Grocery and savings generally don’t go together in my world now that my kids can eat more than me. Gone are the quick, cheap grocery store trips and it’s even worse when the kids decide to accompany me.
But. All is not lost. I’ve found some ways to offset a portion of the increased grocery bill and I’m here to share them with you!
Family List & Planning
Have you seen the movie, Bad Moms? In the very beginning, Amy (Mila Kunis) notes her daily shopping trip. My single friends didn’t get that reference or why I laughed so hard but it struck a chord. That used to be me. I used to go to the store at least every other day.
Then I wised up. Now, we have a family list at our Family Command Center (more on that in a future post). The kids and I add things to our list as they are finished off. We add items that we want for meals we are craving and we add items that the kids need for school. It’s taken A LOT of work but it’s become a habit for all three of us to fill out the list. Now, we make one trip per week and have seen our grocery bill drop. Basically, we’ve nixed the extraneous trips that inevitably included items we didn’t really need.
I generally do most of my grocery shopping at Kroger (a Fred Meyer store) because of their loyalty program, convenient locations, and selection of foods. Most grocery chains offer some type of loyalty program and I know Sprouts (my Mom’s store of choice in Colorado) offers free items (like a box of cake mix!). I’ve settled on Kroger because they offer the best perks for me:
- Fuel points – essentially, you get 3 cents off per gallon at every visit to a participating fuel station AND, for every $100 you spend in a month, you get 10 cents off per gallon. For more information on this program, check out Kroger’s Fuel Program FAQ.
- Coupons – I get a lot of coupons in the mail from Kroger and I would say that 90% of the time they are for items I regularly buy.
- Phone App – I downloaded the Kroger app on my phone and linked it to my Kroger card so I’m able to select coupons on the app that load automagically to my card. How cool is that?
Believe me, I’ve tried other stores and I still shop at Giant Eagle, Meijer, Target, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s but I’ve found that I just can’t beat the Fred Meyer stores (we frequented them when we lived in Seattle too).
Have you seen this awesome little app? I love it.
Here’s the lowdown. Basically, Ibotta will pay you to purchase certain items (groceries you probably already buy!) or from specific retailers (iTunes, Groupon, BW3). You actually get money for doing things you probably already do!
The best part is that it’s REALLY easy. Just open your app, unlock an offer (usually watching a video or taking a poll), purchase the item, and verify the purchase. It really is that easy and only takes a few minutes. My kids even help! When we unload groceries, the kids pull out the Ibotta deals so I can snap a picture of the barcodes then I take the picture of my receipt and submit it. So far this month, we’ve earned $27 just for buying things we always do (Clif Bars, supplies at JoAnn Fabrics, and dinner at BW3).
I’ve earned over $225 from Ibotta since I started. You can be paid via PayPal or purchase gift cards. We’ve redeemed our rebates for iTunes and Starbucks gift cards but they keep adding more options. Earning money goes even faster when you link to friends because you can earn bonuses for teamwork.
Interested in joining my Ibotta team? Use this link: Join Trace’s Ibotta team.
Do you have any ideas to add? How do YOU combat growing grocery bills? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts!
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