Cutting Grocery Costs


As you may know, groceries are a very important part of the monthly monetary budget. Food is what gives us fuel and keeps us going so that we can continue to do our jobs and uphold our households. While they are very important, they are also very expensive as well. There are some things that you can do to cut the rising cost of groceries down considerably from what you are spending now, and with the right knowledge and a bit of patience, you may find yourself saving hundreds if not thousands per year on groceries.

One very important step that many people fail to take when grocery shopping is the list. The list is very important for many reasons. It gives you ideas of what you will need and for how long, it keeps you on track and discourages you from buying other more expensive items that you don’t need for your meals, and it helps you get an idea of recipes you can make with the things on your list. It is also very important that you do not deviate from your list. It is okay however to make a “loose list”. A loose list is one that you will make that has different categories on it. This will allow you to make minor changes depending on what’s on sale. For example, if you were planning on making roast and mashed potatoes for dinner one night but there is a really awesome deal on chicken legs, you can substitute and have chicken and mashed potatoes for dinner.

Coupons are a very important part of grocery shopping. Go through your circulars and see what’s on sale. If you have a particular grocery store that you shop at, you probably know what types of sales they have. You can also go online and look for printable coupons. These will save you a lot of money and time at the store and can give some great discounts. It should also be known that you can often times double up on coupons. A lot of times there will be a store coupon and a manufacturers coupon, and you can mix the two together to get the best discount.

Buying in bulk is a great way to cut costs. If you know that you eat green beans every night for dinner, try getting a case of them from a warehouse type grocery store like Costco or Sam’s Club. They usually have very good prices on large quantity items and can save you a ton of money throughout the year. Some of these stores require a yearly membership, but the prices are usually quite minimal, with say a $50 per year annual membership cost. This will still save you lots of money in the long run. If you use your membership often enough, that $50 fee will pay for itself in no time.

When you are grocery shopping, pay special attention to the per unit prices listed on the item tag. Many people overlook this and go straight to the price on the jar. For example, one might assume that the smaller jar of peanut butter is a better deal because it is $2.99 while the bigger jar is $4.99. The problem is that they fail to look at the price per unit. For example, the smaller jar may have a price per unit of $1.00 per ounce, while the larger jar has a price per unit of $.50 per ounce. The bigger jar is clearly the better deal, as you are spending a little bit more up front and saving money in the long run.

Buy only what you need. So many people forget to think of the waste factor when grocery shopping. If you ask yourself if it will get used and you picture yourself throwing the whole thing away in two weeks because it sat in the refrigerator and got moldy, you probably shouldn’t buy it. Why pay for something you aren’t going to use? This takes up money and landfill space.

Grocery shopping does not have to be terribly difficult or expensive. With a little bit of patience and effort, it can be an enjoyable experience for your sanity as well as your pocketbook.

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jason – who has written posts on Budget Clowns.
Father of three and married to a lovely women. Always looking for ways to save money, and invest it properly for my children's future.

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