If you’re ready to learn how to save money on groceries, then you’re in the right place! Groceries will always be in your budget. You need to eat to survive, so there’s no way you can completely get rid of it… BUT you can decrease the bill significantly.
The average family of four spends around $800 per month on food and beverages, which is just under $10,000 per year! That’s a lot of money, right?
Well here’s another statistic that will blow your mind – According to this study, Americans throw away approximately 25% of the food they buy.
Taking into account that the average household is wasting 25% of the food they buy, and most likely aren’t taking steps to reduce their grocery bill, there’s some room to squeeze the grocery budget a little thinner.
Here’s an example:
If you’re spending $10,000 of groceries per year, and you’re wasting an average of 25% of that food. That’s $2,500 every year gone… forever.
Tightening your belt around food wastage is only a small part of how you can save money on groceries. You may be able to save even more money on your groceries with tips below!
It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s taken me years to improve my grocery shopping, and I still believe I can improve more.
Balancing a healthy nutritious diet with a strict grocery budget can be difficult, but it’s not impossible.
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How To Save Money On Groceries.
1. Check The Pantry Before Writing Your Grocery List.
The grocery store checks their stock before ordering more to ensure they have minimal losses on wasted food.
It’s a good idea to check what supplies you have so that you don’t double up and spend more than you need to.
How long has it been since you ventured into the deep dark corners of the pantry? There might be half a week’s worth of groceries that you can save money on back there.
2. Shop With A Grocery List.
Unless you have a photographic memory and have snapped a shot of what you need for this weeks grocery list, don’t ever go shopping without a grocery list.
Whenever I accidentally forget my list I either overspend, end up with stuff that I don’t need, or don’t end up with stuff I do need. It’s a lose-lose situation.
Don’t let yourself be in this situation. Always shop with a grocery list and you’ll save yourself some money.
The other benefit of sticking to a list is that you’ll have a better chance of avoiding impulse buying.
3. Meal Prep To Save Money On Groceries.
Meal prepping can help save a ton of money on groceries. I’m no stranger to meal prep, in fact, it takes up around 85% of my meals.
Here’s my guide on How to Meal Prep for the Week – Everything You Need to Get Started.
I outline everything you need to get started and show you exactly how to start meal prep the easiest way possible.
4. Check For Sales.
Grocery stores will always have sales, and you can usually find out what items are on sale by looking through their catalog or searching online.
Be on the lookout for what items go on sale and you can plan your meals around them or stock up on your regular items.
I regularly eat avocados, so when they are marked at a lower price I usually grab some extras and save a few dollars.
Or if the ground beef goes on sale, you can plan some of your meals around it, such as spaghetti bolognese.
Another hack I found was that my local grocery store marked down bakery products towards the end of the day. If bread was on my list I will go shopping later in the day and get a deal.
5. Use Coupons Wherever Possible.
Coupons! Coupons! Coupons! If you’re not using coupons to get discounts, sales, and bonus on your groceries, it’s time to jump on board.
If you have coupons for items that you’re going to buy, use it! So many people don’t even consider coupons or don’t yet know about them.
You can find them almost everywhere including:
- Grocery store apps.
One of the big stores near me prints gas coupons on their receipts too. I use them to get a percentage off my gas bill.
Warning: don’t but something just because you have a coupon for it. Only purchase the item if it was on your list or you need it.
6. Evaluate Your Grocery Options.
When was the last time you went to another grocery store? Every store has its own prices, sales, and products.
It might be worth looking around at other stores taking advantage of their sales, that way you can save some extra money on your groceries.
7. Never, EVER Shop When Hungry.
Never, EVER shop when hungry. Whenever I accidentally go shopping when hungry, I always find myself gravitating towards the baked goods.
It’s a curse! It’s as if my stomach takes control of my body and pushes me towards the unhealthy delicious treats.
You find that you will literally want to eat everything in the store right that second. By not shopping when hungry, you’ll save money on your groceries and reduce impulse purchases.
8. Compare Products.
Have you ever looked at how many brands of canned tomatoes there are? Probably too many, but they all have different prices.
Most of the time you’ll find that home brand products are cheaper in price than name brand products. You can save some money on your groceries by choosing the cheapest brand.
Grocery Shopping Hack: Stores usually put the most expensive items in the middle shelves (eye level for the consumer), and the lower cost items closer to the floor.
9. Go Veggie Once Or Twice A Week.
Here’s a BOLD tip to save money on your groceries if your a meat lover. Try going veggie once or twice a week.
Vegetables work out to be a whole lot cheaper than buying meat, especially if you’re buying at the good quality stuff.
Going vegetables only a couple times per week isn’t going to hurt you. If anything you’ll probably feel good, and most of all your grocery budget will feel GREAT!
10. Double Check Your Receipts.
It’s not often that the cashier makes a mistake, but sometimes they do happen. Items can be scanned twice, or they can be scanned at the wrong price.
I’ve had a few past experiences where I’ve purchased a product on sale only to find out later that I was charged the full amount.
I recommend checking your receipts to make sure you haven’t been charged incorrectly. It’s also good to remember that we’re all human and we all make mistakes.
11. Sign Up For A Loyalty Card.
Some stores have loyalty cards that you can sign up for and get discounts, members-only sales, and earn points.
It doesn’t hurt to sign up to these loyalty programs because you may save 10% or more on your purchases, or earn points and receive gift cards.
I’m signed up to a loyalty program at every store I visit which saves me money on my groceries every week.
12. Shop Online.
Shopping online is one of the best ways to save money on groceries. Here are some of the benefits:
- Save time walking down aisle after aisle.
- There’s no line at the checkout.
- You have access to all the sales on your computer.
- Comparing prices takes seconds.
- You can still use coupons and loyalty cards.
- There’s less risk of impulse buying.
If I have a crazy busy week, I’ll usually shop online and get it delivered to my door, or click and collect at the store.
It saves me a lot of time and money on my groceries, but sometimes I do enjoy walking through the store and picking my own products.
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