How to save up to 90% off your grocery bill

Dec 12, 2010 by    Posted under: Coupons, Saving Money

I’ve written about the amazing savings you can get by using coupons but did you know that store club cards can also save you enormous amounts of money? Many stores have club cards (sometimes called ‘members cards’) and they are almost always free. The ones I find offer the biggest savings are: CVS, Rite Aid and Safeway.

Here’s how matching coupons with store club card savings saved me more than $56.00 today.


My first stop was Safeway. I made my purchases in two transactions and took advantage of two great promotions available only with a Safeway Club Card. The first promotion Safeway was running was with Nabisco – buy any 5 participating items, save $5 instantly. The second was with a variety of coffee brands, including Taster’s Choice – buy any three items, save $6 instantly. Also, the price on each item here reflects Safeway Club Card prices. The cost of each item is about $1.00 more without the club card.

Transaction #1:

1 box Nabisco Ritz Crackers $2.49

1 box Ritx Munchable Crackers $2.49

1 box Nabisco Triscuts $2.49

2 boxes Nabisco Sponge Bob Cheese Nips $1.99

3 boxes Taster’s Choice Instant Coffee $2.99

Total price: $20.42

Coupons used:

1  $1.00 off two Nabisco Crackers

1 $1.00 of one Nabisco Ritz Munchables

1 $1.00 off two Sponge Bob Cheese Nips

1 Buy One Get One Free Taster’s Choice Instant Coffee

1 $.75 off one Taster’s Choice Instant Coffee

Total coupon savings:($6.74)

Nabisco promo: ($5.00)

Coffee promo: ($6.00)

Final Cost: $2.68 (a savings of 90%)

Transaction #2

3 boxes Taster’s Choice Instant Coffee $2.99

3 boxes Celestial Seasonings Tea $2.50

Total price: $20.94

Coupons used:

1 Buy One Get One Free Taster’s Choice Instant Coffee

1 $.75 off one Taster’s Choice Instant Coffee

3 $1.00 one box of Celestial Seasonings Tea

Total Coupon Savings: ($6.74)

Coffee promo: ($6.00)

Final Cost: $3.73 (a savings of 82%)

Rite Aid

I also made a trip to Rite Aid to get two great deals with my Rite Aid club card. All Almay makeup was 40% off and Eco Tools bath accessories were buy one get one 50% off. The Eco Tools promotion also included a $5.00 store credit to use on your next visit when you bought 2.

2 Almay Intense Eyeshadow $7.49

2 Eco Tools Bath Accessories $3.99

Total price: $22.96

Coupons used:

2 $2.00 off Almay Intense Makeup (Rite Aid coupon)

1 $3.00 off $20.00 purchase (Rite Aid coupon)

Total coupon savings: ($7.00)

Almay sale 40% off: ($6:00)

Eco Tools sale BOGO 50%: ($2.00)

Paid at register: $9.07 ($7.96 + $1.11 tax)

I received $5.00 store credit for purchasing 2 Eco Tools accessories.

I will submit my receipt for a $4.00 rebate ($2.00 for each) from Rite Aid Single Check Rebate.

Final cost: $5.07 plus $5.00 store credit (a savings of 78%)

My shopping trip deals: paid $15.48 for $72.00 worth of groceries and beauty products.

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