What Is BerryCart and How It Will Save You Money

BerryCart and how it will save you money

BerryCart is an app that pays you cash back when you buy natural, organic, gluten free and non-GMO foods and beverages. It can be used in more than 25,000 locations including Target, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Walmart and more. New offers are available on Thursdays, and many of the offers are available in limited quantities so be sure to check current offers before you go shopping to ensure the ones you want are still available. BerryCart is a great app because it has rebates available for products that typically do not have coupons. If there are coupons are available, the rebates can be stacked with the coupons for additional savings. Here’s how it works:

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What Is Shopkick and How It Will Save You Money

Shopkick and how it will save you money

Earn points or “kicks” with the Shopkick app when you walk into a store, scan barcodes on specific products, or purchase products.  You don’t need to purchase anything at a store to collect points. You can walk in the store, get the points, scan barcodes on specific products, and leave. The “kicks” that can be redeemed for gift cards and other products at a variety of stores. Here’s how it works:

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What is Shopmium and How It Will Save You Money

Shopmium and how it will save you money

Shopmium has exclusive offers that you can purchase at any store that sells the product, and it allows you to receive a cash rebate for purchasing these select products. There are offers that allow you to get a percent off the product. They also have offers that are set price points. For instance, if they say a product is only $1, they will refund you up to a certain amount if you paid more than $1 for the product. This app only works with iPhones or Smartphones. Here’s how it works:

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What is SavingStar and How It Will Save You Money

SavingStar and how it will save you money

SavingStar is a grocery eCoupon app that allows you to save digital manufacturer coupons to your supermarket and drugstore loyalty cards. More than 100 retail chains participate in SavingStar. There are participating stores that do not have traditional loyalty cards such as Albertsons, Farm Fresh, Hy-Vee and more. Head over here to see how these stores work with SavingStar without a traditional loyalty card. And there are stores without loyalty cards such as Walmart, Target, Costco, Walgreens and more, where you can take a picture of your receipt to get the savings.

Every week, there is a 100% off freebie offer from SavingStar, as well as healthy offers. And every first of the month new offers are available. Since these are manufacturer coupons, you shouldn’t stack these eCoupons with other manufacturer coupons for the same purchase. You can use these eCoupons in addition to in-store coupons. And SavingStar has “One or Many” promotions where you can be rewarded for multiple purchases of products. For instance, save $5 when you purchase $20 on specific products. These purchases can be done in one shopping trip or many shopping trips and multiple stores. Here is how it works:

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What is Favado and How It Will Save You Money

Favado and how it will save you money

Favado is a mobile savings app that helps you save money by notifying you when your favorite items are on sale at nearby grocery and drugstores. Favado compares deals and savings across local stores to see which has the best prices on items you need that week. And the app shows you what coupons are available to use with the sales to help you save even more money–sometimes up to 70% on everyday items. In addition, Favado allows you to build your weekly shopping list within the app. Here is how it works:

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What is Snap by Groupon And How It Will Save You Money

Snap by Groupon and how it will save you money

Snap by Groupon is similar to Ibotta and Checkout51 and gives you cash back on everyday grocery purchases. You just buy promoted products at any store and snap a photo of your receipt to get cash in your account. Here’s how it works:

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What is Checkout51 and How It Will Save You Money

Checkout51 and how it will save you money

Checkout51 is similar to Ibotta and is a cash back app that saves you money on your groceries. Every Thursday morning, they have new offers available for only one week, and you need to redeem the offers during this time. By Wednesday night, the offers expire. You can download the Checkout51 app on your smartphone, but it is possible to do everything on a laptop or desktop. Here’s how to use it:

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6 Tips To Save Money On Thanksgiving Dinner

6 Tips to Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is the time to enjoy family and lots of food, but you don’t want to overspend on your grocery budget just to have a nice dinner. Here are some tips to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner without the cost of a big grocery bill.

