Are you in sticker-shock over the prices at your local supermarket? Groceries can be one of the biggest recurring expenses for families, with a simple trip to the grocery store costing hundreds of dollars if you’re not careful.
However, the good news is that there are some simple measures that can help you save on groceries. Although, when grocery shopping, the savings tips aren’t always as obvious as you think. So, we compiled a list of some of the top ways to save on groceries to help you out.
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Plan meals around your grocery store’s flyer.
Instead of creating a meal plan off the top of your head, try to plan your meals around what’s on sale at your local store. Find the biggest sales and plan recipes based on those ingredients, as well as what you already have in your pantry or freezer. Try this for a few months, and your food bill should start to shrink considerably.
Make a list.
It’s especially important to create a list before you go grocery shopping. This will not only help you buy items that correspond with your meal plans, but it can also help you avoid buying food that might go to waste. You want to avoid the impulse to overbuy and end up with a cart full of “aspirational” food that you stuff in your freezer and eventually forget about.
A great option is to develop a meal plan to use all of your food purchases over the week before they go bad. Always make a list and, most importantly, stick to it.
Set a budget.
You won’t be able to save money on groceries if you’re not sure how much you’re spending in the first place. Chart out your regular purchases and find out how much you’re spending each month. This way, you’ll be able to set a budget for yourself. Budgeting can also clue you in to when certain products go up in price.
Do a price comparison.
Most of us get in the habit of shopping at the same grocery store on a weekly basis, and we may not even realize that we’re not getting the best deal. One simple way to find the cheapest store around is by keeping track of the items you buy regularly and then shop for them at several different stores. Eventually, one store will come out on top. Make that your new regular shopping destination, and you’ll automatically save money.
Don’t forget to check out discount grocery stores that buy surplus merchandise from the larger grocery chains. They sell the exact same items as the bigger stores, but they sell them at discounted prices. You can save on your grocery bill when buying from the smaller discount stores without sacrificing quality.
Avoid prepared and packaged goods.
It may not be as convenient to prepare your own produce or individual servings of snacks, but convenience comes with a price. Instead of buying pre-cut carrot sticks, celery and other vegies, for instance, buy the whole product and cut them yourself. Typical prices of diced vegetables range from 50 to 75 percent more than their whole counterparts. This goes for meats, as well. You can typically buy a whole chicken cheaper per pound than you can buy the parts. So, unless you are really strapped for time, there’s little reason to pay that premium price.
Purchase products on the top and bottom shelves.
One way grocery stores try to trick you is by placing pricier name-brand items on the shelves at eye-level because those are the products they want you to buy. Check out the lower or higher shelves for similar items that have lower prices and fewer markups. Additionally, those top and bottom shelf products are often larger sizes and offer a lower price-per-unit, whereas the smaller sized, higher price-per-unit products are given prime eye-level placement.
This one is a given, right? Certainly if you have coupons to get a discount on the things you always buy, use them! However, you shouldn’t buy something just because you have a coupon. You won’t save much money on groceries when you’re buying things you don’t need, no matter how great the discount on the coupon.
There you go! These tips and tricks are a great way to start cutting your grocery costs. Rely on these seven money-saving strategies and see how much you can save each week. Don’t forget about the convenience of buying some products online – and in bulk – to save a little extra, too!
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