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5 unexpected ways to save on groceries

The average family spends $1,024 on groceries each month. But you don't have to hoard coupons to save big at the grocery store. A money-saving expert shares his 5 "ridiculous, but effective" ways to save the next time you shop. The next time you load up your cart and shell out the cash for groceries, consider one of these under-the-radar ways to save. "There's some new ways to save on groceries that a lot of people don't know about yet," said pennyhoarder.com editor Kyle Taylor.Taylor shared with FOX 25 his tips that have gone viral. He assures us they really work. "They're actually things I do myself," said Taylor. "So they absolutely do work." 1. Take a picture of your receipts. Rebate apps like Ibotta will give you cash after you purchase items with cash back offers available in our area. Just snap picture of the receipt and get the money through Paypal or on a gift card. 2. Scan your groceries when you get home.Sign up to become a Nielsen homescan family , and the company will send you a scanner. "The main thing they're looking for is your zip code," said Taylor. They need shoppers in different zip codes." If you're selected, Nielsen will reward you with gift points to use on electronics, jewelry, even toys for the kids. 3. Get paid extra to use your coupons.Find coupons on the InboxDollars website, and the company will pay you 10 cents for every coupon you use. All those dimes add up after awhile. Taylor said, "If you're using 10 coupons a week over the course of a year, it might be an extra 50 bucks a month in your pocket."4. Create your own sales circular. On the new website, Pirc, favorite the items you regularly buy, and they'll automatically scan all the offers available in our area and send them to you. Taylor says it's perfect for shoppers who like to price match. 5. Get cash back. Rewards credit cards like the Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard give you 2 points for every dollar you spend on groceries, gas, and utilities and 1 point for every other dollar you spend. But Taylor warns you must use it responsibly. "As long as you pay it off at the end of the month," he said. Taylor's "ridiculous, but effective" money-saving tips won't make you rich, but he reminds shoppers it's the little things that add up over time, eventually making a big impact on your wallet. Critics of these methods say you give up your privacy when you allow these companies to track your purchases. Taylor says it's a personal decision. If you're uncomfortable with it, don't do it.

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