How To Save Money on Groceries Without Clipping Coupons!

Save Money No CouponsDid you realize that there is a strategy to couponing in which you can save around 70% Off your grocery bill without EVER even using a coupon!

You wanna know what you have to do? The answer is kinda easy, all you simply have to do is: PAY ATTENTION.

No, I’m serious, that IS truly the answer… if you pay attention to know what the lowest price you can pay without a coupon, then you stock up when the price is at its lowest you will save the most money and never have to cut a coupon again!

Watch the replay of my segment from Fox here:

Let me explain further and show you how to easily do it for your family too. There are 4 concepts to learn with this strategy:

Sales Flyers1. Grocery Sales Flyers Are Filled with Lies

You are familiar with the Grocery Store Sales flyer, right? Well, unfortunately, they are not completely forthright when they put sales inside it. You see, some of the items are only 10% Off (which may or may not be truly a good sale) and others are up to 50% Off (the BOGO) and then, still others, might be even more discounted! The reason they create a Sales Flyer is to get you inside the store. Then, they hope to entice you with displays and smells, maybe even tastes tests so that you buy more products you were not planning for.

As an accountant who loves numbers, I have watched those “Sales Cycles” and found that there is a lowest price (also called a Stock Up Price) that each and every item drops to. And there are four ways it gets there:

  1. Sometimes it is simply because of the sale
  2. Sometimes it is because of the sale plus a manufacturer coupon
  3. Sometimes it is because of the sale, plus a manufacturer coupon PLUS a store coupon
  4. The the last case scenario is when it is not on sale at all (so the item is Regular Price), but the Manufacturer Coupon and Store Coupon applicable to the item at the time are so high that they drop that item down to the lowest price (the Stock Up Price) even though it is not even on Sale!

If you are paying attention to the cycle of the sales, then you can buy items when they are at the lowest price simply because of the sale and never have to cut a coupon again. Or never have to feel guilty for not shopping with a coupon… ever again!

2. Track Your Family’s Expensive Items

Identify the 10 or 15 items your family uses most often, with emphasis on the more expensive items. Track their prices and how often they go on sale. When you see it on sale at that lowest price, buy enough (stock up) to last until the next sale, typically this means buying enough to last 12 weeks.

By tracking those 10-15 items, you will learn the Sales Cycle of Your Favorite Products and then you will be able to determine approximately how much to buy so that you can stock up to last until the sale comes up again (until the price drops to that lowest price again). A common thing I hear people say is that they “shop the BOGO’s” and that’s a great thing to do, SO LONG AS you are sure that that BOGO sale is truly the best price for that product.

3. Know Where to Buy It

Let’s say you missed buying Cheerios at the lowest price at Publix last week, believe it or not, check and see if they are on sale this week at Winn Dixie. The sales rotate at stores! And that means you might have more than one opportunity to buy a product at the lowest price.

Plus, if you are tracking the prices of the expensive items you buy, and you then track those prices across stores. Soon you will know where to buy your favorite products for the best price. I have a certain place I go to get peanut butter and cheese (I get them both at Trader Joe’s with no coupons) because I found that it had the best price every time. I don’t have to wait for any sale, and I don’t even have to use any coupons!

Hands down, Aldi has the best price on in-season produce. I make it part of my usual routine to stop there on our way home from sports practices.

Download my handy Price Book to track the items you regularly buy for your family so you will know what is the lowest price you should pay and where to buy it!FREE Price Book Download

4. Ask About Meat {Dairy, Seafood & Bakery} Markdowns

Talk to your store’s department managers in meat, dairy, seafood and the bakery to find out if there is a certain day or time for special markdowns. I can hit my local Target early on Thursday morning and find $2 store coupons on the front of almost every fresh meat package.

To further understand this point, listen to this story: A friend of mine said her family of four eats about 8 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts each week. I see chicken breasts go on sale for $2 off each pound approximately once a month. If she simply buys her chicken once a month, at the time when it is on sale, then she will end up saving over $800 a year only in chicken! Imagine the potential savings to buy other products the same way.

By purchasing your meat, dairy, seafood or bakery items at a time when you will save a greater amount, and stocking up at that time, you will significantly reduce your spending.

Please Don’t Expect FREEbies

I hope you realize that shopping with this strategy will not get you items entirely for free. In order to get items for FREE, you will have to add in the use of coupons. But I have some good news… you can find loads of coupons without even buying a newspaper!

Do you have another suggestion for saving money on your groceries without using a newspaper? Please comment below and share your tips!

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