Groceries can become a significant monthly expense, especially if your household has many people. As inflation and prices continue to rise, it is helpful to keep these 10 tips in mind to save money on groceries when shopping at Lynn Valley Centre.
1. Write a grocery list
You will be less likely to make impulse purchases when you write a list of the groceries you intend to purchase and follow it closely. It is also a way to avoid throwing away food because you will have an inventory of what you have and only buy what you need.
2. Avoid small pre-packaged items
Although pre-packaged items are more convenient, you can easily buy bulk items and divide them into smaller portions. Purchasing whole items such as a head of lettuce is also fresher than the packaged option. Kin’s Farm Market is a great place to find fresh produce you can buy whole.
3. Consider generic brands
Many generic brands provide the same quality as name brands. Stores frequently carry their own brand, which you usually find on the top or bottom shelves of the aisles.
4. Loyalty program
Find stores that offer loyal programs and that reward you for shopping there often. The points you accumulate add up to a significant amount each year.
5. Compare prices
No matter what you are shopping for, optimize your savings by knowing which stores offer your favourite items at a lower price. There are specialty stores that charge more for items you can buy at stores known for lower prices.
6. Bring your grocery bags
Many stores now offer discounts for customers who bring their reusable shopping bags. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you will also reduce your grocery bill.
7. Choose products that offer rebates
When shopping at the store, you may see products that advertise a rebate on their packaging. Another way to find rebates is to register with various apps that send you offers applicable in your area.
8. Find sales and promotions
No matter the time of year, stores have ongoing sales and promotions. Westlynn Meats and Seafood Ltd. and Save-On-Foods both carry a great selection. Check to see when these stores have sales and promotions that can save you money on your next grocery trip.
9. Purchase seasonal produce
Produce is often less expensive when in season. Look for fresh fruits and vegetables during the time of year when they are harvested. Not only will they be at their peak of freshness, but they will also allow you to keep more money in your wallet.
10. Clip coupons
Whether they are paper or online coupons, many brands and stores offer various discounts you can claim during checkout. Look for coupons mailed to your home, on the store’s website, or ask for them at the cash register.
At Lynn Valley Centre, you will find stores that offer great prices to make your next shopping trip budget-friendly. Whether you are seeking specialty items or fresh produce, Lynn Valley Centre provides the options every savvy shopper wants. Come check out our stores today!