Shoppers Save Money
During challenging economic times we tend to celebrate when we score deals on things we know we already want. With a little investment planning and tech-savvy investigation, smart shoppers can save big when they use their computers and smart phones to assist them with shopping both online and offline. Taking advantage of savings websites, price-comparison apps, loyalty programs, store circulars (both online and offline) and printable or phone-generated coupons can be an investment well worth your time. The following are just some suggestions you might want to check out:
Use Savings Websites
Coupons.com – Add grocery and drugstore coupons to your store loyalty cards and automatically save when you use them at the register.
Favado.com – Aggregates sales data for your local grocery, drug, and big box stores. Compare and save up to 70% on everyday items.
GroceryIQ.com – Create and organize grocery lists quickly and easily.
Comparison Shopping Apps
PriceGrabber – Discover the lowest prices on computers, electronics, furniture, cameras and more.
RedLaser – Find the best prices online or locally with this shopping comparison app and get product reviews.
ShopSavvy – Conveniently scan a barcode and compare against online prices.
Use Price Match and Loyalty Programs
Use price match programs. Some of our favorite stores have savings programs that will match competitors’ prices, so they are worth scoping out. Stores such as Staples, Office Depot, CVS and Rite Aid really come in handy during the the holiday and back-to-school season.
KeyringApp.com – Digitizes all your loyalty cards and stores them on a smartphone so you never have to fumble for the physical cards again.
“In regards to grocery shopping I am less of a coupon fan and more of a stockpile advocate,” shared Stacey Ross, founder of www.SanDiegoBargainMama.com, “My top successful savings tip is to research store circulars both offline and online, then shop the sales on merchandise you already get (not just grab because you landed a coupon) and store/freeze them – I am a big stockpiling fan.” Ross also advises shoppers to be careful about those convenience items. “They might save you a few minutes of prep time, but you pay up to 40% extra, though! It pays to put a little more thought into selecting your purchases!”