Everyone loves saving money on groceries. But certain categories of groceries just never seem to have good coupons or go on sale very frequently.
I love finding good grocery shopping tactics to use on these types of items and sharing those tips with others. And I’ve recently stumbled on a doozy!
Saving Money on Ethnic Groceries
If you like Thai and Indian food, you can easily save 30% on these ethnic groceries by shopping at World Market. Everyone I’ve mentioned this to has given me a funny look, but for real, World Market does carry a good selection of international foods! :)
If you go in there without coupons, the prices are fairly average or perhaps a little bit higher than the same items at a traditional grocery store. But with only one simple registration, you can get printable World Market coupons delivered right to your inbox.
How Do You Get Printable Coupons for World Market?
All you need to do to get World Market coupons is sign up for their Explorer newsletter. It’s an email newsletter that is delivered to you on a regular basis (The frequency changes sometimes – I think it used to be once a month, then the $10 coupons went away for a while, and now they’re back).
As a World Market Explorer, you will receive promotional emails showcasing the outdoor furniture, food, or other items currently on sale. Every second or third email will announce a printable coupon for $10 off a $30 purchase (excluding alcoholic drinks).
You don’t print the coupon directly from the email; rather, you must log onto the website (worldmarketexplorer.com) to view and print the actual coupon.
$10 off $30 Coupon at World Market – A Good Deal?
If you were to receive an equivalent coupon at a store such as, say, Pier 1, it would be $10 off $30 worth of items you probably didn’t need in the first place. But, at World Market, you can use that $10 toward food purchases. And if you are disciplined enough to actually only buy $30 or so worth of food, you will save an automatic 33% off your grocery bill with that single coupon!
This is where being a lover of ethnic food comes into play. If you like Indian, Thai, or even Japanese food, you can work this deal at World Market to your advantage. World Market carries all the makings of exotic Asian meals, not just prepackaged items.
With the foodstuffs available at World Market, I can whip up an Indian curry dish with rice and chutney or a Thai meal with authentic Tom Kha soup and green curry over rice with bamboo shoots. The only ingredient you can’t get at World Market is the fresh chicken or shrimp to accompany the meal.
More Discounts to Love: $10 Off Rewards for Purchasing Food or Just Being You
Here are two added bonuses that I just found out about:
- $10 Birthday Coupons - When you sign up for the World Market Explorer newsletter, you are asked to give your birth date. Definitely do that! Just by doing this, you will get an extra bonus $10 off (a $10 purchase) during your birthday month.
- $10 Food Rewards - When you accumulate $100 worth of food purchases, you will receive a $10 off reward to use toward a $10 purchase. These food rewards can be used to purchase more food, increasing your grocery savings even more.
By my calculations (using round numbers), if you spend $300 on ten different trips while using your $10 coupons, you will pay only $200 for $300 worth of food. But after every $100 you spend on groceries, you will get a $10 off coupon via email to use against a $10 purchase. If you use that $10 to purchase more groceries, you will have paid $200 for $330 worth of food – a savings of 39%!!
You can also use these $10 discounts to purchase something useful like a small kitchen gadget or mixing bowl in the house wares section. Only a few categories are excluded. On the last $10 off food reward I received, the discount could not be used for alcohol, gift cards, and kitchen electrics.
Act Fast Because $10 Off Coupons Expire Quickly
If you decide to try the World Market Explorer coupon game, just remember that all the coupons and rewards are time-sensitive. Coupons are good for approximately two weeks from date of first available download, and food rewards have similar expiration dates. I’ve forgotten about many coupons; I go to use them only to find that they’ve expired. So what I’ve started doing is printing them out immediately and clipping them in my day planner so I’ll remember to use them before they expire.
At 30%+ off groceries, this is a pretty sweet deal considering the fact that you don’t have to clip a single manufacturer’s coupon.
Warning: Be careful not to exceed $30 by much. They want you to come in the store and buy a bunch of stuff you didn’t plan on buying. What I like to do is buy the items I’ll need to make complete meals, then if I am short $5 or so, I will grab snacks that I know the kids like (such as Snap Pea Crisps). Keep in mind that your bill must be $30 before tax or the coupon won’t work. So, your actual total after tax will have to be approximately $32-33.