by Kyle Taylor
Listen, even if you’re not one of those crazy coupon ladies that you see on TLC, you should still be saving a lot more on your groceries than you already are.
I’m not saying you need to hoard 455 rolls of toilet paper or that you need to spend hours comparing sales ads, but there are a few weird (and easy) things you can do to save some money on your grocery bill.
Here are 5 ridiculous ways to save on your groceries…
1. Take a Picture of Your Receipts
Yeah, did you know that you can get cash-back on your groceries just for taking a picture of your receipt? The very popular website and mobile app, Checkout51 will pay you to do just that. Here’s how it works….
1. Sign up for Checkout51 here (you just need a name/email address to start).
2. Browse through the cash-back offers in your area and take note the next time you go to the grocery store (the offers change every Thursday). For example, in my area Checkout51 will give me .50 if I take a picture of a receipt showing that I bought a gallon of milk and a $1.00 if I take a picture showing that I bought graham crackers. Plus, they’ll give me $2 just for taking a picture of my first receipt.
3. So, obviously you don’t want to buy a bunch of crap you weren’t already going to buy. But, this can be an easy way to get a little cash-back for doing something you were already going to do. Also, you can still use coupons on the items you’re buying, so this can be a nifty way to “stack” your savings and in some cases, you might be able to get the item for free.
4. Once you’ve reached $20 earnings, Checkout51 will mail you a check. Simple as that.
5. If you like doing this kind of thing, I’d also check out the Ibotta mobile app as it’s very similar. Heck, sign up for both and you might be able to get cash-back on your receipt twice.
2. Scan The Groceries When You Get Home
Did you know that the Nielsen company will pay you to scan your groceries each week? Crazy, right?
Once you sign up to become a Nielsen Homescan family, the company will send you a free scanner (like the one pictured to the left). Every time you go shopping, you simply scan the barcodes on the back of each product and send your data off to Nielsen. Pretty easy, huh?
If you want to give it a try, you can fill out the application here: Nielsen Homescan Application
As an active participant, you earn gift points which you can redeem for different types of merchandise. You can choose electronics, jewelry, household items, and even toys for the kids. The longer you stay on the panel, the more opportunity you have to earn points towards prizes.
You also receive entries for the panel’s many sweepstakes. Prizes include money, vacations, and brand new vehicles. This is a great way to make your consumer voice count and be rewarded handsomely for recording your purchases. You’re already going to the grocery store anyway, right?
3. Get Paid Extra to Use Your Coupons
The company, InboxDollars will actually pay you to print and use the coupons they offer on their website. Here’s how it works…
1. Sign up for a free account with InboxDollars (just need a name & email address). Plus, they give you $5 free since I referred you.
2. Navigate to the “Coupons” section. There you will find dozens of high-value coupons for everyday items like cereal and toilet paper. Select the ones you want, print them out, and use them in your store like a regular coupon. But here’s the kicker —- InboxDollars will pay you ten cents for every coupon you use.
Now, that might not sound like a lot of money, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Most of the coupons that you can print on their site are the same coupons you find in your Sunday newspaper or on Coupons.com. They’re actually put out by the same people. So, it’s free cash for coupons you’re probably already clipping. And all those dimes start to add up after awhile…
4. Get Cash Back with a Credit Card
If you’re not using a rewards card for your groceries, you’re really just leaving free money on the table.
One of my favorite reward cards is the Barclaycard Rewards Mastercard. They give you a whopping 2 points for every dollar worth of groceries you put on the card each month (Plus, they give you 1 point for every other dollar you spend).
And there’s no annual fee with this card, meaning if you paying off it in full each month, it really will cost you nothing to have this card. The points can, of course, be converted to cash (1000 points = $10)
Consider this – the average family spends $1024.70/month on groceries, so if you use this card each time you shop, you could pocket an extra $245.93 every year.
Also, this is a pretty easy card to qualify for (it’s marked as average credit).
5. Pay with a Gift Card
One of my favorite money-saving tips is to pay for everything with a gift card. That’s because you can buy gift cards for as much as 25% off their face value on sites like Raise.com.
I can almost always find gift cards to Target, Wal-mart and Whole Foods on Raise and sometimes I even see gift cards to local grocery stores. And to make this deal even better, pay for your gift card using your rewards credit card.
It’s an instant way to save
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