Have you noticed how expensive the price of cereal has become? It seems while the prices are getting higher, the boxes are getting smaller. And all the while, your family still craves their daily bowl, and so you wonder if you are going to have to go broke paying for it. Well the good news is, there are plenty of simple ways to save money on cereal! You don’t have to empty out your wallet in order to afford your favorite box or two. In fact, you get even more cereal bang for your buck when you give these money saving tips a try. Take a look below at 7 ways to save on cereal and you will never shop for it the same way again.
1. Give them a “Like”
Visit the Facebook pages of all of your favorite cereal brands and “like” them. When you do, you will have access to printable coupons, promotions, contests, and even free samples. Give them a like and take advantage of all of the savings they have to offer their followers!
2. Visit their web sites
Visit the websites of your favorite cereal brands where you can also take advantage of printable coupons and promotions. While you are there use their simple contact form and send the company a positive and polite email praising their product and requesting any coupons that may be available.
3. Try the generic brand.
Many of your favorite cereals are also made in a generic variety, or store brand. For many of these cereals, you won’t be able to tell a difference. Cereals such as “Crispy Rice” and “Frosted Wheat Squares” taste just like the real thing and can cost as much as $2 less per box.
4. Check your Catalinas
If you buy cereal often, chances are the catalina machine will print off some valuable cereal coupons for you. I have seen some for as much as $1.25 off a box. Be sure to check out the catalina coupons that print off at check out so you can take advantage of any savings you have coming to you.
5. Keep your eyes peeled!
Keeps your eyes peeled for peelie coupons when shopping for cereal (those are coupons that peel directly off the box) or blinkie coupons (the coupons in the little blinking machine next to the cereal) and really save. While your eyes are looking hard, keep an eye out for cereals that have a TMF offer, or a Try Me Free offer on them so you can submit for a refund when the box is empty.
6. Don’t be afraid to stock up
If you find a great deal on cereal, then don’t be afraid to stock up. Many people fear stocking up on cereal, afraid that it will go bad. Cereal will stay fresh for several months, so if you think you will use it in that time, go ahead and grab several boxes. If you can’t use it for cereal, you can use it in your baking.
7. Keep it fresh
Many times cereal is wasted simply because it is not packaged up properly once opened. Buy a heavy duty chip clip and use it to close your cereal when not in use. This will keep it fresh and allow you to use the entire box, getting you more savings for the money spent.
As you can see, saving money on cereal can really be a cinch! Give some of these best ways to save money on cereal a try and see what a difference it makes in your grocery bill.