How to get the best grocery deals

Posted at 10:58 AM, Nov 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-17 11:58:16-05

Looking to get some good grocery deals for thanksgiving dinner? Well, before you load up the cart and part with your cash, there are a few things that you might want to do to help those dollars stretch farther.

Before leaving home, make a shopping list so that you do not forget items or buy more than what you need. The more trips to the store, the more likely you are to overspend. Compare store flyers and look for coupons from multiple sources including online and your store’s app. You can also save some big bucks if the store offers double couponing or allows you to stack their coupons with manufacturer coupons.

When you get to the store, stick to the list and avoid impulse purchases. Watch out for items that are displayed in convenient spots. It may be easy to pick them up, but you might find comparable items in another aisle at a cheaper price. Read shelf labels and compare brands and unit pricing. Although the cost per container may seem less, sometimes you pay more per ounce or unit of measure. Also pay attention to expiration dates. Stores will often run deals on items that are about to expire.

When it is time to check out, do not forget to use a store reward card and credit cards that might also give you cash back for purchases. And, check over your receipt to be sure that you were not overcharged.

If you run into a problem with an overcharge or damaged item, speak up. Most stores will happily make things right with refunds, replacements, or other compensation.