Cutting Your Grocery Bill on the Web

May 7th 2016

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Spending your hard-earned money on the basics like food might not be fun, but it's a necessity. If your grocery bill is higher than you'd like, you can follow several money-saving measures to reduce that bill. Long before you enter the store, you can cut back on your grocery bill by using the web to your advantage. Coupons, money-saving tips and more abound on the web, giving you plenty of ways to save. 

Print Your Coupons

Perhaps you pore through the Sunday newspaper, clipping coupons for your upcoming shopping trips. Maybe you don't have a newspaper subscription or the interest in clipping newspaper coupons. Regardless of your couponing strategy, you can build or supplement your coupon stash on the web. Thanks to dozens of couponing websites, you can access, peruse and print coupons from your computer. A reliable printer is all you need to start cutting down on your grocery bill. You can find printable coupons on websites such as Coupons.com, SmartSource or RedPlum. Check out manufacturers' websites for coupons. Some stores, such as Target, offer printable coupons on their websites as well, and you can often pair these store coupons with a manufacturer's coupon for double the savings. 

Social Media Savings

If you're a brand loyalist, you might struggle to find coupons that work for your particular shopping list. However, you can use social media to your advantage to score major savings at the grocery store. Find your favorite brands' Facebook page. Simply check your news feed or the brand's timeline regularly to discover printable coupons available via social media. Follow the brand on Twitter as well for new coupons and deals. This focused search for coupons allows you to find discounts on products already on your shopping list, resulting in instant savings.

Bill-Lowering Blogs

Couponing isn't just a way to save money anymore. It's a veritable sport for those so-called extreme couponers. Connecting with these couponing gurus is easier than ever thanks to the web. Noted bloggers such as The Krazy Coupon Lady, Money Saving Mom and Deal Seeking Mom compile lists of grocery deals. Check out blog posts for your grocery store, and the couponing experts will direct you to the best deals and identify coupons to pair with sales for maximum savings. A little reading can turn you into an extreme couponer in no time, and you'll notice serious savings in your grocery budget.

Digital Coupons

If carrying a stack of paper coupons to the grocery store just isn't your style, you don't have to give up on scoring grocery deals entirely. Instead, you can visit the website of your favorite grocery store to load digital coupons to your savings card or connect these coupons to your phone number. Many stores, such as Kroger and Publix, offer these digital coupons, allowing you to clip coupons electronically with ease. When you scan your savings card or provide your phone number at checkout, you will watch as your preloaded e-coupons shave dollars off of your bill.

Sales Research

Don't go into the grocery store without a plan. If you do, you'll end up buying things you don't need, at a high markup. Visit your grocery store's website to create a smart shopping list before you enter the store. Focus your purchases on what's on sale this week. Plan your meals around sales. For example, if chicken is marked down to $1.99 a pound, and you have rice in your pantry, an easy chicken and rice dish is a simple and budget-friendly dinner. If you're not picky about your produce, choose fruits and vegetables that are on sale. By perusing the weekly sales ad online, you can create a money-savvy shopping list that will cut down on your bill.

Your grocery bill might take a big bite out of your budget, but it doesn't have to. With access to coupons, sales ads and money-saving tips on the web, you can significantly reduce your grocery spending. Then, you can spend that extra cash on something a little more fun.
Resources:
http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2013/feb/12/publix-rolling-out-digital-coupons/
https://www.kroger.com/topic/digital-coupons-policy
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/05/06/4890727/like-coupons-like-facebook-sites.html#.U3wKB1hdXcg

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