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Save Money on Groceries: 12 Ways to Spend Less

Are you looking to save money on groceries?  Well, with a little bit of planning, saving money on your groceries each week can become a reality.

Here are some ways to save on your groceries:

1.  Grocery Store Selection

Choosing the right grocery store may mean extra savings for you.

Sometimes going to the grocery store nearest you is your first option.  It’s the store that’s been there for years.  You really do not want to change your routine.

And it’s understandable.

You’re familiar with the store layout.  And you know many of the people that work there.

But are you getting the best deal? That’s the real question you should be asking yourself if trying to save money is your goal.

Let’s be truthful friends. You won’t know unless you visit the other grocery stores. I know it may be hard, but it might be worth it.

Go compare the prices.  See if the other stores offer everyday low prices or great sales.  If so, it’s time to move on.

2.  Coupons

Coupons are one of the easiest ways to save money on groceries.  Although some of us are not pros like the people we see on Extreme Couponing, the savings can still add up.

Sidenote: Have you ever watched an episode of Extreme Couponing and sit there on pins and needles?  Just too invested.  LOL!

But you have to take that first step.  Find the coupons.  Sites such as, RedPlum, and SmartSource can help you with this part along with the Sunday newspaper.

3.  Buy in Bulk

Buy in Bulk, if the price is right.

We all have standard items that we purchase each month.  Tissue, check. Paper towel, check. Trash bags, check. Body wash, check. Cleaning supplies, check.

Sometimes, it can save to buy these items and more in bulk.  Stores like Sam’s Club and Costco caters to this.

For example the Dove Body Wash.  Sam’s Club has a 3 pack for less than $5.47 per bottle for 24oz. At a local competitor, the Dove Body Wash is $5.47 for 1 22oz.

Not only is it bigger size, but you save money.

4.  Stockpile Your Groceries

Stock up! Stock up! Stock up on your groceries when you find an amazing deal.

You may not have been planning to buy the item, but don’t pass up a great deal.  In the long run, you will have the items you need along with some extra money in your pockets.  So buy more when you can.

5.  Grocery Shopping List

How many times have you’ve gone to a grocery store without a shopping list?  And how many times have you picked up items that you didn’t intend to buy?  How many times have you been shocked when the cashier rung up your items and the total was far more than you’ve expected?

Guilty!  But your past mistake does have to continue.  

Before your next trip to the grocery store, create a shopping list. When you go shopping for the groceries, use your list.

Don’t cave in to impulse buying.

Walk up to the register with everything you need and spend the money you planned on spending. When you leave the store, thank yourself. Not only will you have saved money, but a return to the grocery will not be necessary because you bought the stuff you needed.

6.  Plan A Week’s Menu

Knowing what you will eat each day can save you money.  Without a plan, money tends to get spent unnecessarily. Frequent stops are made at fast food restaurants. And lunch is bought daily from the cafeteria at work.

With a weekly meal plan, all this can be reduced.

Planning ahead allows you to purchase the items you need. You can prepare the meals as planned for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can work into your weekly meal plan, days off.

7.  Avoid Pre-Cooked Meals

Are you a fan of pre-cooked meals?  Well, it’s fine unless you consider how you could be saving money just by cooking the meal yourself. Let’s face it.  Usually, the bags are not that big. So, you most likely will not have any leftovers.

By cooking the meal yourself, the portion can be bigger.  You can eat now and save some for later. Just freeze it and when you’re ready for it again, take it out.  Great portion for a reduction of the price.

8.  Shop on a Full Stomach

Grocery shopping and being hungry does not mix. When you’re hungry, everything looks good at that time. Somehow, more stuff ends up in the shopping cart.

No, No, No.  We don’t want that.

Wait to shop when you are full.  This way you won’t be led by your growling stomach to the absolutely delicious cupcakes sitting in the bakery section.

9.  Avoid the Middle Selves

It might sound strange, but avoid the middle selves in stores unless you want to pay a little extra.  You see friends, the items that cost more usually are put on this part of the shelf.  So look up to the top shelves or down to the bottom shelves to see if similar items exist at a better price.

10. Avoid Buying Non-Grocery Items 

I know you want to get everything in the same place.  It saves time.  But does it save money? Non-grocery items tend to cost more at the grocery store.

Why throw away this money?  When planning for your household needs, consider buying items such as lotion, shampoo, deodorant, and pampers from another store.

11.  Generic vs. Brand Name

Have you tried using the generic item vs. a brand name item?  Sometimes, you cannot even taste the difference. So why are you paying more?  For the name?  Skip the brand name.  Purchase the generic. Save yourself some money.

12.  Buy Produce in Season

When out of season, produce prices may considerably go up.  Save money.  Buy produce in season. Check out grocery store weekly ads or go to your local farmer’s market to find in season produce.

These are just a few ways to get started with saving on your grocery bill.  They can really help when “every penny counts”.


What ways will you implement to lower your grocery bill?



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