While I most definitely shop at a variety of stores, there are three specific ways I like to save money at local grocery stores.
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1. When your meal plan falls through, pick up a rotisserie chicken instead of take-out.
My friend and mentor, Holly, actually recommends just adding a rotisserie chicken to your meal plan each and every week!
It saves our family so much money for me to run to the store and grab a rotisserie chicken for dinner over succumbing to the temptation to order take-out or load up the kids and go out to eat.
I usually pair the chicken with some quick gluten-free mac ‘n cheese and some sautéed green beans. Bam–we have a full, frugal meal that didn’t require any more than a 5-minute trip to my closest store.
Besides pairing the chicken with side dishes, you can also shred it up quickly and add it to soups or casseroles, or top salads with it.
I also like picking them up to bring to potluck suppers.
2. Check gluten-free and other specialty food sales.
It’s often (but not always) cheaper to purchase specialty items at local grocery stores or online over health food stores.
Because it’s not these type of items their typical customers might be seeking, our local store frequently puts their gluten-free items on sale. They also run amazing clearance sales when items like this aren’t selling.
I always go by the gluten-free section when I’m at my local store to see what’s on sale and what I can stock up on while there.
Besides often being cheaper and on sale, it also saves me money to look for specialty items at local chain stores over the fancier stores that require me to drive to the “big city” (Charlotte). Mama just doesn’t have time for all that in this season of her life!
3. Use loyalty programs for even more savings.
Local-ish grocery chains often offer great loyalty programs that are worth exploring.
Whatever your local grocery chain is, inquire about joining their loyalty program–especially if their conveniently-located store means you frequent them for last-minute items.
If you live in a moderately sized town, there may be a few different stores that you can check out. This allows your to check prices at various stores and choose the best prices. This also makes it a super convenient stop for last-minute items, as well as for everyday, stress-free grocery shopping.