Are you not a big couponer? Do you think that trying to coupon is just a big waste of time and effort overall? Well you are not alone as there are many people that feel the same way as you. It’s not that you don’t want to save however you can on groceries, it’s just that who REALLY DOES have the time to clip, organize, sort, trash every week?
Don’t feel discouraged though, you don’t have to be an extreme couponer to actually save money. Here are some tips that you can use to save big without having to coupon as much or at all.
Save money without coupons
Have a Plan Ready
Before you venture out to your local grocery store, make a list of the items that you need to cook for the week, bi-weekly or monthly meals. This will keep you concentrated on what you should buy without having impulse buys of unnecessary items. Having your list in order of how the store is laid out or how you walk through the store will save you time and not wasting extra money.
Have a Stockpile to Plan Your Meals
Yes, this is one thing that couponers really try to have when they want to save big time, however, you can do this too without clipping coupons. The thing is though, you can still find foods on sales such as meats and organic foods and take advantage of them by buying in bulk if your budget allows. This allows you to have a few months of food already on hand that you can plan your meals around. This also allows you to save money in the months ahead because you won’t be paying the extra cost when the prices increases.
Use Your Freezer to Double Recipes
Freezer cooking, as some may call it, means that you could cook meals in larger portions and then split them to use for several portions and freeze them for later use. If you are into meal planning, then this will work for you.
Don’t Forget Saving Apps
There are many money saving coupon apps that are available for your smartphone that can clip coupons for you if you still want to be a frugal shopper as much as possible. Such apps such as Ibotta and Checkout 51 are popular to get rebates and there are other where you can earn gift cards or cash back.
What are ways you save money grocery shopping without using coupons?