WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A recent Gallup poll revealed Americans spend about $150 on food each week. NewsChannel 5 and Christie Hardcastle from CredAbility have created the top 5 ways for you to cut your food bill in half.
#1 Watch the register
Money Magazine and Information Week estimate there are $1 billion to $2.5 billion worth of scanner errors.
Instead of getting wrapped up in moving bags around, make sure you're checking the screen. You can even ask your checkout clerk to stop if you have to put your bags in the cart. Some stores like Publix will fully refund the first item rung up incorrectly.
#2 Mobile coupon apps
Some like Yowza are zip code specific. Search for a participating store in your neighborhood and you can use the coupon from your phone. Ibotta is another similar app. Hardcastle said, "They're really pretty easy. A lot of them you can combine with regular, traditional coupons."
#3 Avoid peak days and hours
You'll want to stay away from paydays - that's usually Friday. Government check days, such as social assistance, retirement checks are normally the 1st, 15th and maybe the 31st. Stay away from those days and long holiday weekends. More sale items will be available when it's not so busy so shop on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
#4 Buy in season
Buying food out of season can bump up the price big time. For instance buying an ear of corn can cost as little as 10 cents in season and 10 times more out of season. The Florida Department of Agriculture says in season fruits and vegetables for November include cucumbers, eggplants and avocados.
#5 Check your store circular Plan your meals based on what's for sale. Twenty minutes of planning can equal huge savings. Look for buy-one-get-one-free coupons.
If you can, try not to be too brand loyal, because that's always going to make it a little bit more difficult to save.