Welcome to part 9 of my year-long series on how to reduce your grocery bill. If you missed any of the earlier parts you can find them here:
For this part of the series I want to focus on combing deals in order to get the most bang for your buck. It seems pretty straight forward that the more ‘deals’ you can put together the more you will save but sometimes this super simple principal is hard to do. Firstly, it can take time to search out deals and get things organized before going grocery shopping. Secondly, sometimes wording on a coupon or an in-store deal can be confusing.
However, the more you do combine deals and do things like search through flyers, check apps and price match etc the easier and quicker it will become. As for coupons here are some important phrases to know:
Limit one per purchase. This means that only 1 coupon can be used per item. If you are buying 2 items then 2 coupons can be used.
Limit one per transaction. This means that you can only use one coupon per transaction you do. So if you are buying two items in one transaction then you will only be able to use one coupon.
Cannot be combined with any other offer. This is probably the least understood phrase on many coupons. This does not mean that you can not combine a coupon with a sale or with price matching etc. It does mean that you can not use two coupons together on one item. (There are some exceptions when a store decides to double a coupon. You would need to read your stores policy on this and doubling of coupons is almost non-existent in Canada anymore though.)
Below are some varying real-life examples of combining deals in order to save on your grocery budget.
#1 Sale + bonus points+ stockpiling
Last February one of our local grocery stores had a sale on whole chickens as well as chicken thighs. At the same time they also had a deal where if you spent $100 you would get 10,000 bonus points. Those points are equal to $10 on a future grocery trip. Since chicken is an item that we can eat many different ways as well as it is easy to store in our freezer we decided to stock up. We bought the items on sale, got extra loyalty points (equal to 10% off) and stockpiled.
#2 Sale + loyalty points + coupons/apps/mail in rebates)
Another example is when I do Shoppers Drug Mart Redemptions. These are times when my loyalty points are worth more than they typically would be. I combine that redemption with what is on sale and use coupons or a mail in rebate or rebate app to increase my savings and make my loyalty points go further. This redemption is a good example of how I used $7.50 in coupons in order to make the available amount I could get for free stretch even further. You can see more of my Shoppers redemption deals here.
#3 Price Match + bonus points + coupon + stockpiling
Over the last week a local grocery store had pre-sliced cheese on sale for $3.49 as opposed to the usual $4.99. The store I like to shop at the most price matched these in order to be competitive. In my weekly bonus point offers that I receive I happened to have the offer of receive 800 points ($0.80 worth) for each package that I purchased. On top of this there is currently a coupon out for $1.50 off when you buy two packages. This meant that the out of pocket price was $2.74 per package along with $0.80 off of a future purchase. So one could say they worked out to $1.94 a pack; a steal of a deal! Over the last 7 days any time that my husband or I were near one of these grocery stores we stopped in and picked up 4 packages (that was the limit per trip). We’ve been out a lot this week doing errands and attending appointments so we ended up with 16 packages of sliced cheese. This amount should last us about 2 months and because they are presliced and portioned it saves me lots of time 🙂 By stockpiling the cheese now at this low price we are saving money in the long run.
If we had purchased the cheese above at the full $4.99 price it would have cost us $79.84. Instead, we paid just $43.84 and now have a credit of $12.80 we can use the next time we go grocery shopping. That is a total savings of $48.80! As you can see the combining of deals can really pay off.
Do you combine deals? Do you have any questions about combing deals?