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.

  1. Create a food budget and stick to it.
  2. Never, never, never go to the grocery store hungry. You spend more money on groceries through "impulse" spending when you’re hungry.
  3. Only go grocery shopping once a week.
  4. Go shopping by yourself. Other people can become a distraction.
  5. 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.
  6. Plan meals at the beginning of the week for the upcoming week.
  7. Buy the Sunday newspaper for the coupons.
  8. Use as many coupons as possible. Coordinate coupons with weekly grocery store sales.
  9. Join all of the grocery store savings clubs.
  10. Talk to the grocery store manager to find out when perishable products are marked down.
  11. 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."
  12. Create a price list or notebook that tracks prices on items you use most often.
  13. Stock up on products that go on sale that you like and use alot.
  14. Buy in bulk and store or freeze into smaller portions.
  15. Prepare lunches for your household.
  16. Buy generic medicines and products over name brand products.
  17. Plant a garden.
  18. Buy from the local farmers market. Produce is always fresh, it supports the local community, and the prices are usually lower.
  19. Can, freeze, smoke, cure, or preserve fruits and vegetables bought from the farmer’s market.
  20. Eat breakfast everyday at home. This takes the temptation out of stopping for a quick donut or muffin.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Shop at Dollar stores or local discount stores.
  24. Double check your receipt to make sure that you have been charged correctly.
  25. 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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