When you live in a rural area that only has a few stores with a limited selection, you learn to keep your eyes open for unique places to save money on groceries.
I’ve scored some great deals on groceries and household items just by thinking outside the box (or, um, grocery store).
Check out these unconventional places to save on groceries:
Convenience stores. Convenience stores are normally well known for convenience – not great prices. But a few of my local convenience stores have great sales on milk, juice, and bottled water. Many stores have rewards programs that reward you for filling up your gas tank. You can use those rewards to pick up food or household items (like toilet paper) for cheap or even free.
Drugstores. You can score some great deals on groceries at your local Walgreens, CVS, or Rite Aid with some coupons and a little know-how. Learn to play the drugstore game and you’ll have a stocked pantry at rock-bottom prices. Chief Family Officer has some good info for beginners on how to save at the drugstores.
Dollar stores. Dollar stores can be an excellent source for grocery savings – especially when it comes to things like spices or snacks. And The Dollar Tree even accepts manufacturer coupons, so you can sometimes get things for free or cheap.
Garage sales and estate sales. While not a reliable source of groceries, sometimes you can pick up new, unopened food or household items like paper towels at garage sales or estate sales. The prices will be excellent – but buyer beware – you don’t know how the item has been stored. Check the expiration dates and use caution. I’ve also been to several sales in which the homeowners sold fresh baked goodies at a bargain.
Surplus stores. Surplus stores or scratch-and-dent stores can be a good source of discount groceries. Just make sure to closely examine the packaging and check dates before purchasing.
Online. One of my favorite ways to save on groceries and household items is by shopping online at stores like Amazon. You can get some great deals – often with free shipping. You also save money because you don’t have to drive to the store and you’re less likely to impulse shop.
Where do you find deals on groceries?
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About Christina Brown
Christina loves clipping coupons, pinching pennies, and chasing her three boys (a 9-year-old and twin 7-year-olds) as a stay-at-home mom.