Christmas will be here soon, too soon if you ask me. I have found myself on the verge of pulling my hair out recently. I feel like I’m running all over the place but getting nothing done. So I had to stop and take a deep breath and ask myself why I was so stressed out. Seriously, I’ve hosted Christmas at my house several times before and I still have plenty of time to put everything together.
Well, after a little thinking I realized, money was the reason I almost pulled my hair out and by running all over the place and getting nothing done I was making things harder on myself and was not being a savvy spender. Sheesh, I’m glad I took the time to stop, collect myself, and figure out what was creating the stress. I have stopped trying to do everything at once because I get nothing done when I’m like that. Plus, I don’t enjoy being around me I know my family will not want to drive hours to come to see me stressed out and snappy.
So what did I do to combat my financial stress and save money this holiday season? And, before we get started I have some tips that will save you money on your Christmas gifts because in all reality I don’t see myself finding much savings on the gifts I have left to purchase. So I will focus on saving money at my local Food Lion this holiday season and beyond because let’s face it whether you go to Food Lion to grab something for dinner or you need shampoo and conditioner there is some serious savings to take advantage of, especially with their new CareOne brand products.
Tips To Help Save Money This Holiday Season At Food Lion
One, two, three plan and create your holiday shopping list! Oh and don’t forget the personal care or healthcare products you might need!
took me a while to plan my trip to the grocery store. I could kick myself for all those times I left my list at home and didn’t go back and grab it. You can save money going to Food Lion prepared and with a list, it’s horrible it’s taken me this long to figure that out. Dang it, yet another thing my mother was right about. I should have to her better because she also used to tell me I was crazy for going grocery stopping one place and getting personal care items other places if I could just grab them all in one trip. Well, yes mom was was right again! Whether I need band-aids or sinus medicine, it’s so much easier to grab everything when I go to Food Lion.
Check your inventory
Before you head out the door, be sure to check your stock! Look in the pantry and freezer to make sure you can skip purchasing what you already have.
Leave the kids at home. Seriously, mine sneak extra band-aids into the cart!
Not only will this help with your sanity, but it will also help you stick to your list and only get things you need. Sheesh, my youngest daughter is a band-aid aholic. Yes, you see that CareOne Bandaid on her arm, there isn’t even a cut under there so I made her let me take a picture to share with you. Man, I love my kids! They might sneak CareOne Bandaids into the cart when I’m not looking but I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world.
In reality, my daughter is doing me a favor. She already knows how fast we run out of band-aids because she uses them all. I mean she didn’t know I was budgeting, and she is probably saving me a trip to the store, anyway. However, I still suggest sneaking out to do your shopping without them if you are planning on saving money at the grocery store. I’m loving CareOne products and you can learn more too!
I’ll get on my computer or smartphone to check out the weekly specials. This time of year they are awesome! You can save money on stuff you need for dinner, all the CareOne healthcare and personal care items you need and score some great savings on everything you need for your holiday gathering.
Create a weekly, biweekly, or monthly meal plan using the savings from the weekly ad. Don’t forget to look for items you’ll need for the holidays too.
Checking out the weekly specials helps me with my meal planning. If I want to save money at the grocery store, I find the items on sale for great prices and plan my meals based on the items with great savings. This doesn’t just help me with my meal planning, I save some serious money grocery shopping this way.
Really, we should be loyal shoppers. Just like in life, it pays off to be a loyal Food Lion shopper.
Most stores have some rewards program you can join, like Food Lion’s Shop & Earn MVP monthly rewards program. With the Shop & Earn MVP monthly rewards program I get MVP pricing on items my family likes, MVP digital coupons I can load to my MVP card, and all I have to do is scan my MVP card at a checkout to score the savings.
Plus, did you know you can even save money on healthcare and personal care items by purchasing CareOne products exclusively at Food Lion? So be sure to check out all their healthcare and personal care items too especially since you can get the same quality as national brands for less by purchasing CareOne products.
Stick to your list
It can be difficult but if you want to save money at the grocery store, you will make yourself stick to your list. You created your list for a reason, so use it. Yet another reason we should keep the kids at home.
Download the Food Lion Mobile App
The Food Lion app makes shopping and saving easier than ever before! You can use the Food Lion app for things like:
- Planning meals using their recipe finder.
- Create a shopping list
- Check out the weekly flyer.
- Coupons are easier than ever before! Just search, clip and load the coupons to your MVP card.
- View items by aisle to stick to your list.
- Update your lists as you add items to your basket.
Don’t knock exclusive store brands
Most store brands are great and can save you money at the grocery store, on more than just food too. Yes, I can’t speak for every store but I know you can score savings on healthcare and personal care products at Food Lion with their CareOne brand.
You can purchase CareOne products which are available only at Food Lion and have the same active ingredients, performance, and quality as the National Brands, for less. CareOne is my go-to brand for healthcare and personal care products when I’m shopping at Food Lion. CareOne offers moms like me an array of clinical healthcare and personal care items deliver the same efficacy and quality as national brands, but for a lower price.
Did you know CareOne is endorsed by pharmacists and affordable? Yes, CareOne is the one brand to provide clinical solutions for all the everyday healthcare needs for my family. The fact I can find it at my local grocery store makes life a little easier. Oh, and all private brand items have a double your money-back guarantee.
If you are a Food Lion shopper, you can feel confident when you select CareOne products in the health and personal care aisle.
What are your plans for the holidays and how will you be saving money?