Sure, coupons are a great way to save more on the things you need and want. It's a good way to save a few bucks on the things you know you are going to need and use, groceries included. However, what if you could save more on your groceries without coupons at all?
Over the year I have written about the latest way I coupon and for those who don’t have time print out coupons you are still able to save on groceries without them. It is true is all about implementing these 3 ways to save on grocery that will help you save, even without coupons!
Here are three ways to save on groceries without coupons:
Shop for sales
It seems like common sense, but many people don't shop for sales when it comes to their groceries. Most people plan meals and then buy the ingredients they need for those meals. Meal planning is always smart but what if you planned your meals around what was on sale that week?
You don't have just to go to the store and wing it. You can use store flyers and other methods of seeing what is discounted first, then forming meal plans around it and buying items that are on sale to save even more. In time, you will even come to learn the sales cycles of many of your favorite items, and this will help you to know what's coming up on sale soon. This makes it even easier to plan around the sales.
Buy generic and use store loyalty discounts
Most supermarkets have a store loyalty card program. If you're not signed up, it's fairly quick and easy to get a card and many have keyrings so you always have your card with you when you shop, or they let you use your telephone number to pull up your account. These store loyalty programs will give you discounts and other specials without the need for any coupon clipping.
All you need to do is have the cashier scan your card or enter your number first; then the discounts will be applied to the items you are already purchasing. You can also buy generic or store brand items whenever possible and save from a few cents to a few dollars on the things you need and want. When you combine buying generic with store loyalty benefits, you save even more.
Buy only what you need and use what you buy
This is a big one and one that might require some practice if you're not used to it. Many of us overspend and also waste a lot of food. We cook too much and don't save leftovers. We save leftovers but then throw them out uneaten. We buy things we don't really need and then don't use.
Sometimes we do the latter because it was on sale or because we had a coupon for it, but if you're not using it, it's really not saving, is it? So be smart about the things you buy and also be sure that you always use what you buy. You will be surprised at how much you can save on your groceries from this step alone.
Now that you know these ways to save on your groceries without coupons, you're ready to start shopping. One of the best things about these methods of saving is that you can use these tips along with your coupons if you have them, as well as any store discounts and savings. This means you can double or even triple up on your savings. How awesome is that?
Do you have any tips for saving on groceries without coupons? We want to hear about it in the comments.