Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be an extreme couponer with hours and hours of time to clip coupons in order to save money @FoodLion. Use these tips to save – fast and easy-peasy.
#1 Save Money @FoodLion by Signing up for MVP
It’s true that the purpose of loyalty cards is to tie you more closely to a single grocery chain and to track your purchases to be used later for marketing purposes. But we still recommend that you sign up for the loyalty program at every chain where you may shop. You just have to be stalwart and not succumb to marketing techniques that try to lure you into buying things you never really wanted or changing brands and being disappointed. Don’t let your loyalty card control you but take advantage of the perks that fit your lifestyle and save you money. So, to really save money @FoodLion, you will need to sign up. (See Tip # 3 below).
#2 Watch the Shelf Tags
Last year, Food Lion put in place a new three-tier pricing scheme which included weekly “hot sale” items available to holders of its MVP loyalty card, “WOW” prices on key high velocity items and “low prices” on essential items throughout the store. While in the store, you can scan these shelf tags to quickly identify sale items. HOT Sale are the weekly items. WOW prices are extended low prices on staple items and Low Price is just regular everyday low prices.
#3 Use the MVP Savings Center
The Savings Center is now printing out fewer paper coupons and automatically adding many to your MVP card (NO CLIPPING). It takes only 5 minutes to scan your MVP card, check to see if any of the paper coupons fit your shopping that day, and then check the list of auto-loaded coupons. If you notice one you want to use, be sure to add it to your shopping list. I often forget to buy the product by the time I get through the store.
#4 Participate in the Holiday Giveaways
Food Lion usually does a holiday dinner giveaway twice a year (October-November for Thanksgiving and March-April for Easter). Shop 6 out of 8 weeks at Food Lion and spend $40 each week and get a ticket. Turn in six tickets for a free $20 gift card to spend on Food Lion food or merchandise. Of course this only works if you are a regular Food Lion shopper but we stock up on sale items on our regularly purchased items in order to meet the quota.
#5 Stock Up During Store Brand Sales
Sometimes Food Lion has a store brand sale where the more store brand items you buy, the more money you earn back. Sign up for ALL FREE ACCESS at MaxMyShopping and we will let you know when these sales occur.
#6 Watch for the 3-Day Sales
Food Lion often has additional deep discounts on some products for 3 days only (usually Fri, Sat, and Sun). We always indicate that in the Note section of each of these products in our Price Comparison Tool so you can quickly identify them.
#7 Compare Prices Against Other Stores
Most sale items are driven by the manufacturer so when an item is on sale at one grocery chain it is often on sale at others. That is often also the case with meat and produce that carries the store brand label. Some people think that Food Lion sale items will always be less than traditionally more expensive chains but that is simply not true. The only way to be sure you are getting the best price is to compare and save. That’s exactly why MaxMyShopping was created and why we are busily creating our “set-it-and-forget-it” sale price notification service. If you live in the Piedmont Triad and haven’t done so already, you can sign up for the Comparison Tool here. That will also give you first “dibs” on using the sale price notification service when it is completed. That way you will always know when the product goes on sale and where the price is lowest (at Food Lion or somewhere else).
So there you have it. You don’t have to spend a lot of time and energy and you don’t have to clip coupons to save money at Food Lion. Do you have other ways to save money @FoodLion? Comment below and let us know.