Whether you are part of a family, a couple, or live on your own; your household groceries can eat up (literally) a huge part of your monthly budget. In fact, sometimes people can feel like their hands are tied when it comes to the ever-increasing costs of food and trying to work with within their means to ensure there’s food on the table and supplies around the house to keep it running.
Still, you and the family gotta eat right? And there are certain things a home needs to keep it up and running.
For those looking to save money each month, the good news is that the grocery expenses are one of the few things you can actually control and lower within your budget, without compromising the amount of food and household items you purchase. It’s all about finding the right saving strategies and stores to shop at, to reduce your weekly grocery bill.
Below is a list of top five stores to help you save money on your groceries.
Where else can families go to buy their weekly groceries, stock up on pharmaceutical needs, grab school supplies for your kiddo’s art project, and diapers and wipes for the baby? Walmart, that’s where! Walmart’s slogan of ‘Save Money. Live Better’ can perfectly describe why so many households tend to head to Walmart for their weekly grocery needs. However, did you know that you can save a significant amount of money by taking advantage of the initiatives the store offers?
Before heading out for your weekly groceries, check out Walmart’s website; the retailer showcases printable store coupons for a list of popular brand-name items it holds. The savings can be incredible, especially if these items are on sale for the week. Speaking of sales, you may want to not only check out Walmart’s weekly sales flyer, which can be found online on their website, but also other store flyers, in and around your neighborhood, for the week, before you head out for your grocery shop. With Walmart’s price-matching initiative, if you find a product that is cheaper than the price Walmart is offering it at, the company will match the sale price. The items need to be the exactly the same (quantity, size, etc.) as listed within the sale offered at the other store and proof around the other store’s sale price is needed to be given the price match. While this might sound complicated, it’s really not. Just ensure you have the flyer in hand when you are at the cash register, or, for those tech-savvy individuals out there that love their smart phone devices, there’s a Walmart Savings Catcher app that does a search for you when you plug in items you need. The app looks for stores in the area that have that item, but at a lower price, so that you can price match once you hit the store!
Another plus about shopping at Walmart is that a price match item can be used together with a coupon as well.
Last, but not least, Walmart offers their Great Value no name brand for a number of household and grocery items that any home needs, at a significantly lower price. More often than not, these products are just as good as name brands, with the same value and quality.
Much like Walmart, Target is a great big box store where households can save money on groceries and other items needed around the house, as well as a wide selection of baby items. They price match as well, with similar policies in place (i.e. proof of sale is needed, and the item needs to be the same as the one on sale) as Walmart. Those heading out to Target before their weekly shop will want to check out the company’s website for store coupons. In fact, while Target doesn’t allow coupon doubling, it will accept one manufacturer coupon along with one Target coupon for one item. Additionally, try not to throw out your receipt after you are done shopping at the store. There are times that Target will add coupons within the receipt, so you can save even more money on your next trip!
Lastly, the Target REDcard is a credit or debit card that gives customers five percent of their purchases back; so, if you shop a lot at the store, then you might want to apply for card and save even more money.
Unlike the stores above, the one thing where Kmart distinguishes itself from its big box competitors is the fact that does allow doubling up on coupons, which can create a huge amount of savings for customers shopping at their store; especially if said items in already on sale. Much like the other stores, the company offers printable coupons on its website for brand name items, as well store-wide savings when a customer spends a specific amount of money within one shop.
Another huge savings advantage for Kmart shoppers is the company’s Shop Your Way rewards program. Members earn and collect points every time they shop at the store, which can be later used to get free stuff. Bonus points can also be saved to get an even bigger bang on your buck.
For those coupon lovers out there, participating Kroger stores also offer customers the opportunity to double up on their coupons. Additionally, if you head to Kroger’s website, customers are given a plethora of opportunities to save money via the ‘Savings and Rewards’ section of the site. Not only will you find Kroger’s weekly sales and digital coupons, the store always has additional promotions going on to help their customers save. They also offer gas savings too! When you shop at the store using their Plus Card, Kroger clients earn fuel cards to use towards future gas purchases, which is perfect, because monthly gas expenses within any household budget can get very costly too!
Publix is another grocery chain where specific stores across the United States allow for doubling up coupons, which can offer huge savings for a household. Follow them on social media for a sneak peak into savings and promotions coming up, and Publix also provides store coupons on their website as well.
Lastly, the store is known for its weekly BOGO specials where customers can purchase one item and get the second one for free! A perfect savings’ strategy for stocking up on stuff that is regularly used or consumed around the house.