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Groceries, food, sustenance. We all need groceries. Yes, it’s a sad fact that we have to spend money but we can also save on groceries too.
Before we get to the easy part, what is your mindset when you go grocery shopping? Is it “I have to but I don’t want to” or maybe more of “let’s get this over with”. Wherever your mindset, let’s try a mini makeover. What if you tried to make a game of how much you can save on groceries? I don’t particularly enjoy grocery shopping but when I make it into a game, I find it more…..enjoyable. Let’s take advantage of small monotonous tasks like this to bring humor and fun into our life.
Strap on your high boots! We are going in deep!
One & Done
I shop once a week. You read that right. I shop on Sundays. Grocery shopping takes time, money, restraint, and brain power. I can relinquish that energy once a week. Otherwise I prefer to spend my time doing things that don’t involve spending money. Like reading another self-help book, it’s like therapy but cheaper with less awkward crying.
Lists are Your Friend
I admit it! I love crossing items off a list. A grocery store list is no exception. Typically households eat the same thing week after week, as you are gearing up for the grocery store have a quick look through the cupboards and fridge. It takes but a moment but can prevent extra trips for one item that suddenly decides to invite all their friends from the cookie isle. Meal planning for the week is also a great way to limit extra trips to the grocery store. Adulting win!
Time to explore the outer limits! I am referring using the outer edges of a grocery store. Fruit, vegetables, dairy, and meat reside on the outside edges of the store. This layout is intentional and a marketing ploy. The path of least resistance is right through the isles which tempt you with things like oreos, ice cream, and tampons. It’s sneaky and effective. I try to stay on the outer edges of the store because it’s those interior aisles that provide all the temptation and require restraint.
Store Loyalty is a Thing
Most grocery stores have loyalty programs. Are they tracking what you buy and when you buy it? Yes. However, discounts are common with loyalty apps. For example, in my small town America we have Albertson’s and they have an app where they select coupons based on what I typically buy. Bonus round: I build up rewards for using their program and get cash back. When my points are about to expire, I cash out and put those rewards on my next grocery bill. It’s an easy way to save on groceries as long as you’re not paranoid about big industry tracking your food habits.
All the Apps
Where would we be without apps? Saving a lot less money! Grocery saving apps are the best because they are easy to use and take very little effort to get cash money!
Fetch Rewards is super easy to use because all you have to do is take a picture of your grocery receipt. Then watch the rewards roll into your account. Win! If this sounds like easy money, it is. Speaking of easy money, here is my referral code FE1FE. Referral codes are the best because you get money just for signing up. Use my referral and you earn an instant 2,000 points! Saving feels so good!
If your a simple list kinda person, take a peek at Checkout 51. You scroll through items and select which one you purchased. Then you take a picture of your receipt and cash is delivered to your account. Checkout 51 just got better, you can cash in on gas receipts too! Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better it does with my referral link a little boost for your savings.
Am I making millions from these shopping apps? Your cute but no. However, I will get an occasional $20 for things I am already doing. Grocery saving win!
Small Change Leads to Big Returns
These small recommendations can lead to impressive payoffs. Each one of these tips can help you save on groceries. Isn’t that what we all want? To break the chain of financial scarcity and find financial freedom. Gain more money and spend it on the important things in life? You deserve that. We all do.
How do you save on groceries?