Save Money At The Grocery Store.
Would you like save money at the grocery store, but don’t want to use coupons?
It is possible. You can save money at the grocery store without using coupons, by following the tips below. In addition, I have a large list of tips in my eBook, Money In Your Pocket, that are guaranteed to save you tons of cash at the grocery store every time you shop.
Make a shopping list and stick to it.
Before hitting the store, check your local sale flyers and write down the best deals. Try to only buy what is on sale (although this is sometimes not possible, I know!). When you go shopping, only purchase what is on your list – nothing more.
Make a weekly menu.
After you have determined what is on sale at the stores, plan your meals around the sale items. Are ground beef and pork chops on sale? You could add burgers and pork chops to your menu. Oatmeal and cereal on sale? There’s your breakfasts.
Bringing your kids or spouse with you will only lead to unnecessary purchases. If you must bring your kids, make sure that they know you have to stick to your shopping list.
Stock up when things go on sale.
Set aside a certain amount in your budget each month for stocking up on sale items. Then, when items you often use go on sale dirt cheap, stock up. Purchase as many as you can afford, store and use before the item goes bad.
Eat less meat.
Let’s face it, meat can be expensive. Try having at least one meatless meal per week to save money. When you do have meat, try making your other dishes the main course and the meat as the side dish. This will eliminate the need to make a large amount.
Stop buying convenience items.
Grated cheese, chopped garlic, and pre-cut fruits/veggies are all items you should avoid if you want to save money. Spend a bit of time doing those tasks yourself and you will reap the financial rewards.
Buy the store brand.
Store brand items are almost always cheaper than name brand, so try them out if you want to save money at the grocery store. We use store brand canned tomatoes, nuts, spices, baking supplies and many other things and they taste just as good (sometimes better) than the name brand.
Shop around the store.
Produce, meats, dairy and bread are all located around the store. The center aisles are filled with things like chips, pop, cereal, crackers, condiments – and many of those things are not necessary. Shop around the store for the freshest, cheapest foods.
Only buy produce that is in season.
There is always something in season. Check your flyers to see what the cheapest items are (these are usually on the front or back page) – those are the items that are in season. You can also download our free in season produce guide.
Don’t shop when you’re hungry.
Shopping while you are hungry almost always leads to impulse purchases. Impulse buys will just kill your grocery budget, so eat something filling before you head out to go shopping.
Look high and low.
The most expensive items are always placed at eye level. Look on the top and bottom shelves to find cheaper items (and sometimes you will get lucky and find clearance items).
Compare unit prices.
Figure out which size item has the lowest cost per unit – that’s the one you want to buy. Of course, make sure you are actually going to use the whole thing. Saving money on something you just end up throwing away is not actually saving money at all.
There are many ways to save money at the grocery store without using coupons. This is just a small sample of what you can do.
You never want to pay full price if you don’t have to, so experiment with a few of the tips above and see if they work for you.