2/28/11

Five Tips for Saving the Most during Sales Promotions at the Grocery Store


By on 2/28/2011 01:13:00 PM

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Okay—the title may be a little overkill, but whether you are budgeting grocery shopping on one income or struggling with two, strategic grocery store visits are a necessity. Growing up in rural southern Ohio, we were often at the mercy of the pricing of a single, large grocery store within a reasonable driving distance. Today, my family can benefit from the options (and savings) available at a number of stores in the Central Ohio area. It also seems that I am doing more and more shopping at Kroger stores these days than ever before. Why? Special promotions, like the current 14 Day CartBuster savings event really make a difference in our grocery spending—when used effectively. What can you do to take advantage of special store promotions like these to get the most from your grocery budget?
  1. Pay Attention to Sale Pricing—and Sale Patterns. There is a pattern—and unfortunately, if you miss a “stock up” opportunity, you may be forced to pay regular price for necessities like toilet paper or paper towels in a few weeks. It’s also important to pay attention to the sale prices at competitor stores—sometimes other stores undercut special “event” sale prices during the same sale week! 
  2. Remember Coupons. Coupons are a weekly ritual in the Thompson house. Special store promotions often coincide well with the coupons distributed in the Sunday Columbus Dispatch. The CartBuster event at Krogers, for example, offers a number of Procter and Gamble products—which were a featured coupon circular in the newspaper this week. This pattern is often the case. Check the store’s online coupons as well—at the Kroger website, users load online coupons onto a shopper’s card account and they are deducted automatically when a listed product is purchased. 
  3. Visit the Store in Person when Making the Shopping List. Sometimes all sale items or those included in special promotions are not listed in the ad circulars. Most are—but, sometimes you can find more sale items and options in person.   This helps you select the items that both the most needed and offer the most value to your family for the promotion. 
  4. Visit the Store Early in the Week. While Kroger often seems to retain stock throughout a sale, many other grocery stores do not. If you want to ensure that you are able to take advantage of a given deal, it’s important to visit the store early in the sale week. 
  5. Take Advantage of Gas Savings Offers. Many stores in Central Ohio, including Kroger, have on site fuel centers—and offer gas savings to customers based on store purchases over a certain time frame. Stock-up sales, like the CartBuster event, serve double duty: they add to fuel savings and they help you avoid paying full price later.

As an aside, I also take advantage of store brands and visit the bakery department’s overstock racks on every visit. Learning to effectively take advantage of the savings opportunities offered by local stores is a key to managing the family budget! Happy Shopping!

Disclaimer:  I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms Kroger CartBuster blogging program, for a gift card worth $50. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”  As always the opinions and views expressed are my own and are not influenced by these programs.

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About Angela

Angela is a freelance writer and blogger, blessed with 3 daughters, 4 cats, 1 needy dog, and 1 very supportive husband.

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