Ralphs is closest to my home so when I forget something from Trader Joe’s, Ralphs it is. Here are my six secrets to saving money at Ralphs.
Clearance rack – This is one of the best kept secrets at Ralphs and other grocers. When food nears its “sell by date,” employees move it to a special clearance rack that is often hard to find. But it’s worth seeking out, because items are 50% off or more! At my local Ralphs, the rack is all the way in the back near the refrigerator section. It tends to have a lot of bread and a few blemished produce. Last time I found whole wheat dinner rolls for $.99. We ate them that night with pasta and they where yummy.
Meat sale – You don’t have to stick to
cheap cuts of meat to save money on groceries. Ralphs also reduces the price of meat when it is close to its “sell by date.” These items won’t be moved to a special section. They’ll be marked with a red sticker that reads reduced. Don’t worry about the taste. As long as the meat is not expired, it should be good. If you don’t intend to eat the meat that same day, freeze it immediately to extend it’s shelf life.
Ralphs Rewards card – The Ralphs rewards card gives you 1 point for every dollar you spend. You can also earn 5 points if you bring your own bags. You’ll earn $5 in reward certificates for the first 500 points and $1 for every $100 after that. Remember to swipe your card to get your points and remind the cashier to give you your bag points. Recently, I earned a $2 coupon for Haagen Dazs ice cream.
Coupons – In L.A., Ralphs doubles coupons up to $1 (check the coupon policy in your area). Every Wednesday we share the best grocery coupon deals at Ralphs so you can get food stuffs for pennies on the dollar – sometimes even for free!
Digital coupons – If you haven’t already, sign up to receive e-coupons tied to your rewards card. These coupons are loaded directly onto your rewards card so all you have to do is remember to swipe your loyalty card at the register. When you buy an item that has a coupon, the dollar off savings automatically ring up. You can load up to 150 coupons at once. Digital coupons cannot be doubled and you are limited to one digital coupon per transaction. These coupons are digital versions of the manufacturer’s coupons that come in the Sunday newspaper, so you cannot combine them with newspaper coupons.