March 06, 2013 12:20 am • Arianne Brown - Correspondent(0) Comments In this difficult economy, we are all looking for ways to stretch our dollar a little bit further.With what seems to be ever-shrinking pocketbooks and continually growing prices of groceries, many Utah residents are finding it more and more difficult to buy food and other household needs. Many have turned to clipping coupons, others have found that buying in bulk at club stores such as Costco and Sam's Club is the way to go, but so many are still left scratching their heads, trying to find out the best way to save their family money.
Is there another way?"Yes," says Rachel Turner, Utah County mother and author of the popular money-saving blog pricematchwithrachel.com. After struggling to keep up with the demands of her family while on a tight budget, Turner turned to price matching. Not only has Turner been helping her own family, but through her blog, she has helped thousands of families save thousands of dollars. Below are some simple tips on how to successfully price match:
1 Find a store that price-matches:"Not all stores do this," said Turner. "In fact, most stores don't. You can find most stores' policies on their websites." Turner said one main store that does price match is Walmart. "I have found that not only do they have the 'Price-Match Guarantee,' but they also have a wide variety of items ranging from school supplies to food and much, much more."
2 Plan your grocery trip ahead of time:"Put your list into categories such as dairy, snacks, meat, freezer, paper products, fruits, vegetables, baking, cleaners, pets, drinks, health, beauty, oral care, etc.," Turner said. "This will help you remember everything that you need to buy, shop faster, and price match easier."
3 Wants vs. needs:"Just because something is on sale doesn't mean it needs to go home with you," Turner said. "Coupons oftentimes encourage you to spend money rather than save. Don't be tempted by that lonely coupon; oftentimes, you are better off without it."
4 Price match whenever possible:"If you have to buy it anyway, buy it for less," Turner said. "Why pay an extra 30 to 50 percent more on your groceries when you don't have to? Simply knowing what grocery stores are advertising their products for can save you a bundle." Turner said that Walmart, for example, will match any competitor's advertised ad for the same item size and quantity.
5 Buy store brand whenever possible:"Most store brand items are just as good as name brand, and that is because store brands are in fact name brand products with a new label," Turner said. "Unless it is a health and beauty product or cleaner, most store brands will do just fine except for Oreos. There is no replacement for those!"
6 Purchase less processed foods:"Often times, people only think to price match processed items and forget about fresh produce," Turner said. "Not only will your wallet thank you, so will your waistline. More and more people are turning to convenience foods and I get it -- we are all busy. However, if you just took one day a week and prepped some things, you would see that you are saving time, money and calories." Tags Tips, Price Match, Shopping
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