You don’t have to clip coupons to reduce your grocery bill. These 3 easy ways to save money at the grocery store really are simple, and the savings adds up surprisingly fast.
By now, I think we’ve all watched, or at least heard of, the TV show Extreme Couponers. As someone who uses coupons, I watched the show when it first premiered. I was fascinated by the women- and the men- who ventured into the grocery store and emerged five hours later with carts full of groceries and a 98% savings.
If that scenario sounds like something you do on a regular basis, this post probably isn’t for you.
If you dislike clipping coupons, but enjoy saving money when it requires minimal time and effort on your part, then you should keep reading.
Below are the three things I do after every grocery shopping trip to save money. Actually, to be accurate, it isn’t saving money so much as it is getting cash back. So while you’ll end up paying the same amount while you’re at the store, you’ll accumulate cash back that can be deposited straight into your bank account.
ibotta is a free app that allows you to accumulate cash back. Before you shop, browse ibotta’s offers for specific items. To unlock the cash back rebate for each product, you just have to complete easy tasks like taking polls, watching brief videos, and scanning recipes.
After your trip to the grocery store, scan the bar code on the items you bought and upload an image of your receipt. ibotta will credit you for the rebates within a few hours. When you’ve reached a minimum of $10, you can cash out into a PayPal account or redeem your earnings for various gift cards.
2. snap by groupon
Snap by Groupon is a cash back app that’s similar to ibotta. The difference is, you don’t have to complete any offers. At any given time, Snap has anywhere between 30 and 50 offers, sometimes for specific products and sometimes and for generic products, like bread or produce. Just buy anything from that list, upload a photo of your receipt, and select the products you purchased. Snap will credit you for the rebates and you can cash out when you reach a minimum amount.
3. walmart savings catcher
Considering I do most of our grocery shopping at Walmart, I’m not sure why I was skeptical about this app for so long. Now that I have it, it’s the easiest one to use. Just shop like normal at Walmart. When you’re done, use the app to scan the code on your receipt. The app will compare the prices of the products you bought to the prices of local competitors. If you paid more than the competitors charge, Walmart will pay you the difference.
Because I live in a pretty rural area, Walmart only compares my receipt to 14 local competitors; sometimes they don’t find any savings on my receipts (not that it’s a bad thing to know that I got the best deals and only had to shop at one store). On a recent trip to Tennessee, I submitted a receipt from a grocery shopping trip there and it was compared to 54 competitors; I received $6.45 back for that single trip. If you live in or around a bigger city, you could potentially make decent money.
What are your simple tips for saving cash- or getting it back- at the grocery store?
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