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Is it just us or does it seem like you’re spending more and more money at the grocery store every time you go? Before you simply accept the itemized receipt for what it is, here are a few inventive ways to save (and maximize the money you do spend) at your favorite supermarkets. 

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The Return Policy at Trader Joe’s

You’re already familiar with the in-store pros of grocery shopping at TJ’s (free samples! budget-friendly cheeses!), but one of the best ways to get the most bang for your buck is through the generous return policy. Say you bought a few frozen entrées in bulk, cooked one for dinner and, ugh, didn’t like the taste. No problem, just take the items—opened or not—back for a full refund. 

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And the One at Aldi, Too

Ditto the Trader Joe’s policy. Aldi actually lets you return items—like those orange cream cookies you thought you’d love, but definitely didn’t—for a full refund, even if you opened them up. And beyond simply getting cash back, you can actually pick out a new sleeve of cookies you do like gratis as a make-good.

RELATED: 8 Aldi Shopping Secrets You Never Knew Existed 

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The Chance to ‘Try Before You Buy’ at Whole Foods

This under-the-radar policy allows you to sample food, from fresh produce to cheese and crackers, to determine whether you like the taste before you shell out any cash. All you have to do is flag down a store employee for help.

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And Double Up on Coupons at Publix

Yep, the beloved supermarket chain of the south has a coupon stacking policy that allows you to combine a manufacturer’s coupon with a Publix coupon or a competitor’s coupon so that you receive double the discount. Not bad.

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The App-Only Savings at Target

Super Targets (aka the ones with all the groceries) are a lifesaver. But to save big, you’ll want to download the store’s Cartwheel app ahead of time. Then, all you have to do is scan the item’s barcode in store to find out about shopping discounts that apply. At checkout, just have the cashier scan your phone to automatically add the savings to your final bill.

RELATED: 6 Target Shopping Perks You Had No Idea Existed

 

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