Food affordability can play a major role in determining what you choose or are able to eat on a regular basis. Learn how to spend less and enjoy more with these five ways to save money at the grocery store.
Look for discounted items. Pershisable foods in particular seem to go on sale when they get close to their expiration date. Meat, fresh produce, and bread all tend to be foods that show up on the clearance rack at our local Kroger. If you can remember to use these or freeze these foods quickly, this can be a great way to save.
Sign up for deals and discounts. Now days, most grocery stores have an app that you can download to your phone to grab coupons or special deals for “store members.” Meijer has MPerks, Kroger has their Kroger Plus Card and Target has Cartwheel incorporated into their app. Walmart also has an app where you can look items on sale, but no coupons integrated just yet. Their savings catcher makes up for it though by refunding you anytime a lower price is found at a competitors store so you can save on your next trip.
Use cash back and reward apps on your phone. Another way to save a little money no matter where you shop is to use cash back and reward apps available on your phone. Ibotta, Checkout 51, Fetch Rewards, Receipt Hog and Shopkick are just a few of our favorites. With Ibotta and Checkout 51, you can find cash back offers for a variety of products that change each week. Once you accumulate $20 cash back, you can withdraw it and put it back in your pocket. Fetch Rewards and Receipt Hog give you points when you upload a receipt. These points can be used in turn for gift cards or cash back depending on the app. Shop Kick is a little different in that you get points or “kicks” when you visit certain stores and scan the barcode of certain products. You can also get points for buying products too. These points can then be traded in for a gift card.
Be sure to use a referral code when you sign up for any of these apps. This will give you some extra points or dollars when you do.
- (affiliate link) Ibotta – Get $10 when you sign up and submit your first receipt. Once you sign up, you can additionally get $5 for every person that signs up through your referral code.
- (affiliate link) Shopkick – Get 250 kicks when you sign up with a referral code and complete a walk in or scan within 7 days. 250 points equals approximately $1.
- (affiliate link) Fetch Rewards – Get 2000 points when you sign up with a referral code (ours is PD1CE and scan your first receipt. That’s like getting $2 back in your pocket right from the get go. You’ll also get an additional 2000 points for every referral that you make and signs up with your unique code after signing up.
Shop with a list. Another way to spend less on foods you love is to make sure you shop with a list. This can be a great way to make sure you buy what you need and can help reduce impulse buys that may increase your spending. A list can also be helpful in planning out ingredients, making it easier to have what you need on hand to make meals and snacks that taste great and support your body at the same time.
Know what you have on hand. As you put together your list, it can be helpful to keep an eye on current food inventory. Are there any foods you could utilize in a meal or snack during the upcoming week? What other ingredients would you need to put it to good use? Making sure to use up the foods you have before buying something else can be a helpful way to not only reduce spending, but reduce food waste too.
At Around the Plate, we love experimenting and exploring new foods; however, we also believe that those foods should be accessible. These strategies are one small way to help with that. Happy shopping!