I have to tell you one of my favorite places to shop at always been Save-a-Lot and because of this I have learned these 14 hacks to save money at Save a Lot. I love shopping at Save a Lot they have no frills, rock bottom prices AND they take coupons! You can't get any better then that!
14 Hacks to Save Money at Save A Lot
Find your store's meat markdown corner – Most Save-a-Lot stores have a small corner of the meat area where they put all the meat markdowns for the day. Get there early because there are normally gone by noon. They are meats are coming close to their sell by date but if you freeze them as soon as you get home they are perfectly good! This allows you to save $2 -$6 more on the already super low meat prices!
Find your store's clearance rack – Normally I can find these at the end of the first aisle in the far corner. One this rack your will find damaged boxes and cans, things that they only have 2 or 3 left they want to sell, items passed their sell by date or even Save-A-Lot products that they are changing packaging on and the mark down the old packages. I scored packs of diapers for $3 a pack here a few month back because of a package change!
See if your store does meat bundles – I have noticed some Save-A-Lots do a meat bundle but other don't. We found the store in Tennessee do but the ones in Florida don't. The meat bundle is a choice of about 10 meats and you get 5 packs for $19.99. It like getting one free basically. We can turn those 5 into a week's meal but including a meatless night and a breakfast for dinner night.
Watch the sales ads for coupons – Watch their sales papers, not only do they have some good sales but they tend to put in store coupons there as well.
Use manufacturer coupons – You CAN use manufacturer coupons! Make sure to take advantage of it to get even better prices! They take Printable Coupons too!
Coupon matchups – Watch the coupons match ups on sale items and what coupons are out and make your list accordingly.
Watch their Facebook page – Watch their Facebook page they release special coupons and deals. They also release new products in store!
Join Smart Shopper – Join Save-A-Lot's Smart Shopper program. This allows you to receive store coupons (that can be matched with manufacturer coupons) and deal alerts and more!
Know your must buy items – There are a few items that are a must buy at Save-A-Lot. Why are they a must buy? Because you will be hard pressed to find a better deal on them! These items include meat, dairy, fruits, veggies, canned goods, and ice cream.
Buy their store brand – Save-A-Lot has a store brand that is an even better price than the name brands they sell and they sell their name brands at better prices than most store brands!
Just because it's there doesn't make it a good deal – Remember even Save-A-Lot has to make money so not everything is a good deal, you still need to compare prices! An example is one time I went in and they had cereal with The Avengers on the box right up front for $2.99. If you are coming in the store form a regular grocery store this is a great deal right? Wrong. Head down their cereal aisle and you can find name brand boxes for as little as 99¢ a box. The store is counting on you to buy the cereal based on who is on the box so they jack up the price to make money.
Use their budget recipes – Save-A-Lot has a whole section on their site dedicated to budget recipes where you can find everything for the meal right there at Save-A-Lot. This is a great tool to menu plan with!
Bring your own bags – Some Save-A-Lot store offer bags but most I have been to do not. They will carry bags that you would have to buy, so save your money and bring you own!
Shop with a list – It is easy to think everything you see is a great deal and you will blow your budget and any extra saving if you don't stick a list of what you need.
Did I miss any ways to save at Save a Lot? Let me know!