- Store Circulars: These ads automatically come in your mailbox every week and many consumers don’t even glance at them. These are your guides to savings money! Many ads can also be found online. Most stores changedeals weekly. It can vary depending on where you shop at but a very common cycle is ads go out in the mail on Tuesday with offers valid for a week starting the next day (Wednesday). Look at what is in an ad and plan your weekly menu around what is on sale.
- Store Loyalty Cards: These are usually free and easy to sign up for and can connect you with store specials and store rewards programs (like gas rewards). You can often digitally ad rewards to some loyalty cards.
- Grocery List: It is crucial to plan meals and create a grocery list based on what’s on sale and what coupons are available. Set aside 20 – 30 minutes each week to do this. You may want to do this Tuesday night when you have all the ads. Some people prefer to do their planning and shopping on the weekend. That is fine but sale items may be picked over. The good news is if an item is on sale and out of stock, you can usually ask for a rain check. This guarantees you the item at the sale price when it is back on shelves.
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