Tuesday, October 30, 2018

How to Save Money on Groceries

     Retail stores and online stores have come along way as far as marketing their business and getting more customers. Innovation and technology had made it possible to effortlessly compare prices, provide coupons, manage orders, and make shopping easier for busy families. There are Walmart and Target that is famous for online pick-up. Instacart makes it possible to shop at the comfort of your home and have your own personal shopper. Sam's Club just recently announced its ambitious and yet impressive marketing plans: cashier-less store (Sam's Club Now).

     What is it about? Costumers will use a new Sam’s Club Now app to scan the items they are purchasing as you shop and there will be a final scan from a Sam's Club Now employee as you exit to complete your purchase. Furthermore,its plans will also include smart shopping lists that automatically update as you scan items, intelligent maps that serve as a guide as you navigate the store and hunt for the items on your list( includes) augmented reality and lastly, an addition of electronic shelf labels.

     It does make me wonder, how will it affect the prices? What does this mean to a regular family? While it does make shopping a lot easier, I know most moms agree that our top concern in keeping the budget is affordability.

 



There are a lot of ways we can save (amid innovation) and we just need to careful that sometimes comfort comes with a price. Meanwhile, here's smart ways to save at these stores: Walmart, Lowes, Groupon, and Aldi.

WALMART

Aside from the clearance and roll-back prices, take advantage of their online pick-up and free grocery pick-up. Not only you get to save time but it can significantly save your moolah. I know that I have poor control (working on it!). There's just too many things to see! I pretty much ends up convincing myself that I need an item and get out of the store with more than I intended to buy.

You can also take advantage of their free shipping if you are not in a big hurry.  I also save money on buying after season sale. But you have to make sure that you only buy what you will surely use for that particular season. I love after season shopping for Christmas and Halloween. I can get costumes for our girls for $5.00 each (sometimes less than that) and Christmas ornaments or wrappers for half-off (sometimes 75% off). If you are an avid coupon user, by all mean...use the coupons! But use it only for the items you truly use.

Earn cash back through Giving Assistant. Aside from earning 11% cashback, their coupon codes will also save you money! And you know what's great? YOU have the option to donate a portion of your cash back earnings to any one of 1.2 million 501(c)3 nonprofit and charitable organizations in the U.S.

Sign-up HERE or grab their button so you can be alerted on available cashback when you check-out!

LOWES

First of all, I love Lowe's customer service. They offer 10% military including veterans discount (just like Home Depot --but then again, I love Lowe's customer relations). You can also use competitors coupon (with approval from store management). Read on their statement HERE.

Take advantage of their Price Match Guarantee as well. You can also earn 4% cashback through the Giving Assistant and use their coupon codes.

GROUPON

I absolutely love Groupon! Some of the best memories my family had was purchased from Groupon deals. I kid you not! We went to Vegas for the first time with our kids and spent less that $100 for two nights, buffet for two included. We stayed at Circus Circus Hotel. Even though there is a resort fee, it is still a great deal! I used Groupon for salon experiences and learning experiences too!

Download an the app so you can watch for deals. Sign-up for email alerts because on top of the good deals, they do email you with coupon codes. Similarly, Giving Assistant gives you 7% cashback and coupon codes on goods and experiences.

ALDI

What's not to love at Aldi! You can eat organic and save money on gluten-free essentials at this store, From a mom with dietary restrictions, Aldi is such a blessing to our family. I have heard that you can even save more when you use Checout 51 and Receipt Hog app. I have not tried it yet but I know that stocking up on healthy items is easy with Aldi. The Intentional Mom shares a comprehensive cheat sheet on saving money at Aldi.




About Giving Assistant

    Giving Assistant is a platform that allows smart shoppers like you to earn cash back from their online purchases. Not only can shoppers earn cash back, but they can also choose to donate 1%-100% of their cash back to a nonprofit of their choice!  With over 3,000 partner brands (like at stores like Macy's, Sephora, Home Depot, Forever21, and Lululemon), Giving Assistant we offer high value, online coupon codes.

     Shoppers earn an average 10% cash back on all their purchases. They can keep it, or opt-in to donate as little as 1%, or 100% of their cash back earnings to absolutely ANY nonprofit. (A $100 online spend could result in a free $10 donation their favorite cause!)

Additionally, Giving Assistant have:


  •  A free browser extension, so making money (or donating it!) while you shop is completely automatic. 
  • A Certified B Corp (one of fewer than 2,500 in existence) so you know we’re a good-for-the-world company. 
  • An expansive frugal online shoppers that had raised over $4 million for over 18,000 good causes to date. 









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