When it comes to saving money we consider ourselves a little on the “extreme couponing” side of things. We clip & print coupons, shop sales, and stockpile when we find a good deal. But we realize not everyone has the time (or desire) to do this. Just because you don’t have 5 hours a week to spend on crafting the perfect shopping trip and saving 30-80% off of your total doesn’t mean you should be paying full price! Here are 3 easy ways to save at the grocery store WITHOUT coupons!
Grab your phone and download Target Cartwheel now! Seriously…right NOW! In our opinion, this is like the Holy Grail for a
lazy busy person to save. Just by using this app, we’ve saved over $800 at Target in the last 2yrs!
Let us explain. When you initially download the app, you start with 10 spots in your “cart”. Each day, Target releases percentage special deals onto Cartwheel. These deals range in discounts from 5-75% off a product.
What makes this so awesome?!
The reason that this app is perfect for people who don’t have the time to sit and cut coupons is that all you have to do is scan through Target’s current cartwheel offerings, add them to your “cart” on the app and then, have your cashier scan you app barcode from your phone at checkout.
But I’m soooo busy that I don’t even have time to search for offers before I go shopping!
Not a problem, while you’re shopping, use Target Cartwheel to scan the items you’re purchasing. It will tell you if the item current has a discount deal, if it does, awesome, add it to your app’s cart! If it doesn’t it will often tell you what other, similar items DO have a current discount! This works great for products that you’re not particularly brand loyal about.
What makes this deal even sweeter is that, if you ARE into couponing, you can combine use of Target Cartwheel with Target coupons and/or manufacturer coupons to maximize your savings!
Bonus Way To Save: Sign up for Target’s Debit Red Card (they also have a credit card option but the debit card is more fiscally responsible). You’ll save an extra 5% off all purchases which doesn’t sound like a lot but adds up quickly! (think holiday shopping!!)
#2 Ibotta App: 5-10 min
Ibotta is a rebate app that allows you to earn money on participating items. There are TONS of participating stores involved including Target, Sephora, Best Buy AND, you can combine your rebate savings with coupons or store sales. Earlier this year, we needed a new vacuum cleaner so we logged into Ibotta to see if they had any deals. Sure enough, there was a $20 rebate on one available at Best Buy. It just so happened that it was also ON SALE in store so we earned bonus savings!!
How does it Work?
1-Before you go shopping, you unlock the offers that you are interested in by completing simple tasks like answering a question or watching a 15 second video.
2-Go to the store and purchase the products that you’ve unlocked.
3-When you get home, scan the product’s barcodes then your receipt.
4-Wait (up to 24hrs) for your rebate money to be credited to your account.
Once your rebate credit hits $20, you can choose to have the money transferred to your Paypal account or, do what we do…use your rebates to refill your Starbuck’s card!!
Pssst…if you sign up for Ibotta using my link, they’ll credit your account with an extra $10 after you’ve redeemed your first rebate!
Bonus Way to Save: Connect with your friends! Once you’ve signed up for Ibotta, you can then start building a team. The team earns additional “Teamwork Bonuses” for reaching certain savings goals.
#3 Your Local Grocery Store Loyalty Card: 5 min
This one should totally be a no brainer but, alas, there are still people who head to their local grocery stores every week and don’t use a member rewards card.
What makes this so easy is that, once you’ve signed up for your FREE card, you just shop, scan your card at checkout, and instantly receive whatever sales and discounts the store is offering that week! Also, if you’re lucky, your store has gas rewards linked to your card too. We just redeemed 700 point in gas rewards which equaled $.70 off per gallon at the pump! Seriously, it’s NOT going to get any easier than that people!
Bonus Way to Save: Download your grocery store’s app. Store Loyalty Cards have seriously stepped up their game and most now offer digital store coupons on their app. Download the app and scroll for coupons before your grocery trip or even while you’re waiting in the checkout line.