Are you tired of overspending at the grocery store? Do you feel like no matter what you do, your grocery bill is always too high? If so, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Millions of Americans struggle to stick to a budget when it comes to groceries. Here are some simple tips that can help you save money next time you’re at the store!
Written by Kylie Ross Sibert
Menu Planning and stick to the shopping list
A prepared shopper saves more because they do not spend more than what they plan to consume. (Don’t go to the store hungry! You’ll definitely end up purchasing more and it will align with your cravings. And if you take the kids, it’s going to be even harder to follow a shopping list!). Sometimes doing BOPIS/curbside pickup can help as you don’t give into temptation and impulse buy! There is also a free app called Cozi that can be used by the whole household as a shared grocery list so you’re buying what is needed and not duplicating any purchases.
Often stores will run BOGO offers
I have found these with coffee creamer (I like to pretend I own my own coffee shop in the mornings with flavors, etc. so I love when I find these). You can freeze them and they thaw out quite nicely.
Old fashioned couponing
Look in the papers as well as online and don’t forget to grab the sale circular at the front of each store upon entering. Or if you have the store app, browse the discounts and click to load the coupons onto your digital loyalty card (see below).
In-Store Loyalty Programs
Make sure you have downloaded or joined where you frequent and get the savings offered on these products.
Buy in Bulk strategically
Don’t buy much of something if it is not something you use a lot just because it’s on sale. Joining a wholesale club can save you money when buying in bulk for a large family. But it’s not for everyone as you have to spend more money upfront even though you may be saving overall. And many clubs charge you membership fees annually.
Cook in Bulk
I have friends who do this for health purposes and they will pre-plan meals, cook on the weekends and freeze and utilize the meals throughout the month – healthy meals ready to thaw and cook so you aren’t purchasing in a hurry or eating unhealthy due to time constraints.
Avoid pre-packaged items
Buying pre-cut fruit and veggies or pre-shredded cheese may save you time but stores often charge more for the convenience. Opt for whole items and you can even save a little more sometimes by buying frozen vs fresh as often fresh goes off before you get a chance to use it.
Buy generic brands
Name brand items pay for the privilege of putting their products at eye level which tempts you to pay more on high-cost items. But if you look at the top or bottom shelves, you can often find generic brands, like the store’s own brand, that are cheaper and often taste just as good.
Different stores have different prices and quality
If you live near a couple of different grocery stores, you probably know what is good quality, who has the best prices and the most sales. If it’s not too much hassle, you may want to split your grocery list between stores to save money.
Pay with a grocery rewards card and get cashback with a rebate app
By using a grocery rewards credit/debit card, you can earn rewards that can be used to offset your bill. eg cash back, statement credits, rewards points, that you can use towards travel, etc. Also use a rebate app such as Ibotta or Rakuten that gives you cashback for buying groceries, or one of many grocery savings apps that identify sales as they hit in stores you shop at (as you shop!), in addition to loyalty benefits and credit card rewards.
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