In recent years, coupons have become extremely popular and many people use them in order to save money on items they need to buy on a weekly basis. However, not everyone has the time to go through coupons to decide which ones they can use nor is everyone able to find coupons for the supermarkets in their areas. But if you would still like to save some money when going grocery shopping without the need of coupons, keep on reading this article because I am about to give you some extremely easy tips that will help you.
1. Shop at the cheapest supermarkets. Although this is going to sound extremely obvious and predictable, many people still haven’t though about it. You might not be aware of this, but depending on what supermarket you shop at, you might pay considerably more for the same item in certain stores. All you have to do is go around and see which supermarket sells the items you need for the lowest price.
2. When an item you tend to buy regularly is on sale, buy as many as possible. If you know you are always going to need that particular shampoo and you notice that, for some reason, it’s on sale, buy a few in order to save some money.
3. When you write your shopping list, single out the most expensive items and think about whether there are less expensive alternatives to those very same items. Doing this could potentially save you a lot of money.
4. Buy vegetables in their original form. Many people haven’t noticed this, but if you buy vegetables that have already been washed, cut and sealed at the supermarket, you will be paying some extra money compared to if you were buying those very same vegetables in their original form.
5. Check the unit price of certain items. Sometimes buying a large packet of a certain product will end up being cheaper than buying a few smaller packages of the very same product. That is why checking the unit price of that particular item is very important.
6. Name-brand items are way more popular but also much more expensive, so try to look for less popular brands that sell the same product. Usually you will find these cheaper items around the name-brand ones, just a little higher or lower on the shelves, so they are harder to find. Just keep your eyes wide open and you will find them and end up saving money.
7. Depending on the time of the year, some items will be discounted, so stock up on them during these periods. Products such as condiments, hot dogs, chicken and chips are usually discounted around Memorial Day, the fourth of July and Labor Day, while canned goods and turkey tend to be discounted around Thanksgiving.
8. Ask for a discount on food items that are about to expire. Since the shop will want to get rid of the food that is expiring in just a few days, ask for a discount so you will pay less and still be able to have products such as sandwich meat which will still be fresh for a few days.
9. Buy certain products in bulk at the warehouse club rather than at the grocery store. Items such as laundry detergent, pasta, meat and fish can be much cheaper when bought in bulk in these places. Just make sure you have enough space in your freezer.