(WMC-TV) – Since the recession, manufacturers are giving out fewer and fewer coupons, and stores are making it harder and harder to use them.
In this Bang for Your Buck segment, Andrew Douglas reveals new ways to slash your grocery bill without even picking up a pair of scissors.
Mommy blogger Andrea Deckard has three kids, so she looks for every way to save on groceries. She has some great secrets to lowering your weekly bill on her blog http://savingslifestyle.com/.
1. Find out when your store marks down beef, bread, and other items.
"Find out from your local meat and produce managers, where you are shopping at, when they are reducing the prices on products they need to get out, because its coming close to expiration," Deckard explains.
2. Shop midweek, not Friday or Saturday. You'll find more sale items
3. Buy in-season fruits and veggies, they are cheaper and fresher than out-of-season veggies.
4. Switch to digital coupons. Paper coupons don't save money like they used to.
Deckard suggests trying new apps like Favado. It lists all the current sales on your favorite items, like laundry soap.
"It's really cool because it allows you to have the sales literally on your phone," said Deckard.
She also likes Coupon Sherpa. Deckard says it's "a great app to help you find the different printable coupons that are available."
6. Don't impulsively buy things at the end of the aisle; those are usually not the best deals.
7. Stock up on canned goods when they go on sale, they last a year.
8. Buy store brands when you can't tell the difference, like flour, or canned corn.
9. Never shop when you are hungry. Surveys say you buy as much as 20 percent more food if your stomach is growling.
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