Plan your trip before you go. Make a list and check it against the sale fliers. Visit sites like A Full Cup, Coupon Mom and Hot Coupon World to see what kinds of deals you can get before you go. Be Thrifty Like Us and Money Saving Mom also have great tips for getting deals at the major drugstores.
Don’t go hungry. You’ll buy more than you need and most of it will be junk.
Don’t shop with anyone else. In order to save the most money, you need to be focused on prices, using your coupons, and finding great deals. Other people, even well-meaning ones, can distract you from your money-saving mission.
Shop the perimeters of stores. In grocery stores, the perimeter is where you’ll find the healthiest foods. In stores like Target and Walmart, it’s where you’ll find the clearance items.
Look up and down. The lowest priced items are usually on the top shelves or the bottom shelves. The more expensive items are kept at eye level so that you are more drawn to them.
Look left and right. Many shelves are also organized to have the more expensive items on the left hand side because they grab your attention.
Check the shelf tags to be sure you’re really getting a bargain. The Super Target near me often puts up signs on items that say “Price Cut.” But if you gently lift the sign up, you will see that the price is exactly the same as it was before the price cut. Make sure a sale is really a sale and not a marketing technique.
Keep an eye out for peelies. Peelies are those little coupons that are stuck on some products. Sometimes the savings make the product worth buying.
Watch your weight. If you’re buying produce by the pound, by the smallest amount you can. If you’re buying produce by the item, get the largest one you can.
Give your produce a good shake before you check out. Most stores water their produce… and that makes it weigh more.
Look at the scratch and dent items. I recently found two slightly dented boxes of Rice Krispies with Real Strawberries in the scratch and dent section of my Cub Foods for $1.50 each. I had two coupons for $1 off making each box just 50 cents! Combine your coupons with scratch and dent deals to save on all kinds of products.