5 grocery shopping hacks every smart shopper should know

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Grocery shopping isn’t fun, like shopping for clothes or gifts. We tend to form habits around our weekly shopping outing – finding the closest store and walking every aisle like a zombie, anyone? By doing the same ole same ole, you could very well be lugging things home that could have been shipped to you or leaving a lot of savings on the table. Maybe it’s time to shake things up and do things a bit differently!

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1. App happy

You probably belong to the loyalty program at your local grocery store, but you could be saving even more by installing a grocery savings app, like Ibotta, Checkout51 or Flipp on your smartphone. They are all a little different, but they are all designed to help you save even more on the things you’re already buying. Check them out and see which one appeals to you. You’ll be happy that you did!


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2. Shop online

Whether you live in a city or the suburbs, dragging all those groceries around is a pain! Why not order some of your necessities online? The pricing can be competitive – or even lower in some cases, and you’ll avoid back strain. Some of my favorite spots for purchasing household items online are Brandless, for snacks and condiments (everything is $3!) and Target for paper goods, cleaning wipes and spray cleaners.

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3. Buy in bulk

If there are certain items that you go through quickly, like toilet paper or snacks for your kids’ lunches, buy them in bulk. If you have a Costco, Sam’s Club or BJ’s membership, shop there, but if not, try Boxed.com, an online wholesale club with no membership fees and free shipping on orders over $49. Before buying, always compare the price per unit to what you pay at the grocery store. It’s usually lower, but not always.

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4. Save at Whole Foods

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can receive exclusive savings at Whole Foods and also save an extra 10% on a wide variety of items. Look for discount and deal signs in the store.

To receive the savings, you’ll need to download the Whole Foods Market app and show it at checkout. If you shop with the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card, you can earn 5% cash back at Whole Foods! 

If you’ve been on the fence about joining Amazon Prime, this added bonus might just convince you! Click here to learn more.

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5. Pay the right way

Speaking of credit card rewards, using the right rewards card to buy your groceries could earn you some serious cash back. CreditKarma has a list of the best credit cards for grocery shopping, which includes the Blue cards from American Express, Citi Double Cash Card and the Chase Freedom card. Note that in order to truly reap the benefits of these cards, you need to pay them off in full every month. Carrying a balance on your credit cards can negate any cash back you’ve earned. 

Happy shopping!

This article originally appeared on TraeBodge.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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Trae Bodge

Trae Bodge is an accomplished lifestyle journalist and TV commentator who specializes in smart shopping, personal finance, parenting, and retail. Trae has been named a Top Voice in Retail by LinkedIn and a top personal finance expert by GoBankingRates and Flexjobs. She is a contributor at Millie Magazine and CNN Underscored, and her writing and expert commentary have appeared in Newsweek, Woman's Day, Forbes, USNews.com, Kiplinger, Marketwatch, MSN.com, Yahoo Finance and numerous others. She has also appeared on TV hundreds of times; including Good Morning America's GMA3: What You Need to Know, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Inside Edition, CNBC and local network affiliates nationwide.