Wanting to save money doesn't make you a cheap person. You'd just be one of many people who pay attention to their expenses. It's just being economical. Many big box stores offer discounts to their customers, and it would be just a bit silly to miss out on them.
There are also tons of Walmart Canada, Costco and IKEA hacks that will save you even more money when you shop. It's true, there are so many useful tips for those of you who want to keep on saving. You could cut costs on a simple box of tissues, salads that are soon expiring, or even a big and flashy TV that will entertain you and the whole squad.
1. Price adjustment policy
All Walmarts and a couple of Costco outlets have a price adjustment policy. On their website, it states that you simply need to present a valid flyer (printed or digital) of any local competitor to the Walmart cashier. If your request is approved, the cashier will match the price instantly. It's definitely worth going through flyers before you go to the mart to take advantage of this amazing policy.
2. Printable coupons
You can find discount coupons on the shopping website and even print them for use in-store. But don't be surprised, because there aren't many. This is because the company prefers to offer the lowest possible prices on all of their items at all times.
3. Save big with display models
If you want an item that's out of stock, ask the manager if it's possible to buy the one that's on display. The item will probably not come in its original box, but the savings that come with it is totally worth it.
4. The secret codes of prices
Walmart has its own price codes, and knowing them can save you a lot of money. If the price of an item ends with 7 (e.g. $9.97), it means that it hasn't been discounted yet. If it ends with 5 (e.g. $6.65), this is because there was a previously applied discount. And if the price ends with 1 (e.g. $5.01), this means that the item is at its lowest price.
5. Early shopping
Shopping early in the day has its share of benefits. The best prices on perishable products, such as meats or bread, are cheapest when sold just before their expiration date. It's worth it — you can freeze anything with your fridge's technology.
6. Free shipping
Walmart and Costco offer several free delivery options to its customers. Their goal? To make your shopping experience "even more fun and affordable." In-store, pick-up is free for orders over $25. Otherwise, there is a $5 fee. For free home delivery, it takes orders over $50 to qualify.
7. Refurbished products
Products that are advertised as "refurbished" are totally worth checking out. If you go online, you can click on the "refurbished" items section and check to see if you can save money on these items. Prices will differ depending on the level of refurbishment. Often, it'll be a TV that hasn't been out of its box for too long. Can you say, "discount"?
8. Buy the house brand
Whichever store you shop in, if the company has its own brand, it's of good quality and probably provided by one of the name-brand manufacturers. Walmart owns several generic brands, and the best known is the Great Value brand. Less prestige than an LG TV? Not necessarily.
9. The Newsletter
Subscribing to corporate email newsletters can absolutely save you money. Very often, the company will send exclusive offers to subscribers, which can be tempting for some. Plus, it's free to subscribe.
10. Walmart on social networks
It may be worth following Walmart Canada, Costco and IKEA on Facebook, Twitter, and other social pages where they're active. Companies often announce exclusive offers and promo codes to their followers.
11. Displays filled with discounts
Very often, big box stores and even grocery stores, offer a whole display section of stuff that's about to expire. Generally, these products have big signs advertising these discounts. They're very hard to miss.
How to save on groceries?
The spending on groceries differs once you start to have a family and quite honestly, being single does take a toll on your expenses. If you have a family of four, your grocery bills could easily go till $12k annually. But it never harms to cut back on your food spending. Because spending $300 a month becomes $3600 a year. And if you could cut your grocery spending by even $50, that would mean $600 annually.