It seems hard to save money when the prices on everything are going up. As the main shopper in the house, moms need be savey shoppers, but finding the time to hunt down bargins and clip coupons almost don’t seem worth the effort. Here is an easy how-to, to save money that is truely useful for us Colorado Springs moms.
Step one in saving money on the family food bill is knowing how to shop. Start by collecting information about sales that are going on right here in town. Don’t have time? Try Alice.com, it is a vitrual store where you can great a list of your favorite products by name. It automaticly applies coupons and shipping is free. It will also let you know when your current supply is getting low and it’s time to reorder. Amazon is also great way buying bulk items and other house hold items at a lower price, as stated by Jancie Lieberman of Reader’s Digest on “How to save money when buying in bulk.” How about getting paid to shop? Ebates is an online shopping site that allows you to shop at your favorite stores online while using coupons and other discounts. Each store will give you back a certain percentage and over time you save up some real money that can be deposited back into your won PayPal account. Check out Springs Bargains for insider tips on coupons and deals right here in our own town. All of these sites are free and easy to use.
Coupon cliping can save you money, but it can take a lot of time. Go to King Soopers web site to add coupons of your choice to your King Soopers card and they will automaticly apply in the store. Also check your favorite stores to see if they have any product coupons that are easy to print. Some products offer coupons right on their own site, so look there too if you don’t see a coupon on the stores site or in the Sunday paper. Another good place to get coupons is on the product it self. Check inside that box the toothpaste before you throw it away, you may find a coupons waiting for you. However, becareful not to buy something just because you have a coupon for it; if you don’t need it then don’t buy it.
Step two is knowing when to shop. It is best to shop on Wednesdays, because that is when most grocery stores restock their shelves in perperation for weekend shoppers. So if fresh produce and meat is what you are looking for, change your shopping day to Wednesdays instead of Saturdays. Also Sunflower Farmers Market offers double add deal days on Wednesdays where you can get the best produce at the best price, shop early or go late to beat the rush. Sign up for their eNewsletter to recieve their new coupons.
Step three is knowing where to shop. Sunflower Farmers Market is a great place to go for local produce and sometimes meats. Shopping at farmers markets at parks can sometimes cost more. If you don’t know how much peaches or corn cost you normally you maybe shocked to learn latter that you paid more at a stand. Go at the end of the day or before noon (depending on how long the market is open for) and you can sometimes haggle a good price with the farmer. He doesn’t want to take his goods back home, so offer him a good price and you come away with more for your money. Try buying straight from the source. Grant Family Farms offers good deals on produce, meats, and dairy from their farm. Check out their site for prices and seasons. They offer a bulk rate for their produce and meats, then go to a drop off location to pick up your order at a weekly interval.Split an order with a friend and save even more money. Have some time on your hands? Work at the farm a few hours a week and earn a discount on your food.
Bulk stores like Costco and Sams Club can save you money if you know how to do it right. If the $30-40 fee is worth it to you, shop and stock up at these stores, “Stay focused and buy only what you need and will use within a reasonable time period.” Says Janice Lieberman. Make sure too, that you have room for that extra large jar of Miracle Whip before you try to fit into your pantry. These bulk stores also put out coupons that can also add to the savings.
Step four is to not be brand loyal. Store brands are offten cheaper than name brands, and sometimes healthier. Targets store brands, Market Place and Archer Farms, are more allergy friendly, healthy, and sometimes organic at a lower cost then name brands. Also most stores have a clearance seciton near the back of the store near the bathrooms or the offices with times that are close to the experation date. Target puts these items on the end caps. There is also a store near Old Colorado City called Bargin Mart that carries almost expired or already expired dry and canned goods that are sometimes beat up and unsellable at chain stores. This is a good way to get cheap canned goods or dry pasta if you don’t care if it’s a month past it’s prime.