1. Get A Turkey For a Good Deal or Free
Many grocery stores have deals to get a turkey for a discount or for free if you spend a certain amount of money. Find out which grocery stores near you participate in these promotions, then determine which store to shop at so you can get a turkey for a good deal. Keep in mind that frozen turkey seems to have the best deals. If you purchase one, you’ll need to plan ahead so it has time to thaw in the refrigerator, but it will cut down your Thanksgiving grocery budget.

2. Watch the Sales
Look through the front and back pages of the weekly sales fliers to determine which Thanksgiving items you need are loss leaders, meaning the store actually loses money on the products. Choose a few of these stores to shop at so you can get the items you need for the Thanksgiving dinner at a lower cost.

3. Cook From Scratch
Thanksgiving recipes cooked from scratch are almost always less expensive that than buying something pre-made. But go light on expensive dishes that require multiple ingredients that could increase the cost of your grocery budget. If your recipe calls for an ingredient you don’t have, instead of buying the ingredient, see if there is another ingredient you can substitute in its place. Of course, it’s okay to make a few of the popular dishes that are part of your family Thanksgiving tradition.

Making your own pie crust is less expensive than purchasing it frozen or prepared. If you haven’t made your own pie crust before, it’s simple to do. You can try my pie crust and pumpkin pie recipes here. And this homemade roll recipe is one of our family favorites. Plus, try these Old-Fashioned Mashed Potatoes.

4. Don’t overspend
It’s easy to overspend for Thanksgiving dinner because you want to make sure you have enough food. Be sure to make a list of what you’ll need and exactly how much you’ll need before you go shopping. Once you are at the store, stick with what’s on your list.

If you are trying to determine how much turkey to purchase for Thanksgiving, then calculate about one pound per person. If you want leftovers, then figure it to be more than one pound per person.

5. Have Guests Bring a Side Dish
Asking friends and family to bring a side dish will relieve some of the financial burden of hosting the Thanksgiving dinner. Plus, it will save time cooking. Ask guests to bring types of dishes such as appetizers, side dishes, or desserts, rather than a specific dish.

6. Keep It Simple
It’s tempting to go all-out to give your guests the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner, but doing so adds time and stress, as well as costing more money, to your Thanksgiving. It’s okay not to have ten different side dishes and five kinds of pie. Keep things simple and enjoy the wonderful company of family and friends.

What Thanksgiving tips you do have to save money on Thanksgiving dinner?

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And you might also like to watch my ABC Good Things Utah segment where last year I shared Tips to Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner.



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How to Cut Your Grocery Bill Without Using Coupons

Cut Grocery Bill Without Using Coupons

Did you know that the average family spends more than $6,000 on groceries a year, which is about 13 percent of their household income?! That is a HUGE amount of money! It is possible, however, to cut your grocery bill way down using some simple techniques, and you don’t even have to clip any coupons!

Some people may think of me as a coupon mom where I clip a lot of coupons to save money on my groceries, but I actually don’t really use very many coupons, and I don’t do extreme couponing. I only have a small coupon pouch (you can read about my coupon method here). For those of you who aren’t into couponing, just need a break from it, or feel like you just don’t have time, here are tips to cut your grocery bill without spending time clipping coupons.

1. Make A Plan
This tip is probably the most important step that will save you money, yet most people don’t even do it. Before heading to the grocery store, take 15-20 minutes to decide what meals to cook during the next week or two, and write a grocery list. Make sure to plan the meals based on what’s on sale that week and what items are already in the pantry. When at the store, stick with your grocery list and eliminate purchasing items you don’t need. Cut back on snacks, junk food, and soda, and ignore impulses to buy items. If it’s not on the list, DON’T buy it. Having a plan will save you from running to the store multiple times a week and paying full price for groceries.

2. Shop Less 
Studies have shown that more trips to the store result in overbuying because of impulse purchases. The extra items purchased can add as much as 30 percent to the monthly grocery bill. Plus, the cost of your time and the money spent driving there adds up through these frequent trips.

