7 ways to save money on groceries
Savvy shoppers can score huge deals on groceries and household supplies by shopping at drugstores like Walgreens, CVS or RiteAid Pharmacies. As an incentive to get you in their doors and back again, these stores offer rock-bottom sales on everything from canned soup to cleaning supplies. Combine the sales with store and manufacturers' coupons and many of your purchases may be free, says blogger Kirby. "I haven't paid a dime for shampoo or toothpaste in more than two years," she says.
How it works: At Walgreens.com, click the "weekly ad" tab; certain advertised items offer register rewards you can use like cash on your next Walgreens purchase. At CVS.com, click on the "extra care" link to sign up for a free store card. When you use it, you'll earn 2 percent in "extra bucks" (CVS store credit) on every store or online purchase. Certain purchases, noted in the "weekly store ad" link, also generate extra bucks you can redeem on your next visit. At RiteAid.com, click the "single check rebates" icon. That site requires you to submit receipts to earn monthly rebates.
Extreme couponer Crystal Paine of Moneysavingmom.com offers helpful tutorials for the Walgreens and CVS programs and countless others on her site.