Want to make sure you are stretching your dollars the farthest when you shop for groceries? Considering how often most of us go grocery shopping, the reality is that even a little bit saved each week could add up to hundreds, even potentially thousands, of dollars over the course of a year. Here are eight ways to make sure you are stretching your dollars the farthest each and every time you shop for groceries, starting with:
Shop online for coupons before going to the grocery store
Before you even go to a grocery store, you should check out some of the many online coupon sites that can lead to substantial savings on groceries. These websites include Coupons.com, Redplum.com, and SmartSource.com, to name just a few.
Join your supermarket’s loyalty program
Signing up for a grocery store’s Loyalty Program, and checking in regularly to see what promotions they are running, will add substantially to your bottom line savings.
Plan meal selections around food discount opportunities
Most folks make a list of the foods they want to eat, then shop for them. Why not go to the grocery store or online coupon site first, see what promotions or advertisements are running, and plan your menu accordingly?
Learn which store consistently has the best prices on your most commonly purchased foods
Have a list of items you always purchase, such as cereal, eggs, milk, apples, etc.? Visit a few stores in your neighborhood and identify the ones that consistently have the best prices on these foods.
Shop for foods in season
The more seasonal a food is, the more likely it can be found at a lower price – and will taste better besides.
Slice meats, fruits, and vegetables yourself
You’ll save anywhere from 33% to 50% if you avoid purchasing pre-sliced fruits and vegetables and avoid deli counters.
Purchase food at “big-box” stores
Big-box stores like Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Walmart, among others, offer food items in large packages that can lead to substantial savings over time.
Consider buying meat, poultry, and fish in bulk
Most folks resist buying meat, chicken, and fish in bulk because they’re concerned about freshness. But as long your freezer is set at the proper level even these foods can be stored safely for substantial amounts of time.
We hope these eight tips on stretching your dollars the furthest will help you keep as much of your money as possible where it belongs – in your pocket. Our company, J.G. Wentworth, is a firm believer in the adage “a penny saved is a penny earned”; it is also our hope that all our customers, past and present, become as financially prudent as possible, and develop shopping habits that lead to substantial savings over time. If you are looking for financial assistance or for cash now out of your structured settlement or annuity payments, please call us today at 877-227-4713.