When people find out that I’m an extreme couponer they usually think 1 o 2 things: A- I’m a hoarder (for the record, I am not) or B – I have too much free time on my hands to be able to spend hours cutting couponing.
I have a 6 year old, a 2 year old, and a 3 month old, so you can be assured that I don’t spend HOURS every week couponing. Usually it’s no more than an hour to get ready for a big coupon shop. If the idea of cutting coupons and organizing them still makes you cringe, there are other ways you can save money on your weekly grocery bill.
Here are my TOP 5 ways to save money on your next grocery bill WITHOUT couponing:
1 Price Match – With the advancement in technology in just a few short years there is no need to price match with paper flyers anymore (If your like my husband and prefer it, by all means, have at it). If you want to price match in an easy organized way, check out the FLIPP app. It’s a free app in your Apple or Google store. They have every flyer imaginable updated weekly. You can browse flyers individually, or simply search out the item you are looking for to find every store in your area that has it on sale. Just click on the item you want to price match, and it will automatically be added to your list. This app also organizes every sale item by store so checkout out is a breeze. This app also offers coupons that automatically match up to deals – just click and print. But even if you don’t use the coupons, still lots of money to be saved!
2 Use Cash Back Apps – My favourite cash back app is Checkout 51. They are the original cash back app. But there is also Snap, Zweet, Caddle, Coupgon, and one from Save.Ca. You can use all of these apps every week to save the most money. Just download the free apps, upload you receipts, and cash out. It’s really that easy.
3 Use A Loyalty Program – Once again, I have a favourite. PC Plus is my go to loyalty program. It’s free, its easy, it’s perfect for a busy mom like me. I just shop, scan my mobile card (they have plastic cards too if that’s your thing), and they do the rest. When I reach the reward levels, I cash out at the till. I just tell the cashier I want to use my points to pay, and that’s it. No fuss. Plus all the offers are tailored to the way you shop, so your always earning points. Of course there are a ton of other loyalty programs. Shoppers Drug Mart has Optimum, Walmart has their own program, Canadian Tire has their own. Just ask your favourite store for their locality card.
4 Use Cash – If you issue on overspending is that it’s so easy to over spend now a days (and it is) then leave the unnecessary cards at home. Have a budget, and stick to in using cash. If you don’t have the cards to fall back on, then you can’t overspend. Of course that key is it have a reasonable budget. If I’m going to the store for only a couple things, I don’t bring much cash. If I’m going and I need dog food, diapers, baby food … while those things are much more expensive and so I bring more cash with me. This idea works best if you have a list and shop at your usual store where you are already familiar with the prices.
5 Make A List Before You Go – This one is big. Have you ever gone to the grocery store and didn’t bring a list? We’ve all been there. Next thing you know your spending 2 hours walking around picking up things you don’t actually need, forgetting the things you do need. Making a list is a very simple way to stay organized and focused while you shop.
These are just 5 ideas… there are tons more. Do you have a money saving tip for grocery shopping? Share it below!
Disclaimer – non of this post has been sponsored. These are my own opinions.