3 Ways to Save at the Store

3 Ways to Save at the Store Without Coupons

I always love to save an extra penny or two! Lately, I have been working hard to make sure I stay within our budget, which means I have  been finding extra ways to save while I am shopping. Of course I love to shop the sales and use coupons when I can, but there are other ways to save too!

 

1. Speak Up

Sometimes items don’t ring up correctly at the register. That happened to me when I bought a couple pairs of shorts two weeks ago. They rang up $5 more than the price on the sale sign. I told the cashier and she saw that I was right, so she adjusted the price for me. Since I was buying 2 pairs, that saved me $10!
 
I have also done this at the grocery store several times. While the items are being rung up, I watch the computer screen to make sure I am getting the right price. If something doesn’t ring up correctly, I let the cashier know. Since I have a busy toddler, sometimes it is hard to keep me eye on the screen the whole time, so before I leave the store I always check my receipt to make sure everything rang up and all my coupons were applied.
 
      Another way that speaking up has saved me money was at Publix grocery store. I needed a package of Oreos for a recipe I was making. I had planned on buying the store brand, but they were out. When the cashier asked if I had found everything I was looking for, I politely told her that they were out of the cookies I wanted so I had to get the Oreos instead.  A supervisor was standing there, and he told the cashier to give me the Oreos for the price of the store brand cookies. That saved me $1.50!
 

    2. Download the App

My son needed some sandals for the summer, and I found a pair at The Children’s Place for 25% off. That was an okay deal, but I really wanted to get them cheaper, so I downloaded their app hoping there would be a discount. There was! I got an additional 20% off! Instead of paying $19, I paid $10.50. I have used the 40% off coupons that are available on craft store apps as well. The two I have used were from Hobby Lobby and JoAnn’s Fabric.
 
Another way that I have saved using store apps is with digital coupons. While I am shopping at Publix or Walgreens, I can quickly get on their apps and check for any coupons available. I also love using Ibotta* to get rebates on items from the grocery store!
 

    3. Keep Your Eyes Open

A couple weeks ago, I was picking up some canned veggies at our local IGA store. While I was there, I noticed a shelf
up front with some dented canned vegetables that had all been reduced. The dents weren’t that bad, and the veggies inside were fine, so I bought the reduced price cans instead. That shelf is not always there. I looked again this week, and they didn’t have it out.  It is always good to look for extra savings!
 
Have you saved by using any of these tips?
 

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  1. Perfect timing, Emily! Reading this reminded me I needed new shoes for Nathan, and I had just got a Children's Place email with an additional 30% off clearance and free shipping. I just ordered him 2 pairs of shoes (one as a 5, and one a 6) so we're set for the next sizes…and for only $17 shipped! Yay! Thanks for sharing your savings!

    • Awesome! You got a great deal. And nothing beats free shipping! I love being able to shop without leaving the house. I used to get emails from them, but unsubscribed months ago because it was cluttering my inbox since I'm terrible about checking my email. 😉

  2. That first one is a great one for me. I got my sandals for $16.99 that way instead of $24.99. I've also learned what cashiers to avoid at the grocery store. There is one that talks so much she isn't paying attention. And I get annoyed by the non-stop chatter so I'm just trying to hurry up and don't always notice if something rings in wrong or she keys the wrong type of apple/tomato, etc.

    • LOL, Julie! I'm the same way sometimes! I always have my son with me when I grocery shop, so checking out can be a little crazy because of the attention he gets from the associates, and he is constantly trying to grab something. Sometimes I just want to get out of there! Great deal on your sandals. 🙂

    • Thanks for the reminder to use coupons when shopping online. I haven't done that in awhile. There are so many money saving apps! I downloaded a few new ones this weekend, and I'm trying to figure them out. 😉

    • Emails are a great way to get extra coupons, Vickie! I even get texts periodically from Payless Shoe Source and Chick-fil-a with coupon codes. There are so many apps out there, it can be overwhelming! I usually just stick to a few and if I find I’m not using one often, I delete it.