I went to the grocery over the weekend and noticed yet again that some of the groceries went up again. It seems like groceries have went up about once a month so far this year. I use a grocery app on my I-phone so I can keep track of the groceries I have bought in the past and how much the item was the last time I purchased it. It even keeps track of how much the groceries cost so you will not be surprised.
10 Tips to Save on your groceries
- Use Sales and Coupons
Planning meals around what is on sale can lower your grocery bills, especially if you use coupons. You just need to make sure they are for items you would buy anyway. Sunday newspapers and also online coupon sites are a very good way to get your coupons. It is also a good idea to stock up on staples when they are on sale. Use your freezer to store sale items that can be used at at later date.
2. Buy Produce in Season
Check the food section in your newspaper to find the best buys for the week based on fresh produce in season. If you are a Walmart shopper, they usually do not send out and circulars and may not be available online. You can however do a search and may be able to find the deals on such items or you can just buy your produce at another store where you can see the deals before hand. A good tip on produce is to shop at your local farmers market for great deals.
3. Plan Ahead
Take inventory of what you have on hand so you don’t overbuy. Create a detailed shopping list based on your needs and weekly menu plan and take into account how you plan on using leftovers. If you do not go to the grocery weekly, that is okay. I go every 2 weeks and this month I started making a menu out for the entire month at the beginning, so I know what we are having and I can split up the items between the 2 grocery outings.
You should stick to your grocery list as much as possible to help avoid impulse purchases or costly mistakes. Sometimes, you may have to go off your list if you forgot to put something you really needed on the list.
4. Make Healthy Choices
Eating healthier foods can help you save money. Researchers have found that when families went on weight loss diets, they not only lost weight but reduced their food budgets.
The savings actually came from reducing their portion sizes and from buying fewer of the high-calorie foods that tend to increase the amount spent at the grocery store. People tend to spend a lot on those “extras” which include sodas, bakery items, and chips and of course, they do not have any nutritional value.
5. Waste Not, Want Not
Before you toss perishable food into your grocery cart, you should think about exactly how you’ll use it.. According to The Environmental Protection Agency they estimate that Americans generate roughly 30 million tons of food waste each year. Use your leftover vegetables, poultry, or meat in soups, stews, salads, and casseroles to minimize cost and also demonstrates creativity.
6. Buy Store Brands instead of National Brands
You could save a lot of money by considering the purchase of store brands instead of those pricier national brands. Of course, if you do not like that particular item in the store brand, then purchase your regular brand.
7. Buy and Cook in Bulk
Buy joining a bulk shopping club like Sam’s Club, Costco, or BJ’s can be cost-effective if you frequent the club regularly. Bulk purchases can be a great way to save money as long as they get used. Cooking in bulk can save both money and time as well as preparing food in bulk and freeze it in family-sized portions, which will save time in the kitchen.
8. Plant a Garden
This benefits goes beyond cost savings. There is just nothing better than a summer-fresh tomato from the garden. Start small and see how it goes. You can also freeze and can your harvest as well, so you can enjoy your summers produce all year long.
9. Don’t assume that regular-price items are being entered correctly
The person at the register may not know a pomegranate from a persimmon or they just might have keyed in the wrong thing like lettuce versus butternut squash which is a big price difference.
10. Don’t pay extra for convenience
You may believe it is easier to pick up personal-care products and other non-grocery items at the supermarket, but this stuff can often costs more than it does at a big drugstore chain. I actually buy my items like these at an online green shopping wholesale club that saves me money every month.
So, take some care and time in deciding what to purchase at the grocery store.