12 Ways To Save Money on Groceries

by Pam on April 15, 2009

save money while grocery shoppingEveryone needs to eat, and groceries can be expensive. Try the tips below when you go grocery shopping and you will be surprised at how much you will save each month.

1. Shop at a store that has a reputation for being inexpensive. There are a lot of grocery stores to choose from and they all charge different prices, so choose the least expensive one.

2. Before going shopping check out the flyer and see what is on sale. Make your list according to the sales so you will know what to be watching for. Cut out coupons that you plan to use.

3. If you are really organized, plan your meals for the week ahead of time so that you only buy what you will need for your menu. If you are like me, and just can’t fathom planning a whole week’s menu ahead of time, just be sure to buy foods that you are sure you will be able to eat before they go bad.

4. Now that you know what is on sale and you have your list and coupons in hand, it’s time to go shopping. Many stores now reward people for bringing their own bags by giving discounts or reward points, so don’t forget to bring along your reusable bags.

5. Buy store brand products instead of the leading brand name products whenever possible. By doing so your money will go a lot further.

6. Make sure to take the time to compare prices to get the biggest bang for your buck. Sometimes the leading brand name products are cheaper than store brands if they are on sale. Don’t rule out any of the items until you have compared them. Oh yeah, and stick to your list to prevent impulse buying.

7. Buy bulk whenever possible as you almost always save money. Spices can be expensive, but if you buy them bulk they cost less than half the price of packaged spices.

8. Stock up on nonperishable items that are on a really good sale but make sure you don’t buy too many of the same item because you don’t want any of it going to waste. Even nonperishable items have expiration dates.

9. Watch out for sale patterns in your grocery store. Lots of stores put the same items on sale every 4 to 6 weeks, so pay attention to your store’s sales and you may never have to buy certain items at regular price again.

10. Limit your grocery shopping to once a week or once every 2 weeks. You will spend less and save yourself a lot of time. We buy our groceries once every 2 weeks and it saves us a lot of money, and although I enjoy grocery shopping, I appreciate the extra free time.

11. Buy fresh produce rather than buying prepackaged salads and stir fry mixes. They may be convenient but they are highly overpriced.

12. Stay alert at the check out and be sure that the prices are correct. You don’t want to be overcharged.

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