Ways You Can Save Time and Money at the Grocery Store

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Sundays do not revolve around meal planning at my house, and I’ll admit that sometimes it really shows. The end of each work day usually ends with my husband and I texting back and forth about what should be for dinner. We are lucky to have a Fry’s Food Store within a block of our house (it’s also brand new). With the new Fry’s store came ClickList and a few other upgrades to grocery shopping that we didn’t even know we needed, and now we can’t live without! If you suffer from the nightly “what’s for dinner conversation” consider these 3 tips to help you make your next trips to the store quicker and less expensive.

Digitally Clip Coupons on Your Phone – Fry’s and many other retailers offer a mobile app, you can go in and find all sorts of digital coupons for items you regularly buy. You can browse coupons, which is best done when you have some free time; or you can search for specific products to see if a coupon is available. Once you’ve selected the coupons you think you will use, they are added to your store loyalty card, enter your loyalty number at the register (or on the app) and watch the total decrease. It’s that simple.

Navigate Like a Pro – Ever find yourself searching for a product that you know the store carries but you can’t seem to find anywhere? Or even worse, did you send your spouse to the store and he doesn’t know where to find the local salsa you’re craving and you know he’s about to give up on locating? Using your grocery store app, make sure you have your local store saved as your preferred location, then search for the product. The product page will show you the aisle, a picture of the product, the price, and any digital discounts available. This is ideal if you’re not the one shopping!

Online Ordering – If you think about what you’ll need early enough in the day, most grocery stores allow for same day online ordering! This can typically be done through the store’s website but also sometimes through their apps. Fry’s ClickList pulls data from your loyalty card so the products you purchase most show up on the front page, making it easy to add them to the cart without having to search for them. Submit your order to be picked up during a reserved time (you typically need a 4 hour advanced window), pull up to a dedicated parking spot, a store employee will bring your groceries out and pack them in your car, and you’re on your way! Stores have varying cost for this service, but many offer a few free trials or waive the fee if your order meets a minimum. On days where I know I am going to have both of my kids in the car, paying a fee to get our groceries in under 5 minutes is worth the $5.

As you make your way to the grocery store next let us know if you are implementing some of these time and money saving tools! Or share with us the tips and tricks that work best for you! Tag us in your post using #nphxmoms

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Katie and her husband have called North Phoenix home since 2009. Katie is fully embracing boy mom life, as the mother to an energetic 3 year old who is known to introduce himself by saying “Hi, my name is Colton, I have fast shoes.” Katie is also welcoming a brand new baby boy scheduled to make his arrival mid-April 2017. In her spare time you will find Katie searching out the best deals for anything and everything or trying out new apps, software, and products that will increase her efficiency so she has more time to partake in her favorite activities: relaxing with her boys, taking power naps, and learning new skills! As someone who loves school and plans to be a lifelong learner Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Individualized Studies: Business & Marketing Education from Central Washington University in 2008 and then continued her studies at the University of Arizona where she obtained her Master’s in Higher Education with an emphasis in Access & Success in 2010. While working at ITT Technical Institute Katie was able to earn her MBA in 2012. She is an educational professional with almost 10 years experience in Career and Technical Education and Higher Education. She is passionate about assisting individuals in gaining success through access to education and career opportunities.

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