10 Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store
One of the goals of frugal living is to spend less money. While there are some monthly bills which remain the same month to month (think mortgage or car payment), this isn’t the case with food. When it comes to grocery shopping, there are things we can do to keep our grocery bill as low as possible. Here are some tips from our message board for saving money at the grocery store:
1. Put together a price book. A price book is a homemade book where you keep track of the items you buy, and the prices at different stores. An easy way to make a pricebook is with a spiral notebook. Each page of your notebook is dedicated to one item. For example, the first page may be milk. Under milk you will list stores and their prices for milk. A pricebook is a valuable asset when it comes to grocery shopping. If a store has a sale on peanut butter, your price book will tell you if it is a good deal. If it is a good deal, you know to stock up at that price.
2. Don’t go to the store without a list, and don’t buy anything that isn’t on your list. Keep an ongoing grocery list in a convenient place in your kitchen. As you run out of things, add them to your list. When it is time to shop, you won’t forget anything you need.
3. Take advantage of grocery store sales, and plan your meals around what is on sale.
4. Use coupons only for the items you normally buy. When you are able to combine a doubled or tripled coupon with an item that is on sale, you maximize your savings.
5. Don’t go to the store hungry! You are more apt to buy something you don’t need just because it sounds so good.
6. Try to shop alone. Kids are wonderful at adding things to the cart. It is much easier to say no to yourself than to your children.
7. Cook from scratch. Packaged meals are much easier and take less time, but they cost more. If you have time to cook from scratch you will save more money.
8. Don’t buy boxed cereals. You can make french toast, oatmeal, eggs and toast, pancakes, omeletes, and biscuits for a lot less!
9. Plan on having 3 non-meat meals a week. You can buy pasta, beans and eggs a lot cheaper than meat.
10. Shop at Aldi’s or other discount grocery stores. We cut our weekly grocery bill in half when we switched from our regular grocery store to Aldi’s.
Do you have any tips? Share them in the comments – we’d love to hear them!