Nothing helps you understand your parents more than your grocery store receipt. If you have your own place, you now know exactly what your mom meant when she used to ask, “Do you have Cinnamon Toast Crunch money?” I never knew groceries were so expensive until I had my own fridge and cabinets to fill. However, I knew I was adulting correctly when I found myself in the middle of the aisle thinking Walmart has lost their rabbit ass mind charging $5 for cereal with no milk included. If you’re still trying to get used to buying your own groceries, I have a few tips to help you save.
Here Are 8 Smart Ways To Save Money On Groceries:
1. Price match is your best friend. A wise man once told me, “girl, there’s nothing you can’t get at a cheaper price.” Of course you’ll have to search for that cheaper price but when you have other bills and you’re paying everything on your own, it’s worth it. Save time by creating a shopping list ahead of time and googling local stores and their prices. Save gas by taking those ads to Walmart so they can match it instead of you driving 30 minutes to your nearest Aldi.
2. Buy groceries online. Walmart’s online prices tend to be cheaper than in-store. Shop online then choose free pickup at checkout.
3. Actually, I meant Savings Catcher is your best friend. It does all of the work for you and all you have to do is scan your receipt on the app or enter it online. They’ll compare prices to other stores, find a lower price, then give you a gift card with the difference on it.
4. If you’re reading this post, you’re not too good for clearance. If you’re aiming to be rich in real life and not just on Instagram, take advantage of clearance items. Walmart changes its prices often so there will be deals throughout the week. Get familiar with where the clearance items are located in the store.
5. Use coupons. Times are changing. Coupons don’t always require you to go through stacks of newspapers to find a good deal. These days, you can save a few dollars at the touch of a button. Walmart will give you cash back if the coupon is more than what you’re purchasing. If Simply Lemonade is on sale for $1 and your coupon is for $2 off then your extra dollar will go to another item. If you don’t have another item, guess who it goes to? Your frugal ass.
6. Shop in the morning. While everyone is at work, you could be out on your day off snatching all the deals on meat and produce because there are more mark-downs in the mornings.
7. Buy your bread a day old. I buy regular bread and still put it in the freezer so I might as well buy it at a cheaper price if I’m just going to get the same results.
8. Two words: Ibotta & Checkout51. Here are two more reasons to keep your receipt. Ibotta and Checkout 51 will give you cash back for certain items after sending them a picture of your receipt. If you’re going to buy it anyway, you might as well get paid to do so.
(Bonus) 9. MyPoints has a $10 Walmart gift card with your name on it. All you have to do is give MyPoints your name and email address and spend $20 at Walmart. If you’re grocery shopping, you’re going to spend $20 in the first 10 minutes or less anyway.
How do you save when you’re shopping at Walmart?
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