Saving Money On Groceries – WITHOUT COUPONS

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I’ve been meaning to do a follow up post to a post I did about using Deals to Meals to save on my groceries. Something that takes me 3 minutes to do, without clipping a single coupon, or browsing store ads, and SAVES ME tons of money is definitely worth sharing. When the topic of “grocery savings” or “couponing” comes up, the main concern we hear is that you can’t buy healthy food with coupons or by using money saving websites. Well sorry – but that’s WRONG! I use deals to meals, mainly for my produce and save a ton by price matching. I love it. Today I was without my kids at the grocery store (yes – I know some of you just did a big jealous gasp) and since I was all alone, I was able to take notes of regular prices vs the sale prices I was getting so I could show you a little chart of what I saved.

If you have a large food storage, and eat out of it regularly, most trips to the grocery store consist of buying mainly perishables. I use and rotate my food storage, and for the most part only buy produce at the grocery store. This week, I did what I usually do, I logged onto Deals to Meals to pick out what produce was on sale at stores around the state, and made my list. This video below shows you how I did it. The site has change SLIGHTLY since I made this video, but the steps are still the same, AND they are in more than 12 states, so check it OUT!

In case you don’t like watching videos, or your computer is slow, here’s the summary of how I use Deals to Meals:

  • I sign in and pick my state
  • I choose the best deals from all 12 grocery stores in Utah
  • The items are added into a grocery list
  • I print the grocery list and bring that one paper to Walmart
  • I price match and get the best prices from all 12 stores at one store
  • I pat myself on the back because I save a lot of money with virtually no work!
  • I even sent my husband with the list once… and it WORKED?!?!?

*Check your Walmart for their policies – but it’s worked for me at 3 different Walmarts.
If your store wants the actual ads, use Deals to Meals to do your homework, then just shove all the ads in your purse.

Like I mention on the video, there are a ton more services that Deals to Meals offers, like making meal plans based on sale items, and letting you know which food storage foods are on sale that week to make stocking up even easier.

You can try a FREE 2 week trial and see if it works for you. The savings with only using it 1 time a month are WAY more than worth the $4.95 a month fee. They are also working on becoming National... We’ll keep you posted!

  • Joel Hallet

    Can you use their page for a custom grocery list or do you have to use the meal plan list?

    • Yep you just check which items you want and it will print out just those items!

  • LMD18

    Just as a thought, I think you should all check out what your local farmer’s market or produce stand has to offer as opposed to buying produce at Walmart. My local farmer’s market has every vegetable and fruit I need, it’s 80% locally grown produce, and the prices are always, always lower than anything Walmart ever offers for produce – tomatoes for 99 cents per lb. (as opposed to $1.50-$2), avocados 69 cents each ($1.29 each at Walmart), heads of romaine for $1.50 ($2.99 at Walmart) and so on…and I get everything I need in one store and I don’t have to argue with a cashier or a manager about not having ads from every specific store.

  • Steven Pierce

    I know being frugal is an important thing and I am one hundred percent behind it. However I can not and will not shop at Walmart. Their policies and politics are one of the reasons we find ourselves prepping for bad times.

    • My husband worked for Wal-Mart for several years and so did his mother when she needed a second job. It’s also helped our family a lot when times were tough. So we have no problem with them but we understand that others may have different opinions! This service still works great without using Wal-Mart. You simply will have to go around to the different stores to get the savings. Wal-Mart’s price matching system just makes it quicker because you can do it all in one spot.

  • Lunaaileen

    I was given the website for deals to meals by a Walmart employee. I have used this site with great success at our Walmart in Utah. I did find that you must buy the same for same, so if the price advertized is for each and Walmart only has that item per pound you can not use this advertized special. I have also talked to management to get the store brand for great value brand, I just brought in the ads told management that I would rather use the great value brand as it is better quality, which I find to be true, than go to the advertized store and get their inferior brand. I recieved a hand written letter from management that I still use to substitute great value for store brands that are advertized. You can try this at your local Walmart, each management is very different.

  • does anyone know of stores that price match other than Walmart?

