Saving Money on Groceries has been an ongoing process for us. Here are several other articles on How to Cut Your Grocery Budget for those of
you us who are always trying to spend a little less at the grocery store!
As you probably are tired of hearing by now, we are working to get out of debt as fast as possible. Since I stay home with the littles, I don’t bring home a consistent paycheck to contribute to our income (although I have been known to sell a few hundred dollars worth of junk on craigslist…) One way I try to help work towards are goal is using the time I have at home to save money as much as possible so we have more to put towards our debt payoff.
One of the biggest areas we’ve been able to cut spending in the last year is in groceries. And no, I’m not an extreme couponer. In fact, I’ve tried several couponing methods and never really got the hang of it. The number one way we are saving money on groceries is this:
Use a local deal blogger’s weekly ad specials list to price match at Walmart.
Here’s what I mean. There are money saving/ bargain shopping bloggers all over that post a list every week of all the grocery store deals from the ads in the sunday paper. And Walmart will price match all those sales. So, if you want to meal plan around what’s on sale, no longer do you have to flip through all the grocery store ads in the Sunday paper!
In Omaha, I use Mom Saves Money. I just look at her site when I make my list. She lists 7-10 local stores’ ads’ sale prices. She puts the “stockup deal” prices in red.
She posts this list every week and includes every store in the area.
I do one big meal planning/ grocery shopping session for the month at the beginning of the month (here’s WHY and here’s HOW). When I plan, I just open her site and look at the list, so that I can see what’s on sale that week that I’m shopping. Then, I plan accordingly, especially when it comes to meat, brands of cereals, produce sales, etc.. When I make the list, I put the quantity, brand, price and store next to the item so that I can quickly and easily price match at checkout.
I go to Aldi first, buy everything I can, cross it off, and head to Walmart for what’s left.
Every so often, I go to Baker’s or Hyvee too (our local chains)… IF they have several store brand items that I need that are on super-duper sale that are cheaper than Aldi. Which is rare.
In order to make this work for you, google something like “price match list blog [your city]” and see what comes up. Once you find a good site, flag, favorite, or bookmark it, then get in the habit of checking it as you make your list.
Omaha: Mom Saves Money
Here’s one I found in Denver: Bargain Blessings
Here’s one I found in the Chicago area: Mashup Mom
If you find or use another site in one of those cities, or a different city, let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to this list for other readers’ convenience!
About the price matching thing…
Walmart’s price matching policy is they will match any current exact product price for any store within 50 miles, no ad needed. I always say the price and store, but I don’t think you technically need the store name. Four times EVER in the last 4 years that I’ve been price matching, I’ve had an employee say the deal sounded too good to be true, and check the ad book that they have in the store. One of those times, I had accidentally grabbed the wrong size item. The other times, it just really was a great deal, and they honored it.
In order to make price matching easy, I do the following:
- Double check the size/ exact specs & write it on my list so that I don’t cheat the system. If the 20 oz bottle is on sale for $1.00, you can’t get the 30 oz bottle for $1.00.
- Put all the price matching items at the end and before they get there say, “I’d like to price match everything behind the lettuce,” or whatever.
- Be REALLY nice to the checker because it’s slightly more of a hassle for them. We should be nice to the cashiers anyway. I now recognize a few cashiers who have made price checking really easy, so I go to their line if they’re working when I’m there.
- If you have anything that is SO SO SO much less than regular value (like 75% or more), you might have that store’s mobile ad pulled up on your phone in case the cashier asks to see the ad. I don’t usually do this, but all those 4 times they had to look up the ad, I wished I just had it with me.
Honestly, almost everything at Aldi is as cheap as the brand name on sale somewhere else. Now that I shop there, I don’t price match nearly as much. I mainly price match the amazing produce and meat deals from other grocery stores that are meant to get you in the door, and occasionally household items like toilet paper or shampoo or toothpaste or something. If you don’t have an Aldi near you, then this could save you even more on canned goods, baking ingredients, etc…
What do you think? Do you price match? Does this sound like it’ll make price matching easier for you?
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