I used to shop weekly because I wanted to grab as many items on sale as possible. After having my second child, I now only shop once every two weeks. I’ve realized that it’s okay not to hit ALL of the sales and that most of the items will be on sale again within 12 weeks. If there is an amazing deal the week I’m not shopping, and it’s something I know I really need in my pantry, then I’ll run and grab that deal, but I don’t do it too often. I also make sure NOT to throw impulse purchases into my cart. By shopping less frequently, I’ve noticed that I save more money because I’m not at the store to spend it.

 3. Shop The Sales
Take a few minutes each week to glance at your local grocery store sales ads. If you don’t have a lot of time, then just look at the front and back of the ads. You will save money by purchasing items you use when they are on sale, especially if a product reaches its rock bottom price, meaning the lowest price you’ll see it on sale.

Sales on items reoccur about every 12 weeks, so it’s important to purchase enough of an item to get you through until the next sale, or you will end up paying full price for a product. Try to make it a goal to only purchase an item when it’s on sale.

4. Buy Generic
Generic brands usually cost less than name brands. It’s okay to have one or two favorite brands that you don’t want to live without, but overall, purchasing generic brands will help cut down on costs. You should also be willing to try new brands when they are on sale at the rock bottom price. Sometimes these brands are less expensive on sale than the generic brand.

5. Use Less Meat 
Choose meals where you incorporate only a small amount of meat. You don’t need to use as much meat as a recipe suggests, and don’t always make meat the main dish of the meal. Most of the time, you can use less meat in a meal and it turns out great. For instance, if a soup recipe calls for one pound of ground hamburger, add 1/2 pound of meat and a can of beans instead. It still tastes good, and most likely you’ll have some leftovers for later. You might want to also consider cutting out meat once or twice a week and choose meals that are meatless.

By having a grocery strategy, it can save you a lot of money. These are just a few tips on how to cut your grocery bill without using coupons. Do you have any tips that you use to cut your grocery bill?

You might also be interested in reading the Buying Groceries on a Budget series.

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Saving Money on Food Series: How to Save on Grains

During the past month, I’ve posted ways to save money on food. This is the fourth and final week of the Saving Money on Food series. If you missed the other parts of this series, read about how to save on meat, dairy, and produce. This week gives ideas to save money on grains.

1. Watch for Sales
Once or twice a year, there will be a great sale on items such as flour, rice, pasta, oats, cereal, and more. When these items reach their “rock bottom price” meaning the lowest price you’ll see them in the store, then purchase enough to last you until the next sale.

2. Buy in Bulk
Many times, purchasing wheat, flour, rice, and oats in bulk will save you money in the long run. Shop at places such as WinCo, Sam’s Club, or Costco to pick up bulk items since their prices are good. With the volume of bulk they sell, you know these items are regularly rotated and fresh. 

3. Buy at a Bakery Outlet
Head to a bakery outlet and purchase bread that is nearing the date it needs to be sold. Buy a bunch to place in your fridge and then some to freeze. When you start to run low on bread, just grab one from the freezer to thaw.

4. Freeze It
Bags of flour can be stored in the freezer to maintain freshness. And as I mentioned above, bread can be frozen too. If you have leftover rice from a rice cooker, freeze it rather than throwing it out by placing it in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. It will keep for months, and when you are ready to use it, just place it in the microwave with a little bit of water or heat it up on the stove. 

5. Grind Your Own Wheat
If you use a large amount of flour, then consider purchasing a wheat grinder to make your own flour. I love adding in my own whole wheat flour to recipes because it is more healthy for my family. 

6. Make Your Own Bread and Breakfasts
It takes a little more time, but consider making your own bread. For those of you with a bread machine, it is easy to throw ingredients into the machine in the morning. For those of you (like me) without a bread machine, schedule time during the week to make bread to save a little extra money.

Check out these breakfast and bread recipes such as granola cereal, whole wheat waffles, banana crumb muffins, granola bars, and more to make at home.

What do you do to save money on grains?Here are more ways to save money on food:
Saving Money on Food Series: How to Save on Meat
Saving Money on Food Series: How to Save on Dairy
Saving Money on Food Series: How to Save on Produce
Saving Money on Food Series: How to Save on Grains

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