Grocery shopping often seems expensive because you're typically buying many items at one time, but ultimately you will save a lot of money by cooking and eating at home. It's easy to rack up your grocery bill too though, especially when you're buying unnecessary items. You also need to be conscious of the prices of the items you are choosing. Often times you can get the same quality product with the generic store brand just depending on what the specific items are. Here are some tips to help you save on grocery shopping!
1. Make a list of everything you need before you go, and STICK TO YOUR LIST.
2. Plan your meals for the week in advance so that you know exactly what you'll need to pick up from the store.
3. It's typically the joke of the grocery store, but seriously do not shop when you are hungry! You will end up buying unnecessary things.
4. Don't buy quick, prepackaged snacks as they are usually pricey and not very good for you anyways. Buy things in bulk and create your own snack packs.
5. Always look for sale items, they always mark down items that only have a couple days left! But only buy them if you are actually going to use them, not just because it is a good deal.
6. Try cutting down your meat intake here and there, meat is typically the most expensive purchase from the grocery store. It's not necessary to have with every single meal.
7. Stay away from pre-packaged convenience food, it's always way more expensive! Take the extra time to cut and prepare your own veggies and things because it will save you a ton of money.
8. Sort through your pantry and fridge at least once a week to make sure you use what you have before you go shopping for more! Americans typically throw out about 25% of their food.
9. Shop around the stores in your area and compare prices on the items that you buy the most to ensure you're getting the best deal.
10. Use coupons! There are apps and websites now that allow you to have access to coupons directly on your phone.
11. Buy produce that is currently in season, you can save up to 30-50% on the price.
12. Buy toiletries and household items like detergent, etc. at the discount stores or buy them in bulk from Costco or Sams Club. They are usually way more expensive at your local grocery store.
12. Look up and down when comparing prices on specific items, they typically put the most expensive items right at eye level.
13. Skip the bottled water and use your fridge at home or invest in a water filtration system.
14. Check for bulk bag selections on things like potatoes because you can often save more than if you buy them individually.
15. Make larger meals so that you can save some and have another meal for lunch the next day instead of buying all of the ingredients for a whole extra dish.
16. Do your research and find out what foods you should actually be buying organic, some produce doesn't make much difference if you buy organic or not such as fruits and veggies with thick skin that you do not eat.
17. Ask for discounts on items that are about to expire that haven't already been marked down.
18. Join a rewards program, you will often receive lower pricing on most of their items and you can receive coupons for future purchases.
19. Shop less frequently! Try to limit trips to the store to one time per week. The more trips you make to the store, the more likely you are to pick up extra things you don't really need.
20. Pay with cash. When you use a credit card you are more likely to spend extra money than if you were to bring a limited amount of cash for your trip!