Saturday, 5 September 2015

How much did your Peanut Butter Cost? Save money on your groceries!

One strategy that I use to save money on groceries is price matching and using coupons. I have reduced my grocery bill by approx 30%-40%. We spend an average of $500 a month on groceries so that is approx $150-$200.

Flipp LogoPrice matching is quite simple so please do not feel overwhelmed by the thought of it. It does take a bit of preparation but it is worth it. I am a visual person so I like to look at my weekly flyers and write my grocery list down. I write the name of the store and what I want to price match down. Another tool that I use is Flipp, it is an amazing app. You can search what you are looking for and then save it on your phone. For Flipp you can download it from the Google Play store.

When you want to price match you need to match apples to apples. If you see Kraft Peanut Butter for sale and it is 1 kg then you can not price match the Skippy brand, you must price match the exact same item. When you go to the register you tell the cashier that you would like to price match the peanut butter. If the peanut butter is $4.99 in the store but $2.88 in the flyer or Flipp app then you just saved  $2.11. Price matching does not stop at shelved items, I price match produce, meat, bakery, pharmacy, quite honestly anything that the store sells and you can prove another stores price. Unfortunately  you can not price match at all stores. My go to stores are Wal Mart, No Frills and Superstore. Hopefully you can see how these savings add up.

When prices are low, such as the Kraft Peanut Butter for $2.88 then I stock up on them. My kids eat Peanut Butter by the spoonful!

These flyers are from the same week.

Another strategy for more savings is to use coupons when you are shopping. You can find online coupons, obtain coupons from your weekly flyers (Smart Source inserts), or sign up through manufacturers for coupons. Did you know that Chapman's gives out a yearly coupon for $5, all you have to do is ask. There are some great blogs out there for saving money while shopping, one of my favourites is Savings Guru

Image result for imaageWait I am not done! There are also rebates that can be
obtained after you shop. Checkout 51 is a wonderful
app and a way to get some of your hard earned money

I am nowhere near as good as I could be at price
matching and coupon shopping and I know that if
I had the time to put more effort into it, I could
most likely save another 20%. When I retire this will
happen but for now I am content knowing that I am
saving money.

A few other techniques I use are I always look to see what is in the reduced, bakery and produce area and the discount shelves or carts in the store. I also ask the employees what day and times they look through the  inventory and put it out (some stores have specific times they have to go through their stock). Hopefully the tips that I have given you can help you save some money as well, remember a penny saved is a penny earned.

This is just 1 more way that I sweat the small stuff!

Do you have a story you want to tell, leave me a comment, I would love to hear about it!

1 comment:

  1. Just downloaded the Flipp App, thanks! The discount produce shelf is great for making spaghetti or salsa!