Six Ways to Spend Less on Groceries

Six Ways to Spend Less on Groceries

How do you spend less on your groceries without simply eating less? Do your research and you can spend less on groceries and save money. Here are several ways how to begin.

1. Plan Your Menus

I cannot emphasize this point enough. Have you ever heard the saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail?” Well, it applies to grocery shopping and menus too. You should plan what your menus weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Sit down and specifically write what you want to eat. This will save you so much time and energy in the long run!

2. Do Your Research

Research the specials of your favorite grocery store and plan your menus based on what’s on sale. If you like two grocery stores, check out both their deals each week and then decide what you want to purchase. For example, if ground beef is on sale, design two menus with ground beef. If shrimp is on sale, design a menu with shrimp!

3. Use the Grocery Store for Groceries

Try to avoid purchasing nongrocery items at a grocery store because more than likely, that item will be overpriced. Yes, it is convenient to pick up contact lens solution, band-aids toothpaste at the grocery store, but more you are doubling your cost. Buy these items elsewhere and you will be saving money.

4. Use Coupons  

Use coupons, but only on things you would use anyway. For example, if you use a .50 off fiber bar coupon, yet you never eat fiber bars, it is a waste of money! When you go through your coupons, only choose those that you will use. If you see a coupon for something that you have been wanting to try, well, then ok, use It but make sure that you actually try it! Buying something you don’t need just because you have a coupon is not necessarily saving money.

5. Check your Receipts

This is not to say that you just automatically distrust the grocery store, but keep in mind that sometimes they do make mistakes. After you have purchased your groceries, look at your receipt to make sure everything is correct. Or, if you are really fast and observant, pay attention to the prices as the cashier scans each item. This way, if you see something doesn’t look right, you can mention it to them.

6. Keep Your Pantry Stocked With “Staples”

A well-stocked pantry can be the difference of eating out or not. With a few “staples,” you can pull together a good meal in a hurry. When you are at the grocery store, check out the staples that you use regularly. Some of these essentials include olive or vegetable oil, flour, pasta, canned beans and ground beef.

 

With these tips, you can save regularly on your grocery bill. Just remember that if you “fail to plan, you plan to fail,” and that applies to menus and groceries too!

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