5 Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollar
Posted on Friday, December 9th, 2011 at 2:42 am
With food prices on the rise, it’s getting more and more difficult to feed a family on a reasonable grocery budget. Not to mention the fact that stores are getting stricter about coupon usage since Extreme Couponing hit the air. Despite these hurdles, you can stretch your grocery dollar by following some of these tips and tricks!
5 Ways to Stretch Your Money
- Shop the bottom shelf to save. There are usually some really great bargains hiding out on the bottom shelf. These include things such as generic and store brands, off-brands, bulk items, clearance, soon-to-be discontinued products, and other inexpensive goods!
- Pull items from the back. Grocery stores rotate their stock, putting the newest and freshest stock behind the older stock – trust me, I used to work at a grocery store. This goes for perishable and fresh goods as well as pantry items such as cereal, pasta, peanut butter, and other packaged goods. So, the next time you make a trip to the grocery store, be sure to reach to the back in order to get the most for your dollar!
- Always check your receipt. The most common thing people check their receipt for are overcharge errors. Although this is important, you should also check your receipt for good things. Look for coupons, freebies, discount surveys, rebate offers, and price adjustment opportunities too!
- Check unit prices of comparable products. Often there will be 3 different brands of similar pasta sauces, for example. Each brand probably offers several different sizes too. So, how do you know which product and size offers the cheapest price per unit? You check the unit price! Learn how to calculate unit prices here.
- Buy generic or store brands. Generic and store brands are almost always cheaper than their name brand equivalents. Check the label for ingredients to find a generic product that is similar to your favorite name brand one!
These are just 5 ways to stretch your grocery dollar, but there are many other ways. Be sure to use your coupons, stay on top of the sales, and check different places in the store for the same product because you just might find it is cheaper in one location that the other! And remember, Freecoupons.com is here to help you save, so if you ever need saving advice don’t hesitate to just ask!