25 Tips for Saving Money on Groceries
Saving money on groceries is a good way to trim the family budget and gain better health ... physically and financially.
- Create a food budget and stick to it.
- Never, never, never go to the grocery store hungry. You spend more money on groceries through "impulse" spending when you’re hungry.
- Only go grocery shopping once a week.
- Go shopping by yourself. Other people can become a distraction.
- Organize the pantry. So many times we purchase an item and somehow it gets lost or forgotten in the back of the pantry. Take time to organize. Do an inventory.
- Plan meals at the beginning of the week for the upcoming week.
- Buy the Sunday newspaper for the coupons.
- Use as many coupons as possible. Coordinate coupons with weekly grocery store sales.
- Join all of the grocery store savings clubs.
- Talk to the grocery store manager to find out when perishable products are marked down.
- Comparison shop – price per unit. For a true comparison check the box for the Nutrition Facts to verify that you are truly comparing "apples to apples."
- Create a price list or notebook that tracks prices on items you use most often.
- Stock up on products that go on sale that you like and use alot.
- Buy in bulk and store or freeze into smaller portions.
- Prepare lunches for your household.
- Buy generic medicines and products over name brand products.
- Plant a garden.
- Buy from the local farmers market. Produce is always fresh, it supports the local community, and the prices are usually lower.
- Can, freeze, smoke, cure, or preserve fruits and vegetables bought from the farmer’s market.
- Eat breakfast everyday at home. This takes the temptation out of stopping for a quick donut or muffin.
- Buy different cuts of meat. It can be less expensive to buy a whole chicken and cut it up yourself versus buying the higher priced boneless chicken breasts.
- Don’t buy what you don’t need. Don’t fall for clever marketing strategies that the grocery stores use to get you to buy more than you need. A sale of 3 for $1.00 is not really a sale if you don’t need or use all 3.
- Shop at Dollar stores or local discount stores.
- Double check your receipt to make sure that you have been charged correctly.
- Eat less and drink more water. You may be surprised to learn that most of us exceed the normal intake of calories per day.
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