Two Easy Ways to Save Every Time You Grocery Shop
Mar 31, 2017
Back when my kids were really little, I worked part-time and I had no extra activities to speak of, I attempted couponing. Even with unlimited time and opportunity, I did a crack up job of it for a few weeks and then completely abandoned my efforts.
When it comes to anything but grocery shopping, I pretty much only buy things if I have a coupon or a discount code. I will have multiple sites open on my browser and cost compare, I will wait until Old Navy emails me 40% off, and I never go to Kohl’s if I am not getting the minimum 15% off. I have gone as far as abandoning all of my items at the checkout when a barcode coupon won’t work on my phone.
So in that sense, I consider myself a pretty savvy, and probably somewhat ridiculous, shopper. And as most of my friends do, and maybe this is a Midwest thing, I will brag about how cheap I got something. If someone says, “I like your dress, is it new?” I will say, “Yes, and it only cost me $4.00 on clearance and I got an additional 20% off!” To which the other person responds, “I got this shirt for $2.00!” And then we both nod, very impressed with each other.
In stark contrast, when I go through a grocery store I am tired, have done no planning, and start tossing things in the cart while in a zombie-like state, lulled into complacency by the relaxing Muzak. I once went to County Market after work to pick up a couple of things and left with a full cart almost an hour later. I had several missed calls as to why I had not picked up my kids yet.
I am now more consciously working on taking my other shopping skills to the grocery store aisles. Here are two simple things I do that are saving me money. If you do these two things consistently – you will save money every time you shop at County Market.
Use the Penny Pincher coupon book: (Click the image to view the full Penny Pincher)
Use the myCountyMarket App: (Click the image for more information on this app)
The Penny Pincher:
I do not clip coupons and I have accepted that I never will. What I do when the Penny Pincher arrives in the mail is put it in my car. When I go grocery shopping, I take about 30 seconds to flip through the coupon book before going in to see which items to keep my eye out for. When I checkout I hand the book to the cashier and they scan the coupons of the items that I purchased. A new bonus is the Penny Pincher now has coupons the majority of the month with twice as many coupons.
The myCountyMarket App:
The myCountyMarket app can do all kinds of cool things. I am going to keep it simple though, and tell you about the best feature and how I use it. Along with the Penny Pincher, I take about 30 seconds in my car before going into the grocery store to review “my offers”. The app is linked to your Max Card and will give you a variety of product offers based on your buying history. When you click on the offers button you can view your featured offers and click on the button to clip that offer. The offer is then “clipped” and when you purchase that item and scan your Max card it will give you a certain cash back amount.
Once you have accumulated $3.00 cash back you can redeem that amount the next time you are checking out. I really make a very minimal effort with this. I will clip coupons in my offer wallet based on the fact that I might buy them. In doing this small effort I almost always get $3.00 off every single time I shop. Check this out:
My go to coupon items are: milk, frozen waffles, string cheese, shredded cheese, pizza, applesauce, and other items that help pack my pantry and are considered essentials in my household. The Penny Pincher has the variety and staples that I need and the app gives me the items I personally tend to buy. Adding in both options gives me savings across the board.
By utilizing these two coupon options I have savings every single time I grocery shop. Like anything else, it seems like extra effort at first, but now it is just an easy habit. When you are planning quick trips to the grocery store you can easily incorporate these ideas into your routine and save on items you were going to purchase anyway.
Sometimes when we are in a hurry that is when we are the most careless with our money. By adding in a few minutes to review the Penny Pincher and clip coupons in the app, it gives you a pause to be a little more strategic with your grocery visit and focus your buying plan. Taking control of something small like this can lead to a more organized mind throughout your day. As a naturally disorganized person, this gives me much needed calm! I hope it helps your day go more smoothly as well.
A Marketing Mom Striving to get out of the Fast Food Lane and into the Grocery Aisle