Easy Ways to Save Money on Groceries
Is saving money one of your New Year’s resolutions? Here are 10 easy ways to save money on groceries. Reducing what you spend on groceries can make a HUGE impact on your budget. Saving money on groceries doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some easy ways to save BIG on your groceries in under an hour a week. You realistically can save 50% off your groceries by following theses easy money saving tips. Don’t worry it isn’t just cutting coupons so you can save money on fresh healthy food too!
Learn How To Save On Groceries
1. Sensibly Stockpile – When items are on sale buy enough to last for about a month. (unless perishable) This enables you to never pay full price. This is a change in mindset for more people but you will see a HUGE impact on your grocery bill with this small change in shopping habits.
This tip works especially well for meats. You can freeze your sale priced meat and use it for meals throughout the month and you won’t have to buy any at full price! Meats not on sale can cost $3 or more a pound than sale meats. If you want to really stock up, I love Zaycon foods. I buy boneless skinless chicken breast from them at stock up prices. Plus this chicken is 100% natural with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients. I then can cross off find chicken at a stock up price off my list for a few months since I know my freezer is full. This saves my time and money!
2. Easily Find Weekly Sale Prices and Coupons That Will Save Even More – Use the Favado Smart Phone App and to help you find coupons and determine which items are on sale this week at the grocery store. The app will even alert you went your favorites are on sale and you can search across grocery stores for the best price on items you need. Items marked with a star are the best deals on the week.
3. Meal Plan Around Items in Your Stockpile and What is on Sale. Did you find a great price on chicken? Be sure to plan some chicken meals. Did you get 5 boxes of almost free pasta last week? You will need to plan some meals with pasta. This strategy is especially true for produce since you can not stockpile because of spoiling. Be sure to look at produce on sale and use this in your meal plan. Another great positive of a meal plan is that you will be sure to use the groceries you buy and not let them go to waste. Meal planning is one of the easiest ways to save money on groceries plus save on the stress of coming up with dinner ideas each day!
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4. Use Less Meat & Other Higher Priced Ingredients – Consider a few meals in a week without meat. This will save you money. Also, when you have meals with meat consider proper portions sizes. It will help your meat go farther. When I buy large boneless skinless chicken breast, I cut it into thirds and each person gets just a one-third portion.
5. Shop at Value Grocery Stores like Aldi – Aldi has great everyday prices on basics like milk, eggs and spices. They also have great produce specials each week. Here are some of the reasons I love to shop at Aldi and you should too.
6. Limit Brand Loyalty – Name-brand items tend to be more expensive unless you have a great coupon. Be sure to consider house brands and other name brands. These are usually placed on lower or higher shelves. So be sure to look up and down when grocery shopping. The most expensive items are right at eye level.
7. Check Unit Price – Most people think that if they buy the larger item that they are getting a better deal. This is often not the case. Be sure to always check the unit price when shopping.
8. Avoid Buying Prepared and Packaged Goods – You are almost always going to pay more when the store does the work for you. Wash and cut your own veggies and you can save.
9. Search Grocery Coupon Database – Wondering if one of the products you need has coupon? Use our grocery coupon database to check for coupons for all the items on your list. It includes food coupons and printable manufacturer coupons. Spending just a few minutes using the database to search for coupon can help a bunch. Be sure to bookmark the grocery coupon database and check it each time before shop. You can search for a brand name or just a general item like cereal or mustard.
10. Use Smart Phone Apps and Digital coupons – You can save even more by using smart phone apps and digital coupons. Two of my favorites are Checkout 51 (no smartphone required) and Ibotta. Each often have rebates on milk and produce!!! You also can get digital coupons for your favorite store. Locally, Kroger has digital coupons and Meijer offers the Mperks program. I also love to save at Target with Cartwheel and text coupons.
The most important thing to remember when using all these tips is to Make a Plan and Stick to It! This makes it easy to save money on groceries.
Grocery stores use all kind of marketing tricks to try and get you to spend more. Be sure to do your research and check the grocery coupon database to get your coupons.
If you use this grocery list along with a meal plan, you can save 50% or more or groceries. You will be amazed at how much you can save in under an hour a week.
Looking for more tips on how to save money on groceries? Check out our grocery saving video series here.
Do you need even more help? My friend Erin teaches an amazing online class that give you
- 10 weeks of instructional and informational videos – These will help you reframe your thoughts, teach you cool new strategies plus it will feel like we’re sitting together in my kitchen chatting about what changes you need to make.
- 10 weeks of worksheets and printable resources – You can’t make changes in any area of your life or complete a successful makeover without a little bit of work. The worksheets (combined with the videos) will be your lifeline through the makeover. They will help you identify areas to improve and what changes you could start making in this journey.
- Cooking demo videos – Every couple weeks, she will share a cooking demo of a recipe related to that week’s lesson.
This class though is only available through midnight EST on January 11th, 2016.
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