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The following 10 tips are ways to save big time on your grocery bill. Some weeks savings will be much larger than others but as you get better at this, you will start to truly notice a difference.
- Make a list of all the meals you will be cooking in the next week. Then list out all the ingredients you need to create these meals. This is the list you will be working with in the following steps.
Shop your own pantry
- Planning ahead is going to be the best way to save on your grocery bill. Grab that list of ingredients you’ve made, go into your pantry and cross off anything you already have. This way you are not spending money that you don’t need to that week.
Do your research.
Take your list of ingredients that you have remaining, and thing of anything else you may NEED. Then you will need to do the following:
- To save money you definitely don’t need to be one of those crazy coupon people we all see on TLC. (Secretly I aspire to try that one day but, until then, I’m going to stick with the basics) I get my coupons from a few different places but mostly from www.dailygrocerycoupon.com/ and the Sunday paper.
- I only cut coupons for things I KNOW I need and use. I’m not trying to create a giant stock pile or things like that yet. Couponing like this isn’t going to save you huge amounts but any savings is better than paying full price!
- Use money saving apps and sites.
- I’m going to do another post on a few of these soon but my favorite apps are Checkout51 and Ibotta. Sites I use are Shop.com and I love Amazon Prime Pantry! All of these take a little time to go through them and pick out what you will be shopping for and I usually get back anywhere from $1.00 to about $4.00 but at least its a little money!
Buy on sale
- A little contradictory to #2 but I guess by saving on #2 you can do this. So it works out. But anyway, buying on sale is going to save you a ton! We have some staple meals that we cook in our house so I am constantly buying the same ingredients. Each week I have my list of what I need for that week but as I am shopping I am also keeping my eyes out for things on sale that I know I use often. For example, my husband likes those stuffed ravioli, pasta in-a-bag things, but they can be a little pricey, so when they are on sale, or I have a coupon, I pick up 2 or 3. That way I’m not ever paying full price for them. (Side note: be wise in doing this. Make sure it isn’t something that will go bad or something that can’t be frozen)
Cook in bulk
- This is something I do every single week. Right now it is just my husband and I in our house. It can be really hard to cook a meal for just 2 people, but thankfully my husband is a HUGE fan of leftovers. I will do some price breakdowns of some of my favorite “cheap” dinners but having leftovers makes that money stretch even further so don’t be afraid to eat the same thing two days in a row. Most of the time whatever I make for dinner gets put in Tupperware and eaten for lunch the next day! Better than having to stop and spend money on unsatisfying fast food!
Don’t shop hungry
- This seems a bit like an old wives tale but its true. You might be tempted to buy something that you wouldn’t normally buy because it sounds good at the time. So grab an apple and a bottle of water before you go shopping. Your bank account will thank you!
- So this is a tough one. I am totally guilty of having “favorites” of certain things but lately I’ve been trying to be a lot more open minded to chosing store brand items. So far, so good! But the opportunity to save a lot of money is in this tip. Sometimes the difference between the exact same item brand vs generic can be 50%, and who doesn’t want to save 50%!!
Limit grocery runs
- Only shop 1 time a week if you can help it. I know sometimes we forget that one thing that we need or something unexpected comes up but its best to just go once. That will prevent buying extra stuff on the second or third trip.
Use loyalty cards/rewards cards.
- This may save you money in one of two ways. Using the stores loyalty card might save you a certain percentage off or added discounts to certain items or you will earn something like a points or cashback system. Personally, I use my store loyalty card for gas points and then if my credit card is giving me extra cashback on groceries that month I use my credit card, get the extra cashback, and pay it off imediately to avoid intrest charges.
- This one is my personal favorite! This will be a learning process for you but test things as you go. Try cheap meals you find on Pintrest to see if they’re a hit for you and your family. Serve breakfast one night a week (eggs & pancakes are cheap!). Try to eat one meatless meal a week. The posibilities are endless!!
Please feel free to share any tips or tricks you have found work for you!I’d love to hear from you!