Best Day to Buy Groceries


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Did you know that there is a best day to buy groceries? In fact, there is pretty much a best day to buy everything on your shopping list.

At the same time, there is a best time of the year to buy certain products. For example, I’ve written about how August is the best time of the year to buy a new car and how holiday weekends are usually the best days to buy new appliances.

When it comes to buying groceries and other staples for your panty, there are good days to buy groceries and bad days for buying. In fact, in the very near future, I’m going to post an article that goes day-by-day, letting you know which day is the best to buy what. But for now I’m going to address the very items that might be on your holiday grocery list, especially if you’ll be entertaining over the next few months.

What is the Best Day to Buy Groceries?

If you belong to the millennial generation, you’ll be especially interested in these tips on the best days to buy groceries. That’s because I’ve based them on data from Ibotta, the app that gives you cash back for scanning store receipts and barcodes. This information focuses on food items that millennials and hipsters tend to love.

I use Ibotta all the time to get cash back after food shopping at Costco, Walmart or Stop and Shop. You can also use Ibotta in lots of non-grocery purchases, such as from Joann Fabric, Kohl’s and even Amazon. You can get cash back from Ibotta for wine and liquor purchases, too–good to know if you’ll be stocking up for holiday celebrations.

Read my review on the Ibotta app to find out why I believe it is worth using every time you shop.

Millennial Shopping Habits

But back to millennials, their shopping habits and how the information that Ibotta found can help save money when planning your holiday meals this year.

After analyzing more than 65 million purchases made since 2012, Ibotta wanted to identify the best days to save money on the items millennials love the most. For example, when researchers compared the shopping behavior of various age groups, they found that millennials were buying wine at a higher clip than their generational counterparts.

Overall, wine redemptions within the Ibotta app grew more than 80 percent over the last year alone. Millennials purchase rosé 1.3 times more often than non-millennials. The analysis identified the best days to save on rosé and other millennial items.

Scroll down to learn which days of the week are the best to buy groceries for all the millennial and hipster favorites. This list ranges from rosé wine to avocados for avocado toast.

Note: You’ll quickly notice a trend—Sunday is a terrible day to go grocery shopping if you’re hoping to save money. Millennial or not, this is good information to have.

Another of my cash back favorites is Rakuten. Ever wonder what is Rakuten? This review explains exactly how it works.

Best Day to Buy Quinoa

I love quinoa, a healthy, protein-packed substitute for rice as a side dish for so many meals that I make. I usually buy quinoa in bulk from Costco. According to Ibotta, I should be shopping for quinoa on Thursday, when it is 15 percent cheaper than on Monday. So that makes Thursday the best day to buy quinoa.

Best Day to Buy Rosé

Watch out Pinot Grigio; millennials prefer pink rosé wine to any other variety. So they’ll surely want to note that rosé is nine percent cheaper on Wednesday versus Tuesday, the worst day to buy. That means it’s a good idea to plan for your weekend drinks earlier in the week and stock up on wine on Wednesday, the best day to buy rosé.

Best Day to Buy Craft Beer

Everything tastes better when it is made in small batches, right? The same is true with craft beer. And as far as getting the best prices, craft beer is 14 percent cheaper on Thursday versus Sunday. So that means that Thursday is the best day to buy craft beer.

Best Day to Buy Hot Sauce

My husband is a fan of Buffalo chicken wings, served with hot sauce and blue cheese dressing. So what day would I send him to the supermarket to save the most on hot sauce? That would be on Friday or Saturday, the best days to buy hot sauce. That’s when sriracha hot sauce is 11 percent cheaper than shopping on Sunday.

Best Day to Buy Avocados

Avocados are, obviously, a staple for making guacamole and of a Super Bowl party menu. They’re also a hipster favorite for avocado toast. And, according to Ibotta, avocados are 25 percent cheaper on Wednesday vs. Sunday, making Wednesday the best day to buy avocados and Sunday the worst day to buy them.

Best Day to Buy Coffee

Clearly, National Coffee Day is the best day to buy coffee, because it’s often free. But the rest of the year, it turns out that coffee is eight percent cheaper on Wednesday. It’s the most expensive on Sundays. So Wednesday is the best day to buy coffee at the supermarket, and Sunday is the worst day to buy it.

Best Day to Buy Kombucha

What is kombucha? It is a fermented, sometimes fizzy drink made of green or black tea. Many people believe it has health benefits. Here’s what I believe, based on Ibotta data: Kombucha is 16 percent cheaper to buy on Wednesday, making Wednesday the best day to buy kombucha. FYI, Tuesday is the worst day to buy it.

Note to self: do not grocery shop on Sundays anymore! Clearly, it is not the best day to buy anything.

1 thought on “Best Day to Buy Groceries”

  1. This is nuts. I work at a grocery store (Kroger-owned Fry’s in Arizona), and the only way an item is cheaper on a particular day is if it goes on sale. Nothing that isn’t on sale Wednesday isn’t on sale Thursday or Friday either.


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