks to your insurance company to handle payment issues and renew refills so you don’t have to. Plus, as a new customer, you’ll get up to $30 off your first prescription.
Remember the Nielsen company? The one that’s always tracked TV ratings? Well, now it wants to know what’s in your fridge. Once you sign up to be on the Nielsen Consumer Panel, you’ll gain access to the NCPMobile app. (If you don’t have a smartphone, Nielsen will send you a scanner.) As you unload your items after your next grocery shopping trip, simply use the app to scan items’ barcodes. Nielsen will reward you with points, which you can redeem for free gift cards, electronics (new TV, anyone?) and household items. The longer you stay on the panel, the more opportunities you have to earn. Applying to become a panel member is straightforward. You’ll answer some basic questions about you and your household, then Nielsen reviews your application and will contact you when you’re eligible to join