I previously wrote about saving on groceries by meal planning. But if you aren’t basing your menu off of available sales and coupons then you are basically giving money away. By being a savvy shopper, you can minimize your grocery bill while still eating the foods you enjoy. The key to save on groceries is knowing what deals to take advantage of, and which to let pass by.
In this post, I am going to walk you through the typical grocery deals you will find and how you can best take advantage of them.
How To Save On Groceries By Shopping Deals
Cartbuster events are also known as mix-and-match sales. Several different brands will be available for sale and any combination of them can be used.
As food conglomerates have gotten larger, they have been able to create cross-brand sales that leave a substantial portion of the store on sale. Kraft is especially big on cartbuster events.
Typically, these sales work by requiring a certain number of items to be purchased to get the sale price. A common cartbuster sale will require you to buy 10 items to save $5, or 50 cents each.
The downside is that you have to buy 10, or else everything is full price. Food companies use this tactic to get you to buy more, or to buy their brand over another.
When it comes to this type of grocery sale, it pays to know your prices. If you switch brands on an item to get a 10th item, make sure that you are saving more with the sale than you are paying extra with the higher priced item.
10 For 10 Sales
You know what I call this one? I call it a sale. When people see “10 for $10,” they usually assume that they must buy 10 items, like in a cartbuster sale. But check the fine print.
Usually, there is no requirement for a certain number of items to be purchased. Northeast chain Shop-Rite also calls this a Can-Can sale, because canned goods are the most common sale item for this type of sale.
These sales can have different dollar values as well. Maybe 10 for $5 or 10 for $15. 2 for $3 is another common one. While 10 for 10 sales don’t require that you buy identical items, usually they are similar, like canned vegetables, or soup.
When it comes to this type of sale, make sure you are only buying the amount you need. Remember, you typically don’t need to buy 10 to get the sale price. Just buy what you need and no more.
Buy One, Get One Free
Many supermarkets will also use the buy one, get one free sale, or BOGO. This sale requires you to buy 2 of an item. You will pay full price for the first item and get the second one for free.