How to Save Money on Groceries
We don’t care who you are, what your income level is – everyone has to eat! This short article discusses how to save money on groceries without having to scan receipts etc. We personally use these methods to save hundreds of dollars every month on our household groceries. There are no ‘scam’ sites, we have vetted everything so that you can be sure that these sites are not a waste of time.
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We use Ebates (read our review here) to save money on many of our online purchases. Unfortunately, Ebates cannot be used for every day grocery shopping. This is where the methods below can really help!
How to Save Money on Groceries
In our household we use two main ways to save money on non-perishable groceries, household supplies and toiletries. I find that it saves us a lot of money shopping online instead of going to conventional stores. Of course, we still have to go the grocery store to get our perishable items (e.g. fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese, milk, etc.)
1. Cartwheel Target App
Target’s Cartwheel app allows you to browse items that have discounts and when you see an offer that you like, you just add it to your list. Discounts range from 5% to 50% off in a variety of categories.
The app also has coupons as well, and all you need to do is have them scan your Cartwheel barcode and coupon barcode when you check out. These coupons can be used online as well.
However, the Cartwheel offers are only available in the stores. Every Sunday, Cartwheel comes out with new offers, and coupons, so check back often!
Tip: If you have the Target Redcard, you can combine the Cartwheel and coupon offers with your 5% Redcard discount.
Our Experience With Target
Here is a personal example: I used a coupon last month that gave me us $10 Target gift card for spending $50 in groceries. That is 20% cashback!
What we bought: We eat a lot of oatmeal in our household (Russell loves his oatmeal!) so I stocked up on it. We also bought nuts, coffee (Russell’s runs on coffee!), tea, granola bars, popcorn, and soup.
2. Amazon Prime Pantry
Amazon Prime Pantry is available to Amazon Prime members (Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial) and it allows you to fill a box with non-perishable groceries items, toiletries, and household supplies, etc. Shipping is $5.99 (there are often promo codes for reduced or free shipping).
Prime Pantry has digital coupons available for many of its items. We routinely save $5 to $10 by using their digital coupons. It’s nice that they make it so easy to save money with coupons!
Pros: Heavy items delivered to your door! We often buy sparkling water and it is nice not to have to lug it up our apartment stairs!
Cons: Shipping costs $5.99, but their are often discount codes and promotions.
3. SavingStar – How To Save Money On Groceries
The SavingStar grocery coupon app is the BEST out there for saving money on groceries. It has a 4.2/5 star rating from more than 29,000 reviews on the Google Play store.
We have found that SavingStar is the best way save on your groceries and online shopping. The grocery coupons are fully digital with nothing to clip or print. The SavingStar Cash Back Mall allows you to earn cash back into your SavingStar account when you shop at hundreds of online stores. SavingStar has over 5 million members and was founded in 2011.
Give SavingStar a try it is completely free! It is like a mixture of Ibotta (use referral code tsvjqjd to get a $10 sign-up bonus!) and Ebates (we highly recommend both of those as well!). If you love these kind of grocery shopping cash back apps then you should also try Checkout51 which is very similar.
We hope that you try out these three different ways to save money on groceries. Every little bit of savings can make the difference – it is about just getting into the habit of using these resources.
Russell and Maleah