The average family of four spends $800 on grocery and household products a month.
That’s a lot of money in the big picture of things. You may be spending this amount or a large portion of your pay check on groceries and the price of food is going up.
Let’s face it food is expensive and the larger your family the more you are spending.
Well it is time to change your grocery shopping strategy and SAVE more money on groceries. Cut your grocery bill in half with these 30 great savings tips:
- Grocery shop with a list and stick to your list.
- DO NOT grocery shop while hungry.
- Use a meal plan and base your shopping on this money saving tool.
- Enroll in multiple store loyalty programs and redeem your rewards to free groceries.
- Don’t be store specific about your grocery shopping. Deals are to be had at all stores.
- Cut coupons, print coupons, load your card with coupons. Coupons can add up to great savings.
- Shop online. Order pantry staples online through various websites and get them delivered to your door and save.
- Shop your local dollar store for grocery savings.
- Stockpile on your savings. Most items go on sale every 6 weeks so stock up while you can.
- Eat less meat based meals.
- Stock up and use rice, beans, pasta and other dried foods for your meals and save.
- Eat more homemade meals and less processed foods.
- Buy frozen vegetables and fruits when fresh produce is too expensive.
- Eat what is on sale, base your meal planning on seasonally cheaper foods.
- Buy cheaper cuts of meat and use your slow cooker and marinades to make great meals.
- Shop bulk stores for deals. Note, not everything in a bigger quantity is a deal, shop smart.
- Track your spending.
- Know what you have in your pantry. Being aware is an amazing savings tool.
- Shop store brands and generic brands versus name brands.
- Request free samples from brands you are loyal.
- Submit your mail in rebates.
- Shop your local farmers market.
- Growing a garden can save you amazing amounts of money on produce all year round.
- Buy what is in season and freeze it.
- Barter with your friends, exchange your homemade goods.
- Participate in U-pick or gleaner programs in your area.
- Buy bulk foods and divide and freeze for later use.
- Buy a whole chicken and make 3-4 meals. (For example: roast chicken dinner, chicken soup, chicken wraps, chicken casserole. Your options are endless.)
- Use your left overs. Plan meals around the food you have on hand.
- Check your grocery flyers, shop and compare.
Having a plan when you shop is your greatest savings tool. Set up a meal plan for the week or the month. Look over your weekly flyers and make your shopping list based on your meal plan and the store sales. Load your store loyalty cards with deals, cut your coupons for the foods on your list.
Set aside time to do your grocery shopping when you aren’t in a rush or hungry. Leave the kids at home if you can, this may prevent sugary treats being added to the grocery cart.
Be aware, shop with a cash only grocery envelope and stick to your grocery budget.
If you need to shop around, do not be loyal to a brand or a certain store. Shopping generic and at various stores has saved me $100’s of dollars on groceries.
Applying these 30 great tips can help you decrease your grocery bill and put more money back into your pocket.