How to Save Money on Your Groceries

29
February

Prices are rising, and groceries are no exception. With prices of even the simplest foods reaching all-time highs, grocery bills can take a big bite out of your budget. Here are some simple tips to save money on your groceries.

Make a grocery list. Planning ahead before you go to the grocery store allows you to stay focused and buy only what you need, and not extra junk food and impulse buys that you don’t need.

Plan your grocery list around sales. Take a look at your grocery store’s latest ad before you plan your list, and plan around what’s on sale.

Clip and use coupons. Find and use coupons to save extra money. Combine manufacturer’s coupons with store sales whenever possible for extra savings.

Plan to use leftovers. You can often use up leftovers, either by eating them, or creatively making them into a new dish. For example, leftover chicken can easily be shredded and incorporated into a pasta dish for a quick, inexpensive meal.

Go grocery shopping no more than once a week. Shopping no more than once a week will keep impulse buys at a minimum and save on gas.

Avoid purchasing frozen and prepackaged meals. Frozen and prepackaged meals are usually much cheaper if you simply buy the ingredients and make them yourself, and they taste better when they’re homemade! If you like the convenience of frozen meals, try making meals ahead of time and freezing them.

Make recipes with inexpensive base ingredients. Beans, in-season fruits and vegetables, eggs, pasta, tuna, and oatmeal are all inexpensive options. Using recipes based around these and other inexpensive ingredients can add up to a lot of savings.

Start a garden. Gardening can save a lot of money on fresh vegetables and fruits. If you live in an area with a summer growing season, you can and freeze fruits and vegetables for use in the winter months. If you live in an apartment or have a small yard, you can start a small box garden on your porch.

Buy non-perishable staples in bulk. If you buy foods that don’t spoil before you can use them, you will save money by buying in bulk. Focusing on staples will ensure that you will use all of what you’re buying.

Freeze extra staple foods. You can freeze things like bread and fresh vegetables so they don’t spoil before you can use them up. Just make sure to use the foods before they get freezer burn.

Use a slow cooker. Modern slow cookers can be set to turn on automatically, so you can make all kinds of different dishes in them. They also allow you to prepare home-cooked meals for a tight schedule, which can save you money.

Cut back on coffee, soft drinks, and bottled water. Switching to filtered water can save you a significant amount of money, and it’s healthier for you.

Shop at a farmer’s market. Farmer’s markets often offer fresh fruits and vegetables at a better price than grocery stores. If you shop near the end of the day, many prices are reduced.

Buy generic brand products. Generic and store-brand products are often identical to name-brand items, at a much lower cost. Give a cheaper brand a try and you may be pleasantly surprised and slightly richer.

This post was written by

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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