Saturday, May 22, 2010

Tips on How to Maximize Savings at Meijers

Typically, I am able to save the most money by grocery shopping at Meijer.  Now don't get me wrong, if you take time to scour the ads and clip coupons, you will be able to save a great deal no matter where you shop.  Today, however, I am going to highlight the best ways to save at Meijer. These general ideas can be used at other stores as well. 

Here is a picture of my loot from today's trip to Meijer.

Total Spent: $36.34
Total Manufacturers Coupons: $26.73
Total Meijer Coupons: $5.00
Total In-Store Savings: $28.11
Grand Total Saved: $59.84

It is hard to tell from this picture, but my loot includes 3 bags dog food (1 large, 2 small), 4 quarts ice cream, 5 gallons apple juice (for my adorable nephew), 4 boxes pasta salad, 3 frozen meals, 1 bag Pampers, dog bones, butter, salad dressing, Ginger Ale (been craving this), 2 packages hot dogs, 4 packages bologna (for the freezer), 2 Tic Tacs, and some barbecue sauce.  That is a lot of groceries for only $36.00.

Now, I bet you are wondering how I worked my magic! 

1. Manufacturers coupons:  I used a coupon on every item that I purchased except for the Ginger Ale.  At Meijer, they will double any coupon $.50 or lower.  This is great info to know.  Make sure you check out the coupon guidelines at the grocery store of your choice.

2. In-store coupons: Meijer has a great website called Meijer Mealbox that has in-store coupons.  These coupons can be combined with manufacturers coupons for a double whammy of savings.  Many times, they will post coupons for items that are on sale that week. 

3. Sale Items: Check the weekly ads for items that are on sale and stock up!  Most items have a long shelf life or can be frozen for several months.  On Saturdays at Meijer, they usually have even better one day deals. 

4. Catalinas: These are the coupons that print out with your receipt at each transaction.  Most store have advertised catalinas such as Buy 2 Kraft Pasta Salads, Get a coupon for $1 off your next visit.  These can be money makers if combined with coupons. 

Hope this inspires your inner Frugalista!


  1. I am so horrible at coupon clipping, but you are awesome!

    I voted for Ruthie, but I love "Morgan McFarland" and I love the name Josephine. So I think I'll go vote for those, too. :)

  2. I never knew they were called Catalinas. Thanks for the tips. We have a Meijer nearby, but I don't go there very often. I never knew about their website either.


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