Ever wonder how those super couponers on T.V. get such great deals? Well, I’m not sure exactly how stores let people rob them blind, but I have compiled a list of easy tricks that will help you save on everyday products on your shopping list.
First of all, if you’re shopping for a family or just want to buy in bulk, start at Costco, BJ’s, or another wholesale store. Buying in bulk will cost more at checkout but will save you money in the long run. Obviously, wholesale stores are good for stocking up on dry goods and non-perishables. Only buy produce in bulk if you’re planning a party and are shopping the day before. (I’ve found that produce in general doesn’t last more than a few days in the refrigerator.)
A 15-count package of Bounty paper towels costs $26.49 at Costco, and a two-pack of the same brand is about $3.79 at ShopRite. That’s an automatic savings of $3.83 and about $200 per year!
With your Costco membership card, you get a monthly coupon book to use on top of the already low prices. (They also accept manufacturer coupons!) You can also download the Costco app or sign up for text alerts. ShopRite is similar with coupons: the app supplies coupons that aren’t available anywhere else, and you can combine them with physical coupons. You can also connect them with your shopper’s card online to make it super easy to save.
First there were coupon apps for retail stores (yeah!), and more recently, grocery stores have been catching onto the craze. On top of their usual weekly deals, stores like ShopRite and Pathmark offer membership rewards online and through their apps. By signing up on their websites, you can connect your loyalty card to your online account and instantly load coupons onto your card. So, upon checkout, all you have to do is swipe your membership card, and the coupons automatically come off.
So here’s how it works:
- Create a profile on your store’s website. I signed into ShopRite.com, and this is the screen that pops up. You can select your “home” store, so you can see the weekly circular and special deals specific to your local store.
- From here, click on digital coupons, and a list of all the available coupons should come up. Now, just click on the ones you want loaded onto your store card. You know they’re loaded when a green circle appears around the item.
- You can choose as many coupons as you want to load, and then you’re done! All that’s left to do now is to go to the store! At checkout, the cashier will ask to scan your store card. That’s when the discounts come off. Super easy!
Another feature to this new concept of couponing is you can make a digital shopping list. Click on “Weekly Circular” to add items to your shopping list. A digital circular will pop up. Just click on the items you want to add to your list, and the same green circle will appear over your items.
I used ShopRite as an example because it’s a big-name grocery store that’s closest to me. It’s also great because their coupon policy states that they accept “all ShopRite-issued coupons along with valid manufacturer-issued coupons, valid Internet coupons, and valid electronic coupons loaded on your Price Plus club card.” It also says, “We will double up to four identical coupons per household per day unless further restricted by the manufacturer.” But ShopRite reserves the right to refuse any coupon for any reason.
Other stores that are jumping on the store-card-coupon bandwagon include: A&P, Foodtown, Key Foods, Kings, Pathmark, and many more.
Let me know which food stores you visit and if they have a loyalty program. This is a great way to save money! Comment below!