How to Save Money on Groceries
The average family’s grocery bill is usually one of the higher numbers on the family budget. There can be an enormous difference in what each family spends on their groceries, depending on many factors, such as whether they buy name brand, more meat, etc.
The good news is that this allows for a large amount of savings if we decide to be frugal with our shopping. Following a few simple tips will have you well on your way to saving a few bucks.
Plan your weekly meals ahead of time
This would avoid you overspending on goods invaluable or missing some ingredients that are needed. This would not just clear your worries but it would also save your time. You can check the specials in store newsletters, and plan your meals around them.
Make a list and stick to it
If it’s not on the list, don’t buy it. When you go around the grocery racks scoping out other items chances are you will be spending more than what you were actually intending to buy.
Coupons that can be found in magazines and online can help you save on money
Cut or print out coupons of the products that you frequently buy. You could also use the coupons of an alternative brand that could save you precious dollars as well. However using a coupon for a product that you don’t at all purchase but are just buying for the sake of the coupon is costing you money and not helping you save.
Shop only once a week or twice a month
In that way, less time will be spent on going to a grocery store and at the same time, chances of overspending will be minimized.
Don’t shop when you’re hungry
When you shop while you are hungry you tend to buy more grocery items than when you do grocery after you have just eaten.
Count on your bill being higher when you bring your spouse or children.
Only buy things you know you’ll use
For example, if your family doesn’t like broccoli, don’t buy broccoli in the hopes that they’ll eat healthier this week.
Buy store brands
Most of the time, it actually is the same product in a different package. Keep your eyes on the items on the bottom shelf where the prices are lower. If you haven’t tried the store brands before, try it our first and if your family is okay with it then you can start using this brand instead.
Save money by buying during sales
Quite often, grocery stores would have some items on special sale that may be sold up to even 90% off. You could save by stocking up on these items. It is very important though to stock up on those items that don’t easily perish or which you think you could consume within the time frame that you will be stocking it up avoiding expiry.
It’s pretty easy to be frugal once you realize how much money you’re actually saving with these simple steps. Keep a log of your grocery bills, so you can see how much of a difference you are making.