Who doesn't love saving money? There are so many ways out there for you to cut costs on items or save a little change in your pocket and you probably don't even realize it. I am always looking out for a a way to reduce my grocery bill, saving some money on online shopping, lowering bills, etc.
Here are a few money saving tips that I follow to help cut down my grocery bill or earning a little bit of cash in my pocket.
1.) Use coupons- One of the best and easiest ways to save money at the grocery store is to use coupons. There are so many ways to find coupons nowadays. In your newspaper, online printables, inside the store itself usually next to, or on the products, inside doctors offices, in your emails, etc. A lot of nation wide chain stores are now rolling into digital coupons, which means that you can download coupons from your smartphone to your account with that store.
2.) Use cashback apps- If you do not use cash back apps already, now is the time to start. You can get PAID for items that you buy at the store, or you can earn a percentage back based on your total online transaction. Items that you are going to purchase anyways such as milk, eggs, bread etc you can get money back. Yes, there are such things like that out there! Click here to learn more.
3.) Read and compare weekly ad's- All stores issue out a weekly ad that features all of their sale items. Spend a little bit of time and see what items are on sale where. If there are several things cheaper you are needing at a store you don't normally shop at, then it would be worth it to shop at a different store this time to save a little bit of cash.
4.) Enroll in Walmart's Savings Catcher- In reference to what I said above, if you are not able to shop at a different store due to it being out of the way or too far from where you live, if you shop at Walmart, they have an awesome program called Savings Catcher. Upload your receipt by scanning the QR code on the bottom of your receipt, and it automatically compares their prices to competitors, and if a cheaper price is found Walmart will PAY you the difference. How cool is that?
5.) Stock up on dry pasta- There are so many recipes out there that you can make with pasta. Pasta is great because it is so cheap and has a long shelf life. Meaning you can stock up and do not have to worry about the pasta going bad sitting in your pantry for a little while. The next time you see pasta on sale, take advantage of it! You won't have to worry about purchasing it for awhile on future shopping trips.
6.) Evaluate your uses- This section can relate to both your grocery and your regular bills. Are you throwing away a ton of expired food? Make sure you are evaluating what you have before you go to the store. It would suck to purchase something you already have and then end of having to throw away the rest, talk about a waste! Also, evaluate your phone, TV, internet, etc usage. See if how much you are using is the best for your budget. If you are never reaching the maximum amount you paying for, see if you are able to reduce your plan to a smaller plan, and if so do it!