roceries are becoming pricey these days. It’s no wonder that so many people resort to clipping coupons and other crazy methods. Luckily, we’re just as stupid! We have some ideas that will save you when you shop in person
Paper coupons are getting phased out within the digital world. While this story isn’t the best news for those who love spending their Sunday mornings clipping coupons, you’ll find a bunch of new ways to save through apps!
We cannot stress how great this app is. Throw out your paper trails and follow the Flipp app to find all of your local shopping flyers under one roof. Yes, you can even highlight the items you want to buy!
Find rebates on items you may have purchased and redeemed them for cash on this app. You can also use Checkout 21, a competitor in this space, so if you are looking to expand on this idea, there you go.
If you like Ibotta, there are several more solutions including:
- Checkout 51
- Receipt Hog
Interested in making more money through receipts? Check out our post about how you can scan receipts to earn more money, including Free Gas!!
Particularly the Blue Card Cash Back Preferred Credit Card. This one requires not only great credit but discipline. Credit cards are not for everyone. This American Express card will get you a whopping 6% cash back on every Grocery Shopping visit. (Walmart and Target are not included in the 6%)
This little-known feature on Walmart.com is a fantastic tool if you have the time. Just scan your Walmart purchase receipt, and the site will compare the flyers in your area and refund you the difference if they find a lower price elsewhere!
Most people don’t realize that you can actually clip coupons digitally and it would work much more efficiently. Generally, speaking all you would need is a printer. Just head to a Digital coupon site, select applicable coupons and print them out! Here are several Digital Coupon sites:
- Saving Star
- Red Plum
One of the biggest superstores in the world, Target, offers some pretty neat discounts. For one, you can save 5% on every single purchase with their Debit or Credit Card, known as the REDcard. If you are an avid shopper of theirs, it’s a no brainer to sign up for that.
Plus, you can also apply not only manufacturer coupons (found online on sites like Coupons.com) but also through their Target App. One of the best features is called Cartwheel.
Here’s how it works:
- Sign up for a Target account
- Download the Target app via Android or iOS app stores
- Go to the Offers/ Cartwheel section
- Select and add (+) offers to your liking
- Once at checkout, scan the Target barcode found on the app
- Your Cartwheel discount is applied!
Grocery Blogs (i.e., IHeartPublix.com)
A blog like IHeartPublix will display exclusive insider tips and deals at a grocery chain like Publix. Look up your favorite store and add “blog” or “Coupon Site” to the end of it, and you may find a passionate blogger and their funny shopping stories!
Getting groceries is a pleasurable experience for many, and now with these ways to save money, you’ll probably be even more excited to walk down those aisles.
Amazon Prime Visa Signature
Discounts and cash back coming from credit cards is no secret. But lots of people forget that Amazon does indeed own Whole Foods, so if you apply for an Amazon Prime Visa Signature, you can get 5% cash back on Whole Foods purchases too!
A drawback on this card is that you’ll need to pay an annual fee of $99 if you do not have an Amazon Prime account.
But, who on earth would get an Amazon Prime card without having a Prime account in the first place?!
What About Grocery Delivery like Instacart?
So what’s the difference when buying groceries online versus in-store? The obvious one: Cost. Because you are not only presenting a tip for the driver/delivery person, online grocery services will upcharge most items to protect them from price changes. Now that we have that out of the way…Let’s take a look at a few of these services.
One of the most popular choices ever, this one offers delivery from most supermarket chains and in some instances Retail chains as well. The catalog of products, in our experience, was never out of date and always offered sales on items.
Partnering up with Target, earlier in 2018, this delivery service has competed directly with Instacart and offers some pretty steep discounts. Plus, occasionally this service provided an American Express deal, where you’d get money back if you ordered through an AMEX. (No longer active)
Popular in the Northeast and Midwest, Peapod works with only a few supermarkets but boasts friendly drivers and availability.
Probably the most popular one to date is Amazon Fresh. With the new installation of Whole Foods products, Fresh is an excellent option for those who don’t have the time but want a more comprehensive selection of organic products at their disposal.
Little do people know, that Postmates is a delivery service for many things including Retail products. Typically when you think of Postmates, you think of Taking Out Delivered, but Postmates has options for Starbucks, CVS, Walgreens, and a few other unusual delivery partners.
How Do Grocery Delivery Apps Make Money?
To put in bluntly, these apps upcharge for each product on their page. You’ll find that even Broccoli has an upcharge, while it’s partial to profit off of this, it’s also to protect the service from overspending on that item too. So whatever pricing you see on the app will undoubtedly be what you pay. Also, there are sometimes subscription and fees whenever you order through these apps!
What Do I Tip a Grocery Delivery Driver?
Like most delivery services it’s nice to leave a tip but not always required. Amazon Fresh recently installed a tip selection, even for when a delivery driver drops off the stuff at your door. It’s common to leave 10%-15% or $5-$15 for typical grocery delivery.
One instance we had with Peapod is that they brought the delivery man inside to sign a receipt, so you’ll probably have the social pressure to leave a tip. The drivers of Peapod continue to be friendly and have been right on time when we tested them during our period in Chicago, so tips are suggested!
Real Benefits of Ordering Online vs In-Store
Here are some valid reasons:
- No impulse buying – Typically you walk into a store, you are more prone to buying stuff you might not need
- Driving – Though a market could be within walking distance, if you are loyal to a particular market far away, this could end up costing more time and money
- Time – Having groceries delivered to you is a time saver more than a money saver. For some, grocery shopping is a daunting task if you have a large family for example.
- Consistency – Having time and place to deliver groceries sets a budget
Why Not Become a Professional Grocery Shopper?
If you love browsing the aisles of a grocery or superstore and have recently thought of doing a side hustle for extra cash, why not become a grocery shopper yourself?! Sure, you can deliver groceries, but Instacart will also enable you to stay in-store and pick out the groceries and place them onto shelves for delivery drivers.
This way you stay in-store and you don’t have to drive as much!
Have a unique experience or saving tip having to deal with grocery shopping? Let us know with a comment below!