You can cut the cost of household essentials by 25 percent, 35 percent — even 60 percent — simply by knowing the sometimes-unconventional spots where their prices are lowest. Unlock these shopping secrets to save big, and you might never buy coffee at the grocery store again!
Nab 50 percent savings on hand sanitizer at AutoZone.
Tired of spending up to seven dollars on a small bottle of hand sanitizer that gets used up in a week? Head to your local AutoZone and you can find a gallon jug of hand sanitizer (made with 80 percent ethanol and skin-soothing glycerin) manufactured by the automotive racing fuel company VP Racing Fuels for less than $10 — about 50 percent less than the gallon jugs at Amazon and Walmart. Use it to refill your smaller bottles while saving a bundle. (Or, make your own hand sanitizer at home!)
Spend $40 less on coffee pods at Best Buy.
If you’re among the four in ten folks who use a Keurig coffee maker (we like this one from Amazon), great news: You can save on K-Cup pods by shopping at Best Buy. Not only does the popular electronics chain sell Keurig machines, but they beat their competitors’ prices on the pods. For example, at Amazon, Green Mountain Dark Magic coffee sells for 73 cents per pod, while Best Buy sells it for just 62 cents per pod — a savings of $40 per year if you drink one cup per day. Find a lower price elsewhere? Best Buy will match it!
Save hundreds on garden plants at Etsy.
Etsy is best known for artisans selling handmade crafts. But it’s also where backyard plant enthusiasts and commercial farms sell live plants, flowers, herbs, trees, and shrubs. Even better? You can find and purchase cuttings (for example, for boxwood shrubs, philodendron plants, and succulents) starting at just a dollar. That’s right — one dollar! With summer having just begun, planting a cutting now still gives it plenty of time to grow so you can enjoy a lush garden all season long!
Get 62 percent off cookware at these off-price retailers.
They’re famous for their deep discounts on brand-name clothing and shoes, but at Marshalls and T.J.Maxx, you’ll also find pots, pans, and other cookware from well-known kitchen brands for over 60 percent off. A couple of recent shopping secrets: A Calphalon Easy System nonstick pan that costs $52.48 at Amazon sells for $19.99 at T.J.Maxx — a 62 percent savings. And a Joseph Joseph 8-piece Duo Food Preparation Set that sells for $29.97 at Walmart sells for $19.99 at Marshalls — a 33 percent savings. Since in-store and online inventory can differ, check Marshalls.com and TJMaxx.com for more deals.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.