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21 SIMPLE GROCERY SHOPPING TIPS TO SAVE MONEY
How much attention have you paid to your grocery bill lately? Chances are you have NO idea how much you actually spend on groceries each month.
Grocery shopping is a must for all households and can quickly add up to one of the most expensive monthly bills you have. But there are ways to track your grocery spending and make it more affordable.
Here are 21 tips to help you save money on groceries:
MAKE GOOD CHOICES
- Never shop on an empty stomach! Everything will look delicious and you will buy end up buying everything you don’t need.
- Make a list and stick to it! Don’t buy anything other than the necessities you have listed.
- Meal planning is your friend here mama! Try to plan out your meals for the week and purchase only what you need to make those meals.
- Shop once a week. This is where your list comes in handy. If you tend to stop at the store every day for 2 -3 items, not only are you wasting time, you are probably wasting money as well.
- If you use a lot of bottles or cans, cash in on them. It may not be much money but every little bit counts right?
- Leftovers are my jam! If possible, plan your meals and fix enough so that you have leftovers for the next day. If you normally cook 5 days a week, you can easily cut that to 2-3 days a week if you plan for leftovers! We could all use more time in our day right?
- Stay away from pre-packaged snacks. Packing your own snacks is healthier and can save you a ton of money.
- Buy fresh produce whenever you can. Canned foods are less healthy and more expensive because of the convenience factor. Buy a block of cheese and shred it yourself. If you buy a head of lettuce you can shred it yourself too.
- Clean your fridge, freezer and pantry at least once a month. I normally clean mine once every 2 weeks. This way you know what you have and what you need more of when you make your grocery list.
- Organize, organize, organize! If you cannot find what you already have, you will end up buying more of the same. I was guilty of this not too long ago! I still have 6 bottles of Taco Bell sauce to use up! Don’t be like me!
- Buy large packs of meat and break them down into smaller freezer packs, I use this vacuum sealer and it works wonders for keeping my meat fresh.
- Wash and cut vegetables once a week. This tip really helps to cut down on prep time when cooking.
STICK TO YOUR BUDGET!
- Try not to snack on the run. They are expensive and unhealthy! Instead, opt for packing your own snacks, much healthier and less expensive!
- Keep a calculator with you or use the one on your smartphone. Add everything up as you add it to your cart, it will help you stick to your budget.
- Buy items such as: tampons, pads, detergent, soap, toilet paper, paper towels, etc in bulk. These items have virtually no shelf life and great for stocking up on when on sale.
- Buy only what you need! Just because broccoli is 10 bags for $2.00 doesn’t mean you need 10 bags. You will end up tossing it before you ever use it.
- Do price comparisons and shop around for discounts. Use an app like Ibotta to help you save money
- Don’t forget that many generic brands are brand name companies, just different labeling. Don’t overlook these! You’d be surprised at how much money you can save when you stop buying brand names!