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Have you ever gone to the store with a specific budget in mind to spend on groceries and left blindsided by how much you just forked over? It’s happened to all of us, honestly.
With groceries being a necessity of life – you can guarantee it’ll require a good amount of your monthly income. But it doesn’t have to be a ridiculous amount! Follow any of these 11 money saving tips to slash your grocery bill! And as an added bonus, download my unique and thoughtfully organized free printable template for a successful grocery shopping trip.
Shop Your Pantry First
Before you go out into the world to spend all your money consider shopping your pantry, refrigerator, and cabinets first. Plan
your weekly dinners around what you have by shopping your pantry first. This ensures the food you already have doesn’t spoil.
Try your best to use 2 or 3 ingredients from your pantry for each day you’re shopping. I usually shop for 1 week at a time, so I will often times use at least 14 ingredients from my pantry (excluding seasonings).
The best ingredient to shop for from your home are proteins as that tends to be the most expensive ingredient on your grocery list.
Shop Your Grocery Ad Sales Second
Ads are the next most important thing when it comes to framing your grocery list. If you want to save money on groceries it’s only right to shop the sales before you shop the full priced products.
After you plan your weekly dinners and shop from your pantry for any proteins or ingredients you already have, shop the sales for the rest.
Consider Using The Store Coupons and Manufacturer Coupons with the Sales
In order to really get the most of your dollar, you just have to use coupons. There’s really no getting around it. I think the part people often times overlook is the opportunity to stack coupons (manufacturer or store) with store sales.
Now this, more often than not, happens for other products more than food but it is possible and here is an example:
You found a manufacturer coupon in the newspaper for Ritz Crackers. $1 off 2.
You go to your favorite grocery store and they have a box of Ritz Crackers on sale for $1.99 (originally $2.99).
Now you can purchase the two boxes of Ritz Crackers for $1.99 each and save two dollars or you can STACK your manufacturer coupon and save an additional $1.00. This would make each box of crackers a total of $1.50 each instead of $3.00 each.
Create Recyclable Meals
Try to aim for meals that have flexibility. For example: say you make tacos one day but with the left over toppings (lettuce, tomato, onion, etc.) you make a salad for lunch the next day.
Buy Frozen or Canned Vegetables
I like to save money by purchasing canned and frozen vegetables and you can too! Frozen/Canned vegetables are perfect for stews, soups, and casseroles.
Shop Store Brands
If you’re down to use generic brand food items, go for it! You are likely going save an average of 15-30% in price just by shopping store brands.
Use A Cash Back App
Using Cash Back Apps to save money on groceries is like the icing on the cake.
One of my favorite Cashback Apps is Ibotta. Ibotta is a free cash back rewards and payments app that gives you cash when you shop and pay through the app. The app will pay you cash for buying things you purchase everyday. Purchases like groceries, clothing, electronics, or alcohol from stores like Walmart, Target, Kroger, Save-A-Lot, Amazon, and MANY MORE.
Vacuum Sealers are a Perfect "after-the-fact" Grocery Bill Saver
You save money on meats when you buy your product in bulk and section it off, seal, and store it.
If you don’t already have one, consider grabbing one from Amazon! Vacuum Sealers are one of those kitchen appliances that pay for themselves over time. You’ll be so happy with your investment.
Purchase A Deep Freezer
Deep freezers are necessary when you primarily buy bulk meat and utilize your vacuum sealer from above. They also allow you to double or triple up on things other than meat when the sales are too good to just get one!
One thing to keep in mind (as with any additional appliance) is that your electricity bill will rise slightly. Be sure to incorporate that factor into your additional monthly costs.
Utilize Drive-Ups To Save Money on Your Grocery Bill
Drive-up grocery shopping has honestly become the new normal. I love it because you eliminate the impulse buy opportunity. Another great aspect of grocery shopping online and driving up to receive your order is the high unlikelihood that you will forget something. You can search your pantry, refrigerator, freezer, etc. for what you need/are missing and put it in your virtual cart simultaneously. Win-Win-Win.
Price Match to Save the Most Money On Your Groceries
Most people do not take advantage for this option because of the uncertainty and the fear of holding up the line or being rejected at the cash register.
Price matching is easy but it does require some prep work. You have to compare the prices of all your groceries before you head to the store and take mental note of what you can and will be price matching at the register.
Saving money on your groceries can be done. It definitely takes some prep work but when you implement any, some, or all of these tips….you will be sure to save a nice amount of money from your monthly bill.
Is there something on this list that you have tried that didn’t work for you? Why do you think that is?
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