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If coupons are not your cup of tea, there are still many ways to cut your grocery budget without cutting a single coupon! Keep in mind you could do better with a few coupons, but I won’t nag you.
First you want to apply the two big basic principles behind Southern Savers (without any coupons of course).
- Only buy what’s on sale.
- Buy enough of what’s on sale to get you through until it’s on sale again.
To do both of these you need to understand that every item in a grocery has a rock bottom low price. Prices fluctuate constantly for items, so you want to learn the best price for the items you purchase. For most items that price is 40% off or more. Once you see the best price, you want to stock up. Grocery sales run like clockwork on a 6-8 week cycle. Grabbing taco shells at 50% off and getting enough to last 6 weeks means you will never run out and have to pay full price.
To see what is the best price each week, look up the store you want to shop at on Southern Savers. I don’t type the entire store ad, the only items on the list will be deals that are at least 40% off or more! You can ignore all the coupons just check the boxes to make a list. At the bottom you’ll see a small check box that says “Include Coupon Matchups” uncheck the box and magically you have a shopping list of just sale items without any of those pesky coupons!
Just buying what’s on sale and stocking up on will save you an easy 40-50% off, but you can still take this a few steps further.
Here are some other savings tips:
Give Up Brand Loyalties
Being brand loyal is the one thing that every brand wants. You will buy their products no matter the price. The problem for you is that you are ignoring great deals on similar products. While you are stuck only buying $4 Tide detergent you missed the chance to get the same size bottle of all for 67¢. (Or since we aren’t using coupons here, $1.67)
Pick The Best Store For Deals
If you think you are saving money buying all your groceries at Walmart you are very wrong. To get the best prices you want to buy groceries in a grocery store! Not only because they have sales and Walmart doesn’t, but also because they run promotions like instant savings deals, fuelperks, free milk, and many others. This is a foreign language to Walmartians, but just believe me.
Search for Deals on Items You Need
We all have moments that we run out of an item before it comes back on sale. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the item search on Southern Savers. Look for this bar on the right hand of the site (or find the button on the Southern Savers app). Now search to your hearts content for just the items you need right now. The item search will show you what stores have it on sale this week.
My hope is that after we get you to save 50% just following sale cycles we can convince you to throw in 1 or 2 coupons. It’s a gateway to much bigger things.