If you want to save money on groceries, it’s not as difficult as you think. A lot of people think they have to sacrifice what they love, but the reality is that there a few simple things you can do to save money on groceries without adopting austerity tactics for the pantry.
Save Money on Groceries with These 7 Easy Approaches
Saving money on groceries is less difficult than a lot of folks think it is. In fact, when you read these tips, you’ll see that they’re mainly exercising common sense and using what you have to your advantage. That makes it super easy, and that’s the name of the game.
Do a complete inventory of your pantry and freezer every month. If you’re like me, you’re guilty of pushing things to the back of both of these areas as you look for other things. That leads to forgetting what you have. Take a monthly inventory of everything you have to be sure that you don’t buy more of something that you need or that you don’t buy something you don’t need at all!
Use Ads for Meal Planning
One of the best ways to save money on groceries is to plan your meals around the sale ads. Rather than planning out meals for the week and then seeing what ingredients you can save money on, do your best to build meals around what’s on sale for the week. This helps you save money at checkout, and it can also lead to more creative cooking.
Don’t Assume 10 for $10 is Amazing
10 for $10 sales can be great ways to save. They can also be great marketing. If an item is normally $1.05, and it’s on sale for 10 for $10, that’s no deal. It pays to look at the non-sale price. Even if you find a fantastic deal, remember that unless it’s specified, you don’t actually have to buy 10 of the item to get the sale price.
Shopping is a One Person Job
If you want to save money on groceries, never go shopping with more than one person. That is especially true for kids. When you shop in a group, everyone starts grabbing things that they like. This leads to either buying more than you intended, buying items that aren’t on sale, a meltdown in aisle 3, or a combination of all of them. So go alone. This is where I often get caught. It’s so true. One of the kids always adds at least one or two things to the grocery cart. Go alone and save money!
Skip the Middle
Unless you are totally loyal to specific brand, do your shopping high and low, and skip the middle. You want to save money, and companies pay top dollar to place their more expensive items at your eye level and on end caps. Shop from the top and the bottom to find the brands that cost less.
Speaking of brands that cost less, house brands are a great way to save money. For years, people have equated house brands with lower quality, but that just isn’t true. In fact, in my experience, house brands are just as good – and oftentimes better – than name brand items.
Grow Your Own
If you live in a climate with any sort of growing season and you have the time for it, consider a vegetable garden. Not only will you get fresh veggies for a fraction of the price, you’ll be getting quality produce free of the toxic pesticides routinely used on mass produced vegetable farms. You’d pay top dollar for organic produce at the grocery store. So while this last one isn’t exactly easy, it’s less of a headache than you’d think.
Save Money Starting Now
If you want to save money at the grocery store, it’s as simple of following a few easy strategies to make sure you get the most for your money. Starting with knowing what you have and knowing what to look for right down to possibly growing some or all of your own produce, you can save money on groceries, and you can start doing it right now.
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What is your money saving tip?