Grocery shopping in the city can be seen as an expensive burden (and it definitely can be…I’m looking at you, Whole Foods) But it’s time to log off the Seamless account and quit spending so much on going out to eat, because there are ways you can save without looking like a crazy coupon lady. If you want to hoard thousands of tuna fish cans in your small apartment space, I won’t judge you, but perhaps you should considering follow these tips instead:
1. Buy bulk items online (instead of Costco & BJ’s)
Costco and BJ’s are great….if you live in suburbia and can spend extra money per year on a membership. We are in the age of technology, so why not take advantage? Multiple websites allow you to buy items in bulk for cheaper than the discount chains. They even sometimes deliver for free.
Thrive Market is a great, healthier online alternative to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, selling natural, organic items for up to 50 percent off retail prices. When you spend over $49 (too easy to do) it delivers to your door for free, and it often has additional promotions such as free items included with a purchase. The market also gives an extra 20 percent off a first purchase for Penny Hoarder readers. (Clearly hoarding has its perks).
2. Take a picture of your receipts
Utilize that great new iPhone camera and save money while doing it. By taking a photo of your groceries, you can receive cash back for many of your purchases through the website and app, Ibotta. All you need to do is sign up with your name and email, then browse through the cash-back offers in your neighborhood. If you find something that catches your fancy, take a picture and voila — cash back babay. More money for brunching.
3. Scan your groceries
The Nielsen Company will pay you to scan your groceries. Yes, pay you. WHAT AN AWESOME IDEA.
How easy is that? All you have to do is fill out an application here. They will then send you a scanner, or you can use your smartphone, to scan your bar codes on the back of each purchase and send the data over to Nielsen. You can also earn points towards merchandise and be a part of any sweepstakes they offer. Make your opinion count, people! It’s for the good of your wallet.
4. Check for debit or credit card bonus deals
Besides checking for the usual savings at coupons.com, the site also offers you a section on discounts that can be linked to your debit or credit card. When you swipe your card when shopping, the deal with your purchase will immediately be applied. This is so simple and necessary for this immediate-gratification age we live in.
5. Sign up for newsletters in order to get high-value coupons
Nobody likes receiving emails they never read, but if the newsletter includes hundreds of dollars in savings, you may want to sign yourself up. (Or use an email you never check, except for this purpose.)
Betty Crocker isn’t just for your 1950s housewife recipes — it can also bring you some major coupons of up to $250 for your dietary needs. The free email sign up also gives you access to those fancy recipes, as well as free samples! Samples for everyone!
Pillsbury is not just a dough boy — it’s great place for up to $250 in coupons, some more samples, and more recipes. The best of all worlds.
Tablespoon does the exact same thing as the above — BUT you get one set of coupons per person. Lame, but sign up anyways! Savings are savings.
Grocery shopping just got a whole lot easier and more fun, so take advantage and fill up your 200-feet space with coupons and bulk items! You won’t regret the savings.