Most savvy shoppers use manufacturers’ coupons when it comes to trying to save any kind of money while buying groceries. Coupons are a smart way to go as long as you are organized and can put forth a good effort to buy products you and your family will actually use. However, did you know by using your supermarket’s weekly ads you can double and sometimes triple your grocery shopping savings?
Use the Publix Weekly Ad As An Example
If you live in the southeastern part of the U.S., you may have access to a Publix store and if you do, you are in luck! Publix weekly ads always contain many buy one get one free offers (or BOGO’s as they are called) which you can easily take advantage of by assembling a shopping list around them. If you don’t have one of these stores in your area, Winn-Dixie works almost as well.
Here’s what I do:
- I visit the official web site online and I start by looking at the first page of the weekly. From there, I systematically start adding BOGO products into my online shopping cart one by one until I have exhausted every page. I usually end up with 5 to 10 products of this nature and I quickly decide how many of them I am going to buy.
- Next, I go right back to the first page and start adding other products on sale that interest me, keeping in mind I will only choose products I will make use of. It’s easy to end up buying things you don’t want and this is contrary to what you want to accomplish. By the way, haven’t you noticed how common it is to buy products you will never use when you utilize coupons for your purchases? Stay away from items you don’t use and you will thank me for it later!
- After that, I add the basic staples my family consumes such as milk, eggs, coffee, etc. These items are usually not on sale at Publix but they are virtually the only items I ever buy at full price. I almost always buy meats and chicken when they are on sale because it’s easy for me to go online and see what’s on sale at any local grocery store.
- Finally, I use any and all coupons I have saved from the previous two weekend Sunday papers. This gives me an added savings of approximately $20.oo.
A few things I’d like to add; Wednesdays are my favorite days to shop for food because grocers usually reduce prices to get rid of stock for new items advertised. Also, it’s wise to mix in a weekly ad from CVS or Walgreen’s for items such as toilet paper, toothpaste, etc. The whole idea is to take the time to plan ahead of you can because it will help you save more money than you ever dreamed possible in the long run.
I enjoy taking my Publix receipt, looking at the amount of savings through the BOGO and other offers, and pocketing the difference in a piggy bank to be used for weekend trips and vacations. You would be surprised to know my jar sometimes contains well over a thousand dollars during the course of a year!
When most people think of saving money while shopping for groceries, they think of using coupons. I find using coupons to be quite a chore. It’s difficult for me to take time out to start cutting coupons for products I don’t even use or even joining some of those coupon cutting sites I hear so much about.
There are even websites you can join that actually let you buy coupons for products you normally use. The way it works is; you pick and choose, say 10 to 15 product coupons. When you buy them at the checkout you get a pretty substantial savings on these manufacturer coupons and you can use them virtually anywhere. In other words, for two dollars worth of coupons you end up saving roughly $6-$15. Using the sort of system can actually add up to quite a bit of savings throughout the year.
However, my favorite and only way to save money while shopping for groceries is probably the easiest method. I use weekly ads or weekly flyers as they’re sometimes called.
I use Publix weekly ads from their official website for a store near my home and I assemble a list containing the buy one get one free offers of my choosing. Then, I quickly skim through some of the other available offers and with within 10 minutes or so, I have assembled a list with the potential to save me approximately $30-$50 per trip for $150.00 worth of groceries.
I save an average of $100.00 a month with this method which if fine by me! That’s an extra $1,200.00 a year I can use for a trip or anything else I would like.
Last night at about 10:00 P.M., I passed by the local Best Buy and saw a line of people who had to measure at least the length of a football field standing in line getting ready for shopping black Friday, waiting for this retailer to open its doors for Gray Thursday, Black Friday’s newest family member. I have never been one to stand in those stress-filled lines for hours just to get a good deal on a television set but I can tell you I have a few family members who make Black Friday a part of their family tradition. I have always figured there has to be more to this than simply trying to get a great deal.
Is Shopping Black Friday Worth It?
Does it really make sense to go through the madness and sometimes dangerous journey through the doors of your favorite retail store to get one or two items you have your heart set on, or is this sacred shopping day overrated?
Experts mostly agree on one thing; if you shop Black Friday looking for bargains on electronics like those people I saw at Best Buy, you are going to save quite a bit of money as long as you make a shopping plan based off the weekly ads in the Thursday newspaper or by looking at their deals on retailers’ web sites.
Shopadvisor, an established website that allows you to create a free account so you can enter specific products and receive an alert when their prices drop, claims shopping Black Friday may be one of the worst ways to get that special bargain you are looking for. They compiled this information through electronic data which revealed that in the 54 days preceding Christmas from November 1st through December 24th, Black Friday had the lowest percentage of products on sale.
If you think about this for a second, it makes perfect sense. You need to know if you shop Black Friday, companies are not in business to lose money and this is the oldest retail trick in the book. It’s called using a “loss leader.”
Loss leaders are products retailers sell at a very low cost, sometimes below their market value, to get you into the doors and buy all those other products in the store which are not a bargain at all.
So, the only way to really save money while shopping Black Friday is to snatch those few special items at a loss leader price and to not be suckered into buying anything else that day unless you have verified it’s on sale. Retailers know people are in a frenzy this time of year and regularly priced products are laid out all over the stores where the temptation to buy them is difficult to control. For example, you can buy one or two television sets at a rock bottom price and save big money but if you continue shopping and fill your cart up with regularly priced items, your savings go right out the window like a losing gambler playing blackjack who doesn’t know when to stop!