How many times have you heard that you could save thousands of dollars if you just clipped coupons? While that might be true over a long period of time, there are certain disadvantages to clipping coupons such as the time it takes to do so. Have you ever wondered if there are ways to save money at the grocery store without using coupons? Well, there are plenty of ways! Let’s explore a few of the best money saving tips. How to Save Money at the Grocery Store Without Clipping Coupons You, yes you , can use these methods. Some of them are going to take more time then others, so choose what’s best for your individual situation. Here we go! 1. Look high, look low. Grocery stores hire professional marketers to place their most expensive products in the places you’re most likely to look first. Unknowingly, we fall into their trap by taking the first thing we see without shopping for the best bargain. Many times, expensive goods are placed at eye-level where you’ll most naturally reach. Instead, look high and low. Don’t look eye-level, or you might grab some of the most expensive items they have to sell. Try store brands – you’ll save money! 2. Visit multiple stores. Thankfully, my wife has the amazing ability to remember prices at multiple stores. Perhaps you have the same ability. Shopping at several local grocery stores can save you some money if you have a good grasp on market prices. But don’t forget to strategize your trip, as gas prices might hurt your wallet and shopping around might not be so beneficial after all. 3. Compare cost per unit between items. I’m a fan of Goldfish Crackers. They’re absolutely delicious! So when I saw a bag in front of me I almost grabbed it. But then, down low, was a massive box of the delicious delights. We compared the cost per unit between the box and bag and found that we saved quite a small fortune buying in bulk. You can do this with anything you’re purchasing at the grocery store. In fact, many grocery stores have cost per unit price tags right below the actual price of the item. Look for the fine print – that’s where the cost per unit is typically posted. 4. Close your eyes at the checkout. I know that if I don’t intentionally advert my attention at the checkout line, I’ll be drawn to the chocolate. Just about every grocery store I’ve been to has chocolate right there staring you in the face when you are standing in the checkout line. That tempts me. How about you? The best thing you can do is keep your eyes focused on the card swiper or your own grocery cart. Every little bit of money you save sure adds up! 5. Don’t take the kids! We’ve all heard them: screaming kids in the grocery store asking for the very chocolate we (secretly) want ourselves. Why do we bring our young children to the grocery store? We know that they are also going to be marketed to, so perhaps we should leave them home. Understandably, this isn’t an option all of the time, and the age of your child should be a consideration. 6. Sign up for grocery store memberships or use a cash back debit card. Some grocery stores have memberships that will put “coupon-like” savings right on your membership card. You’ll receive ads in the mail and all you have to do is take your membership card to take advantage of the savings. Another option is to use a cash back debit card. We’ve found that we’re saving over $300 per year using our cash back debit card from PerkStreet Financial . Something to consider! 7. Make a good old fashioned grocery list! That’s right! Making a grocery list is still a great way to save money. Not a fan of pen and paper? Try making the list on your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry device! Whenever you come up with something to add to your grocery list, you’ll have your phone right with you to jot it down – er – type it out! What are some ways that you save money at the grocery store without using coupons? Leave a comment below! Related Articles: 7 Ways to Save Money Grocery Shopping Rising Food Prices: 8 Common Sense Ways to Fight Them! How To Save Money On Groceries – 13 Tips How to save money with coupons John Frainee is a personal ﬁnance writer at TheChristianDollar.com . His goal is to provide biblical ﬁnancial principles that encourage people to live healthier lives. Beyond personal ﬁnance, John enjoys spending time with his wife and two crazy cats, playing a competitive game of Monopoly, and reading just about anything he can get his hands on. You can also ﬁnd him on Twitter and Facebook .