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How To Save On Groceries During Quarantine

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Saving money during quarantine has been a little difficult. With stores having some shelves bare, it can be frustrating to shop. Online shopping with pick up and delivery services has become my regular method since we’ve been staying home. Even though our regular way of saving money may be gone, there are still ways to save money.

If you can use digital coupons and cash back with purchases, you may be able to save as much as you normally would. Flexibility is important when your life has changed. To save money, you may have to try new things. I’m on the look-out for ways to shop that I may have not tried until now.

Rakuten has been a favorite of mine for years. I am especially fond of it during the holidays, because I get a Big Fat check for cash back on all of my Christmas shopping. But, there are still ways to get cash back during the quarantine, too.

If you have meals delivered, check out the Grub Hub link on Rakuten. There are great deals for free delivery, discounted delivery, and cash off purchases. On top of that, Rakuten will also give cash back! Save, save, and save!

Ibotta has a wonderful app that helps you save on food, too. If you order meals to be delivered, the app allows you to shop through:

  • Grubhub – get 2% back
  • Groupon – get up to 6% back
  • UberEats – get 2% back
  • Seamless – get 2% back

If you shop in-store, there are tons of stores linked with Ibotta. You can upload your receipt in order to get cash back. The app covers a great selection of name-brand items that you’ll shop for.

TopCashBack offers cash back on hundreds of food stores. Instacart, GrubHub, Costco, and many more are available through this site. You can shop for almost anything that you’ll ever need at TopCashBack.

Amazon/Whole Foods offers free delivery from Whole Foods for Prime members. You’ll need to live in an area that has a Whole Foods store, but this would be great if you did. Amazon Prime Pantry is also available for delivery and is great for those hard-to-find items that you want to purchase.

Thrive Market is a membership service. You can save money on specialty foods, such as Organic, Vegan, GF, and more. There is a 30-day trial period. You have to sign up with a credit card, and if you want to cancel, must do it within the 30 days. If you sign up, you can get up to $10 in shopping credit with a $49. order. Shipping is free for orders over $25. Sign up through my link, and get a 25% discount on your first order. If you purchase a lot of specialty grocery items, this is a membership to consider.

Many local grocery stores are now offering online shopping with delivery services. Make sure to add all the loyalty features available to you. You can add digital coupons and even gas point bonuses at many stores. Shop around your area to find the best deals that you can. And stay safe!

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

24 thoughts on “How To Save On Groceries During Quarantine”

  1. I’ve been using Ibotta for groceries, but didn’t realize I could use it for delivery. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Since I haven’t left home in 7 weeks, I’ve been having my groceries delivered from King Soopers. I am getting points for getting gas when ever I might be driving around again and using their digital coupons.

  3. Things are not as scarce this month, but the prices have sure gone up and stores like Publix have cut their weekly sale ad in half. I stock up on items I need/want when I find great deals and I have made a few swaps over the past few months. I buy whatever good produce I find during my trips to Aldi’s every other week. Definitely love your tips! It’s nice earning cashback through Ibotta. I need to start looking at the app before I go to the store though because sometimes I pass up on something I want and don’t take Ibotta into consideration until I get home and look over my receipt.

    1. It’s a shame that they cut their sales ad in half! Hope Ibotta helps. I forget sometimes and do exactly what you’ve done. It’s hard to remember everything, especially during this pandemic. I don’t think my brain is working as well as it used to. Lol 🙂

  4. Tami Vollenweider

    You are right,at the beginning of the quarantine I seemed to spend more money than normal on groceries! I am all in for saving money! I am going to have to check out Ibotta,seems like something would be worth trying!

  5. I have become a lot more aware of prices and bargains since quarantining with my two younger kids and my twin two year old grandsons occasionally. I find everyone is snacking more than usual.While I’m limiting my visits to the grocery stores I am ordering Amazon Pantry several times a month.I utilize their coupons to save money.I also load Food Lion coupons to my MVP card.I plan to start printing coupons also. I do use cashback sites when I shop online. I love finding clearance online at Walmart etc.

  6. Michael Coovert

    I think we all need help in this area these days. My biggest lesson has been to steer away from buying perishable items. Too many times, things are going unused and then they go bad and have to be thrown away. So if at all possible, I buy only things I absolutely know we are going to use immediately.

  7. Almost a year…. I have graduated to doing pick up rather than delivery. Since I just got my 2nd vaccine, I may get bolder and go INTO the store.

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