Everybody knows Walmart is among the cheapest places to shop for groceries—barring Aldi, of course!
But did you know that even a place like Publix, which is known more for its outstanding customer service than its great prices, can beat Walmart on prices some of the time?
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Thanks to what are called "loss leaders" in the retail business—where stores advertise cheap prices on a few marquee items each week to get foot traffic—a higher-cost regional grocer like Publix can often beat a cheaper grocer like Walmart. You just have to know what's on sale in a given week!
Publix makes it easy to know because they post a curated list of deals vs. Walmart prices each week in their stores. Look for it near the front of the store or simply ask at the customer service desk where you can find it.
|Similac Advance Infant Formula Powder (Qty. 2 required) one 23.2-ounce canister||24.98||22.89||2.09|
|Olay Regenerist Regenerating Cleanser – one 5-ounce bottle||5.97||4.01||1.96|
|Purina Beggin' Strips Dog Snack – one 25-ounce pouch||9.83||6.50||3.33|
|Enfamil Infant Formula Powder (Qty. 3 required) – one 21.5-ounce can||25.98||22.36||3.62|
|Sweetwater Tackle Box Beer Variety Pack 12 12-ounce bottles||16.47||14. 49||1.98|
|Bertolli Olive Oil – one 17-ounce bottle||5.98||3.86||2.12|
|Totino's Pizza Rolls – one 19.8-ounce bag||2.98||1.63||1.35|
|Kraft Mayo Mayonnaise – one 30-ounce jar||3.48||1.75||1.73|
|Kellogg's Frosted Flakes – one 15-ounce box||2.98||1.84||1.14|
|Coca-Cola Classic (Qty. 3 required) one two-liter bottle||4.74||3.32||1.42|
Prices collected from Walmart at 4375 Lawrenceville Hwy., Tucker, Ga., on 9/21/16. Competitive prices in market area may vary.
Effective 9/29/16 through 10/5/16.
Five additional ways to save more money on groceries
Buy three copies of the Sunday newspaper
You want the glossy RedPlum and SmartSource coupon circulars. As an alternative, you can always visit RedPlum.com and SmartSource.com to print coupons for free. And if you live in a metro area, you may be able to find free Spanish language newspapers in your town that have these inserts. (Be sure to leave copies for others too!)
Do this to get additional coupons for organics
When it comes to getting organic food coupons, one of the best ways is to contact the manufacturer directly. If there's a brand you particularly like, consider writing them an e-mail or a letter to express your appreciation for their product and to ask about coupons. People report scoring coupons from natural brands like Stonyfield and Applegate Farms this way.
Another method is to visit online organic coupon clearinghouses. Several sites specialize in coupons for natural and organic foods. Crystal Collins of NaturalThrifty.com maintains a list of online organic coupon resources here.
Know how to maximize your coupons
Once you've gathered all your coupons, it's time to figure out how to maximize them. Visit a site like CouponMom.com that breaks down the weekly sales by state and explains which coupon to use where and when for maximum savings.
Know your stacking and doubling
The ideal way to use coupons is to stack as many coupons as you can to get the most value out of them. Retailers have varying policies on this practice. For example, you want to know if you can stack manufacturer's coupons on top of store coupons for the same item.
Here's another strategy: Shop only where your coupons will be doubled. Publix will double manufacturer's coupons up to 50 cents in face value everyday. So a 50-cent coupon actually saves you $1. Select retailers like Kroger, Giant, Safeway and Acme Markets offer double coupon days where they'll double higher-denomination coupons on select days of the week or month. So 75 cents off becomes $1.50 off!
Shop with the right app
Coupons have moved so far beyond the physical kinds these days. Today you can get deals and coupons right on your smartphone at the click of a button. Try playing around with these free apps to get started:
- Cellfire – Sends coupons directly to your loyalty cards.
- Coupons – Add grocery and drugstore coupons to your store loyalty cards and automatically save when you use them at the register.
- Favado – Aggregates sales data for your local grocery, drug and big box stores. Compare and save up to 70% on everyday items.
- GroceryIQ – Create and organize grocery lists quickly and easily.
- Ibotta – Earn cash every time you go shopping.
- Key Ring – Digitizes all your loyalty cards and stores them on a smartphone so you never have to fumble for the physical cards again.
- Out of Milk – Keep track of your shopping needs and your pantry's inventory, and manage your to-do list items.
- SavingStar – Get grocery and food coupons, which convert into store savings or actual cash back.
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