This post is part 7 of the series Taking Charge of Your Grocery Shopping. Check in here for the complete list.
Saving money is a popular activity. Groceries are one of the easiest things to save on, and here’s how I do it.
The easiest way to find coupons is simply to google them. There are lots of different sites that offer different coupons for different things, and you can click and print the ones that you need.
Stores publish their ads each week, and in them you can find that week’s sales and sometimes, store coupons. Sale Ads are most helpful to me when I’m meal planning. I look and see what is on sale (especially meats and produce) as I plan what we’re going to eat that week. It helps jog my memory when I’m having a blank, and helps much checkbook retain its hard-earned grocery money.
Favado is an app that compares grocery prices at stores nearby you. You plug in what stores you want it to compare, and it will pull up their sale ads so you know where the deals are.
Ibotta is another app, but it gives you cash back on purchases you are already making. Ibotta might be one of my favorite things ever. It’s simple to unlock rebates (sometimes you answer a question or watch a quick video), and then you upload a picture of your receipt at the end of your shopping trip. The funds usually hit your (Ibotta) account in 48 hours, and when you have $20 saved up, you can cash out with gift cards to places like Amazon.com, Olive Garden, Target, Old Navy, etc.
The great thing about Ibotta is that they also have contests and bonuses. It might be “redeem 12 rebates and make an extra $2” or “redeem these three specific rebates and make an extra $1.” The sky’s the limit. They also offer team bonuses. If you’re on a team (like mine!), and your team earns a certain amount in a set time, everyone gets a bonus. You can join my team by signing up through my referral link
The other fun thing is that Ibotta gives you a $10 bonus for signing up and redeeming your first rebate. You’re halfway to a gift card, with just one use. They also give me a referral bonus if you sign up through my link. Once you’re signed up, you can use your own referral code (they give them to you automatically) to encourage your own friends to sign up also, and get a bonus yourself!
Checkout 51 is another rebate app like Ibotta. Their rebate base is smaller, but I’ve still made some money through them and I always check to see what rebates they have available.
We’re almost done! You’ve planned, made your list, shopped, saved a little money, and now it’s time to put everything away. Check in tomorrow to find out how I pull this off to make the coming weeks easier.