    • Lunaaileen

      A local store use to price match, but they are no longer in business. You need to ask management at each store, then you will know their rules.

  • jody

    questions…On produce…I was just there last night.  On oranges this week on deal to meals they were .99cents a pound.  But Wal-Mart had them so much each.  Some cashiers have a hard time converting that.  Any suggestions?  Same with meat.  Deals to meals will have good deals on meat but sometimes Wal-mart can’t convert it so so much a pound  or can’t put so much a pound if its each. or etc.. Does that make sense?  How do you that?

    • Jody, I’ve found that if I just tell them what it is it works better… so say ,the ad says 4lbs for $1… I say “4lbs, for $1, so that’s 25 cents a pound” It seems like if they know don’t have to think about it, it works pretty easy. They should be able to just weigh those oranges really fast, and put the price per pound in.

  • jody

    FYI:  I know 2 people that work at Wal-mart in managment. I got so frustrated one time when using Deals to Meals (byt the way i love the site) and a Wal-Mart Cashier was giving me hard time and wanted ads.  I didnt’ have the ads.  I had the paper from Deals to Meals. So, this is what they told, my 2 friends in managment.  Wal-marts new policy…is no questions asked when you price match.  (because your doing business with them, they want your business.)  If you have problems ask for a manager and say:  I thought your policy was no questions asked for price matching.  If they are rude to you ask for their District Managers # or call the 1-800 #.  But of course you make sure your following the Wal-Marts rules on price matching. I don’t know all the rules.  I just do deals to meals and I haven’t had a problem since.  I know If its another stores coupon, they won’t take it.  The 10 for 10 Wal-Mart has have done for me.  I buy the 10 and tell the cashier I have to buy 10 to get the deal. The cashier has always done it.  Make sure your always getting the right ounce for ounce or pound for pound.  Be honest. Don’t ruin it for the rest of us.  I know sometimes Wal-mart doesn’t have the ounce or pound to ad match.  Hope that helps!

  • I also agree that this site does not work in my area.  I have used Food on the Table since it does have at least 2 stores in my local area and it’s free.  (Not trying to promote them over Deals to Meals or anything).  I’ve started couponing for my family and to start building up our food storage and my biggest tip for someone who does couponing is to get a copy of the coupon policy (or even Walmart’s price matching policy) and carry it with you.  A lot of times, the cashiers have not been trained the store’s own policy.

  • Jenny

    that site sounds wonderful…can’t use it in my area…the other comment i wanted to make was about the new walmart policy…since the whole extreme couponing has become so popular…walmart has gotten a lot more strict. It says the items have to be Identical…and you HAVE to bring in the ad…and also the store has to be local…meaning within so many miles of the Walmart you are at….

    Now…I have gone to my local Walmart and depending on the cashier…they will sometimes just let me tell them the pricematch location and cost. One cashier was nice enough to explain to me that they get into trouble if they allow too much pricematching…and it does effect the bonuses for the top dogs at each store…so i gathered that they can choose to decline pricematching and are actually encouraged to make it hard on you to use this unique feature they promote or entice you to shop there over other stores.  

    It is still worth the try…just gather your ads and be prepared to stand your ground…also it doesn’t hurt to carry the current Walmart policy in your purse/wallet.   

    I have just truly began my journey on food storage so I still shop at the grocery stores, Sam’s, Walmart, etc.  The one thing i do lately is break the cost down to the unit, ounce or whatever like walmart does…and if it’s cheaper at Sam’s i just go there…as i am trying to stock up…buying in bulk tends to be the way I go more often than not anymore.

    Just want to say thank you Julie & Jodie for all your exhaustive work on each topic…sure makes like a lot easier and keeps my mind from turning to mush as i learn all this!


    • Jenny

      wow…can’t type well it seems…I meant to say *sure makes things a lot easier*

      • YA, for sure check your local Walmart…. I mentioned it’s worked for me at 3 walmarts, but to still check because each one can be different.

        • janice

           I use it here in Texas and have no problems as long as the store that I am price matching is with in a certain distance.

          I also love the fact that deals to meals gives me easy recipes to use

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