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Shopping for your family can be an expensive and time-consuming endeavor. As you probably already know, there are ways to save money and still get everything your family needs. I have good news! You can save money on your grocery bill by simple changing WHERE you are shopping! Have you ever checked out a grocery outlet? These stores carry a little of every thing. While You most likly won’t be able to get everything off your list I have been able to get 75% -80% of everything in 1 trip, and that was when I would shop for a month at a time!
How to Shop at a Grocery Outlet
So new to the whole grocery outlets shopping? Wonder what I am talking about? In short grocery outlets are stores that buy items that are close to their sell by dates, overstock, and items out of season from the big stores (at a loss for the big stores) and re sell it at a huge discount to you. Because of this their stock changes all the time and you will find those Christmas themed cookies in March!
#1. Shop around at your local grocery store outlets.
We had 2 stores near us. We found thatin general they both carried the same product but the ones closest to us cost a little bit more. So when we did month long trips we made the extra 10 minute drive to save the extra money. So just like every other store, shop around.
#2. Shop with a list and stock up when you find rock bottom prices.
Making a list while you’re at home and checking your inventory will help you save money. It’s important to stick with your list and be sure to shop at your grocery outlets first. Knowing your local store prices will help you save when you find the lowest prices. Make sure to know your prices not EVERYTHING is a great deal. Once you find a rock bottom price stock up on freezer items, or pantry items that can last longer. I would be able to grab boxes of cereal for 99¢, Yogurt for 20¢ a cup, Bisquick for 99¢ a box, bulk size of snack chips (box of 48) for $6 and more. This was all for name brand items as well!
#3. Watch Expiration Dates
Watch the expiration and sell by dates. The price isn’t worth it if you buy 20 of something and only use 1 of them before they go bad. Not everything is past the sell by date, but you do need to watch the date!
#4. Sign up for email shopping ads and sales.
Remember most grocery outlets are selling at such low prices that they won’t accept manufacture coupons. They will offer store coupons in their emails and sales ads.
#5. Follow your Grocery Outlet on Social Media
Most grocery outlets annouce new products and sales on social media. Many times they will get something in and it will sell out before it can be printed for their weeekly feature. So watch social media for those special sales!
Shopping at your local grocery outlets stores is a great way to save money and shop smart. Knowing your grocery store outlets, shopping with a list, shopping less often, will stretch you budget even further!
What ways do you save money shopping grocery outlets?
I am a Wife, mom to 4 kids, homeschool mom, blogger, social media junkie, Frugalista, Book Worm, and Closet Want-to-be Chef. We are a Roadschool family (homeschooling on the road while traveling fulltime).
I grew up learning ways to save from my mom and grandma. I started my own coupon journey when my first child was born in 2009 and started the blog on 2010 when baby #2 was born to share my tips with everyone who kept asking about how I was getting diapers for $1 a pack!
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