We all want to find ways to save money on groceries. The good news is with a little savvy you can reduce your monthly grocery bill – giving you a little extra to go out and buy the latest cool cooking gadget.
- Buy non-brands. Branded products often cost a lot more for the same ingredients.
- Check to make sure your receipts are correct. Don’t get over charged.
- Garden. Create your own food. Seeds are cheap.
- Shop in local grocery stores rather than brand name grocery stores.
- Save your leftovers and either eat them or use them to cook up new dishes.
- Read newspapers and check magazines for discounts and coupons.
- Check the home page of your grocery store to see if they have discounts.
- Try online coupon sites. Sites like coupons.com often have coupons to help you save money.
- Ask your store to match a price if you can find it cheaper elsewhere.
- Send in your rebates. They total to a lot of money over time.
- Stop eating out! Cooking at home saves a lot of money. As an experiment, try tracking your eating out expenses for a month or two to really see how much it costs.
- Create a weekly budget for your weekly groceries. Don’t go over this budget.
- Keep a checklist of everything you need and check off what you have. Use this list to make sure you’re only buying what you need.
- Track your grocery expenses in a spreadsheet. Save your receipts and punch in what you spent into that spreadsheet at the end of every shopping trip.
- Frequent 2 stores instead of 1. Over time, you’ll start to get to know which items are cheaper in which store.
- Plan your grocery shopping weekly, then buy a lot at once. It saves time as well as money on transportation going back and forth to the store.
- Cook a lot at once. Bulk cooking will generally save you money.
- Don’t “emergency cook.” Plan so that you’re not going out to shop for then cook just one meal, as that’s often quite costly.
- Pack your own lunch for work or school. Check out Rachel Ray’s convertible meal carrier – great for adults and kids.
- Never buy frozen foods. Freeze your own cooked foods after cooking foods in bulk.
- Cut out sodas, donuts, etc. These can add a lot to your bottom line.
- Don’t shop when hungry – You’ll tend to over shop when you’re hungry.
- Cut out coffee if possible. A $3 cup of coffee daily costs $90 a month. Get a coffee machine if you absolutely must have caffeine.
- Buy produce in season. This will help you reduce the cost of your produce.
- Subscribe to Valpak and Penny Saver. They’ll often have coupons for groceries.
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