Eight Ways to Get Free Groceries
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Eight Ways to Get Free Groceries

Posted on Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 4:52 pm
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Who doesn’t love free groceries? Here are eight ways that you can score some for free.

Use coupon codes and coupon links

Yes, there are coupon codes for all sorts of things, including groceries! The trick here is to buy your groceries online, trying out different stores. Many stores will give you free groceries for trying out the online shopping process. Here are two that I know about: Peapod (use coupon code CJN10) and Safeway (right now they are offering free kraft singles and free Eating Right Salad Dressing with purchase, as well as free shipping).

Combine a sale with a coupon

As soon as you get your grocery sales flyer, scan it for the loss leader sales. Then go through your coupons to see if you can match a coupon with a sale. Many times the item will wind up being free, so stock up.

Combine a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon

Another way of getting free groceries is to combine a store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon. The combination of the two usually makes for a free item, and if you have multiple coupons, you can score multiple deals. The other day at Target, I got an entire bag of groceries for a little more than $2.

Use a coupon on a trial or travel size

It is usually a good idea to use a coupon on the smallest size product that is allowable. If your $1 off (or higher value) coupon does not have a minimum size stated, see if your store offers that product in a trial or travel size. These small sizes are usually grouped together, and you can get a bunch of these for free.

Get gift cards, register rewards or extra care bucks

Target, CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid offer incentives to shop in the form of free gift cards, register rewards and extra care bucks. This is money back when you buy a particular product, often the same amount as the product costs, making it free!

Take advantage of rebates

Look for “Try Me Free” and “Satisfaction Guaranteed” rebate offers. These rebates will allow you to purchase the product and then get the full purchase price back from the manufacturer.

Sign up for free samples

While we often think of free samples as trial size products, there are quite a few out there that offer full size products, or a coupon for a free full sized product. Today, I tweeted about how you can get a full size bottle of barbecue sauce!

Think about gardening

Finally, if you can garden, then you will be able to have a bounty of produce for practically free (you can get free seed offers, but I am assuming that you might spend some small amount on your garden. If you don’t garden, make it known to friends and coworkers that you are available to take their extra bounty. People just love giving away their tomatoes and zucchini!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.