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SD Tips: Find the Best Grocery Deals
For many people, groceries take up a huge chunk of the budget. Fortunately, there are ways to save money beyond simply eating like a poor college student. From the way you shop, to where and when you shop, saving on groceries just takes a little planning. We’ve put together all the grocery coupons and deals in one place to help save you some time. Check back frequently to make sure you stay updated on the latest savings opportunities.
Many grocery stores release their new ad sales on Wednesdays, while still honoring the previous week’s sales, making it a prime time to save. If you shop at night, you might see even more discounts on perishables from the bakery and deli as these departments will discount items for a quick sale. As an added bonus, most grocery stores are pretty slow on Wednesday nights, so you won’t have to fight the crowds.
When it comes to picking the best place to buy grocery, get to know your options. Your local grocery store likely offers decent prices after discounts and coupons, but some grocery stores still allow coupon stacking (combining a manufacturer and store coupon), which could save you big. Publix, Safeway, Target and even Whole Foods all allow coupon stacking, so be sure to take advantage of that when you can.
Many folks love warehouse stores like Sam’s Club and Costco, and you can certainly save big on some bulk items, but just be sure you’ll actually use the things you buy. Wasting money on produce you’re never going to eat can really take a bite out of your budget.
Also, don’t forget about your local Asian, Mexican or Indian market. Because they are better about sourcing their items, often cutting out the middleman, they typically have lower prices on meat, produce and spices.
Finally, wherever and whenever you shop for food and other groceries, make a plan. A list made from meals that you’ve already planned out for the week will cut down on impulse buys and ensure that you’re only getting the food you need, instead of whatever looks good.