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The best grocery shopping hacks for saving money

Stay smart in the store.


Justin Shiels

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Presented by Sam’s Club

Everyone knows that buying in bulk is great for savings, but you can level up that skill with these two shopping hacks. 

Freezing cold discounts

When you’re in the store, keep an eye out for freezer-friendly items that go on sale. These are things you can store for a long time, and take advantage of when the prices dip, saving money over time: 

  • Bacon
  • European style butter
  • Chicken wings

Not all premiums are created equal

Some premium items just aren’t worth the extra price tag. Flour is just flour. As long as it’s got the right protein, go for the store brand. 

If you’re cooking fruit into a recipe, frozen fruit is often cheaper. No need to waste the fresh stuff. And when it comes to cooking with wine, the old adage “Never cook with anything you wouldn’t drink” is malarky. Never spend more than $10 on a bottle you’ll use for pot roast or pan sauce. 

That money you’ll save is better spent on the good stuff, where the flavor and enjoyment really matters. We’re talking chocolate, coconut milk, and ice cream. For these items, go big or go home! 

And while you’re at it, make sure you’re shopping with the Sam’s Club Mastercard, which earns you up to 5% cashback on groceries.** Visit to learn more about the Sam’s Club Mastercard.

**Sam’s Club® Mastercard® cardholders earn Cash Back Rewards on eligible net purchases (less credits, returns, taxes and adjustments) made with their Sam’s Club® Mastercard® account. Rewards percentages depend on the type of purchase made. Cash Back Rewards are not earned on the following purchases or transactions at Sam’s Club or cash advances, tobacco and smoking related products (including electronic cigarettes), prescription purchases, reloading or purchase of prepaid cards, gift cards (including third party gift cards), or any cash equivalents.  Maximum of $5,000 in Cash Back rewards can be earned in a calendar year. Eligible Purchases on multiple Card Accounts for the same Sam’s Club member, including business and personal accounts, will be aggregated in determining the $5,000 maximum Cash Back per year.  Cash back Rewards are issued starting each February for the Cash Back earned during the previous calendar year. Cash back rewards are forfeited if the Sam’s Club® Mastercard® account is not in good standing (i.e., is delinquent) or if the Sam’s Club Membership terminates or lapses. Cash back rewards will be automatically loaded onto your Sam’s Club membership and may be redeemed only at a Sam’s Club location or at See the “How to Earn Cash Back with your Sam’s Club® Mastercard®” rewards program for details. The Sam’s Club Mastercard is issued by Synchrony Bank pursuant to a license by Mastercard International Incorporated. Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated.

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