Every week I use strategies to save money at the grocery store. Here are 9 ways to save on your next grocery trip.
Guest Post by Kristen Whirrett of Joyfully Thriving
It’s a common desire. We all want to save money at the grocery store but it often feels overwhelming. It seems to take too much time to figure out the sales and clip the coupons. I’m here to today to share some simple ways to save right away on your next grocery trip.
I have always been a frugal shopper, but I put my skills to work even more since I became a stay-at-home mom and our income was cut in half.
Every week I use strategies to save money at the grocery store. Here are 9 different ways to save on your very next grocery shopping trip.
1. Make a list and stick to it.
The quickest way to save money on your grocery trip is to make a list and only buy what is on your list! This takes time but it is time well spent. Make a paper list or one on your phone. Just make a grocery list with everything you need for the week. If it’s not on your list, don’t buy it.
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2. Plan your meals around the sales.
If chicken and pork are on sale this week, plan your meals around those items. When hamburger goes on sale next week, eat hamburger-based meals. It is a different mindset of meal planning, but a very frugal one to embrace.
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3. Scan through deal match-ups before you shop.
Whether you are a naturally frugal shopper or just learning how to do so, it’s always helpful to have someone else scout out the deals for you. There are entire websites devoted to specific store deals. Do a google search for your local grocery store and see what deal match-up websites you discover.
4. Watch for “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” deals.
This is a simple way to cut your grocery bill in half because you’re getting two items for the price of one. I love when I find these deals because I’m stretching my money even further. Just be sure the product is something your family really will eat or use before you purchase it!
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5. Clip digital coupons.
Most stores have digital coupons that can be loaded to your store loyalty card. I scan through the digital coupons quickly every week before I shop and load any coupons that I want. There’s no worrying about forgetting a deal and the coupons come off instantly when you check out.
6. Compare generic prices to name brands and purchase the lowest priced item.
I try to stock up on grocery items when they are at their lowest prices using this list as a reference.
Oftentimes generic products are cheaper, but you might be surprised! Since name brand items go on sale more than generics, you might find that you can buy a name brand product cheaper than the generic version on some weeks.
7. If you find a really good deal, buy more than you need, but only what you can afford.
If you know you eat a package of noodles every week, why pay full price? When noodles go on sale, buy enough to last you for several weeks of meals and see instant saving. This is a basic premise of stockpiling. Once you get good at buying ahead on sales, you will see your grocery bill drop dramatically.
Here are some more hints on how to start building a stockpile that saves your family money.
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8. Pay in cash.
This limits you to what you can buy when you know you don’t have wiggle room outside of the cash you’ve brought. If you prefer paying with a credit card, consider buying gift cards for each shopping trip which will limit you as well.
9. Start using a coupon app.
There are countless coupon apps available to use today both for smartphone users and regular phones. I recently embraced coupon apps and am amazed at how simple they are to earn money back when you go shopping! In my opinion, this is the best coupon app to use.
Challenge: Buy only what’s on sale for your next grocery trip!
If you want to boost your grocery savings instantly, try implementing the above tips and challenge yourself to buy only what’s on sale next time you shop. Can you do it? Fill in the gaps from your pantry and see how much money you can save.
What is your best grocery store saving tip? How do you save the most money when you are shopping?
Kristen is a frugal stay-at-home mom of two, who works hard to save her family money. She writes at Joyfully Thriving about learning to love her frugal life, as she encourages others to do the same. She loves baking with chocolate, good books, and saving money.