This guest post is authored by Maricor Bunal
Grocery shopping can be a fun activity for a lot people. In fact, it’s one of my most favorite activities to do every week. Going from one aisle to another, picking stuff you need at home, can be pretty exciting.
But I have to admit shopping for groceries can also be stressful. What if you’re low on cash and you have a lot of things on your list? Thankfully, there are a lot of ways to save money when shopping for groceries.
Aside from using coupons, you’ll be surprised to know that there are unusual (and sometimes, ridiculous) but effective ways to save money when in the supermarket. I’ve collated seven of them so you don’t have to scour the entire web for them.
1. Collect receipts, and take a picture of them.
Did you know that you can actually earn cash with just a photo of your receipts? There are a few mobile apps that turns your proofs of purchase into cash, which you can help you in increasing your budget and saving money. These include Receipt Hog, Checkout 51, Ibotta, ReceiptPal, Shopmium, BerryCart, Shrink and more.
2. Scan the groceries you bought when you get home.
Now, this might sound weird. But there are websites that actually give you points you can redeem for different goods, such as household items, toys, electronics and more. All you need to do is sign up with these sites, scan the goods you purchased and wait for confirmation for you to be able to earn points and prizes. One of the most popular sites that offer this service is Nielsen Consumer Panel.
3. Make the most of money-saving apps.
Saving money while shopping for groceries has never been this easy. Thanks to shopping apps that actually help you slash a considerable portion of your budget, you can now find everything you need on your list as easily and as cheaply as possible. You will need to download mobile apps like Retale, Google Shopper, Amazon Price Check, ShopSavvy, PriceGrabber, The Coupons App and more. These nifty programs help you to not only save a lot of money but also spend lesser time at the supermarket.
4. Enjoy cash back with a credit card.
This could seem like a ridiculous idea because what credit cards only do to your money is take it. Actually, there are reward cards that give you points for every dollar you spend on groceries. What’s even more amazing about these cards is that you can convert those points to cold hard cash. Now, isn’t that exciting? Some of the companies that offer these types of credit cards don’t even charge annual fees. So imagine all the savings you can get!
5. Buy your own gift cards.
Who says gift cards are only for special occasions? GCs are sold at as much as 25% off their face value online. You’ll find lots of gift cards to major shopping stores, like Target, Walmart, No Frills and Maxi, to name a few.
6. Forget about membership-only warehouse clubs.
A lot of parents I know have been used to signing up with these warehouse clubs. Although they do help you in saving money by offering cheaper prices when you buy in bulk, online club stores offer can actually stretch your budget a bit more with bigger discounts. Sign up with sites like Thrive Market and Boxed to enjoy more mileage for your money.
7. Add cash to your grocery budget by talking about certain products.
These money-saving methods might sound unusual but they actually work. So, start getting more cash for your grocery shopping now!
Mari writes for Loansolutions to help educate people in making informed-decisions on taking out loans and becoming responsible borrowers. Being the COO, she feels it is her social responsibility to do so. Learn more from her as she shares tips, advises and stories on finance. Also, she’s fond of 9GAG, so you might read some random stuff over here.