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Have you been wanting to get into couponing but feel that you don’t have the time or the energy that it takes? What if I told you that you can still save money on groceries without having to clip a single coupon?
I found that one of the easiest ways to still save on groceries without clipping coupons is by doing a combination of weekly meal planning along with using different money saving mobile phone apps such as Ibotta and Checkout 51.
I start by looking over my grocery’s weekly circular to find out what is on sale for that week and use that as a guide for planning out what meals I will be making for the week. I basically try to buy groceries that are on sale to plan my weekly menu around. I find that when doing this that it is best to try to keep my meals as simple as possible instead of trying to plan elaborate meals.
Grocery Saving Apps
Ibotta is a FREE mobile phone app that gives you a small rebate for buying select grocery items at select stores. I have used it to buy milk, bananas, and even beauty items.
To verify your purchases you can either upload or scan your receipt using the Ibotta app or you can link it to your grocery store card. Once you reach the $20 rebate threshold you can get a rebate back in the form of cash thru Paypal or wait to reach the $25 minimum threshold and using it to get gift cards to places such as Starbucks or Amazon instead.
Ibotta also periodically offers bonus incentives where if you purchase a certain number of items within a certain time frame you are awarded more money towards your rebate. I usually just check out what offers are available while planning out my menu and even while I am shopping in the store to see if there any new offers are available. It is an easy way to save money that hardly takes any time.
Checkout 51 is another FREE mobile phone app (or if you don’t have a mobile phone you can use your computer) that also gives you a small rebate for purchasing select items. Unlike Ibotta, you can use Checkout 51 at any store.
Every Thursday morning new rebate offers are uploaded but there are limited number of quantities available, so you want to make sure to check it out as soon as possible. Once you have purchased the offered rebate items you can upload the receipt onto your phone or computer. You get a rebate back in the form of a check once your reach the $20 minimum threshold to cash out or you can continue to let your rebate increase and cash out later.
What are some of the ways that you have saved money at the grocery store without having to clip coupons?