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New Ways to Save at the Grocery Store
1/23/2014 11:34:26 AM

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There are many ways to make simple, sustainable changes to your everyday spending routine that can make a big impact over time. A great place to start cutting back is on grocery expenses, which is our third largest expense, according to US government statistics. It’s a way to save thousands annually.

“Saving money at the grocery store can seem tedious. But smart strategies can eliminate time-consuming coupon clipping and save you big at the store,” says Erin Chase, the "$5 Dinner Mom," author, blogger and frugal living expert.

To help you kick off the year right, Chase is offering hassle-free tips for cutting expenses:

-Compare Prices-

You can save up to 70 percent on groceries by comparing prices across stores, which adds up to hundreds, even thousands of dollars annually. But manual comparison shopping can be tricky and involve running all over town.

Let technology do the work for you. Over half of all consumers currently use technology to grocery shop. Get on board the trend to save money and time.

For example, with the Favado app, you can view sale prices from multiple stores to figure out which has the best deal. With just a few clicks from your computer or smartphone, you can enjoy the satisfaction of having paid the lowest price possible. You can also use the app to create and share shopping lists.

For more information about the app, or to download, visit

-Loyalty Programs-

For additional savings, sign up for loyalty or club cards. Items on sale with loyalty cards change periodically, so stock up on items you buy regularly when prices are low. Make tracking sales easier with an app like Cardstar that stores all your loyalty, rewards, and membership cards in one place.

-Follow the Cycles-

Most groceries you purchase regularly will eventually go on sale. In fact, most items go on sale every eight to 12 weeks. The key is to buy as much of the item as you need while it’s on sale to last you until the next cycle.

-Buy In-Season-

In-season fruits and vegetables tend to be more affordable. Find out what fruits and vegetables are in season in your local area and purchase accordingly. The Seasons app tells you what's in season locally. With 214 entries that include an image, description and seasonal stats, users can easily decide what to buy.

-Buy One, Get One-

Many grocers offer buy-one, get-one free sales. This is a great way to save without clipping coupons. You can easily uncover these sales on a shopping app like Favado.

Don’t waste your hard earned money paying more for groceries than necessary. With a little planning, you can score great deals on the things your family needs and wants.

Source via StatePoint

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