We spend more on groceries than any other household expense, and it’s no wonder—we gotta eat, after all! I’m kind of a freak when it comes to bargain shopping at the supermarket. I hate to buy anything that isn’t on sale and/or doesn’t have a coupon. That even goes for produce: That’s where I start, scoping out the deals and planning menus in my head as I go. Big bonus: the marked-down produce is usually in season, which means it’s likely to be fresh (and maybe even local). But my old-school strategies only get me so far. To really get that grocery bill down, you want to take advantage of new tools too, like these three awesome apps:
Grocery IQ helps you create shopping lists and sends you coupons for the items on it.
Make Change, Not Waste motivates you to start up some earth-healthy habits, like biking to work and switching to paperless billing, then rewards you for coupons you can use at Whole Foods.
Pushpins shoots you digital coupons and notifies you when they’re about to expire.
For more money-saving tips (plus the stores with the best and worst produce, prices, customer service, and checkout speed), read “Tame your grocery bill” in the September issue of ShopSmart, on newsstands now. And we’d love to hear your favorite grocery-shopping savings strategies!