9 Tips For Reducing Your Grocery Bill

by Alli on July 23, 2016

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9 Tips For Reducing Your Grocery BillSaving money at the grocery store checkout is important to all of us, but knowing how to shop smart will help you to save even more money! Here are 9 tips for helping you reduce your grocery bill.

  1. Buy in season – One way to save money on groceries is to buy in season. If you want to buy vegetables that are not in season, see what you can find in the frozen foods section. You may be able to substitute frozen for fresh for additional savings.
  2. Buy canned goods – Buying canned goods can save you money. Canned vegetables, beans, legumes, and soups are great budget stretchers – particularly if you stock up when they’re on a major sale. Canned goods last for a long time, so don’t be afraid to buy twenty cans!
  3. Stock up on dry pasta – Make sure that you purchase some dry pasta (on sale!) since it’s one of the most common (and thriftiest) meals. Dry pasta can be made into a quick spaghetti dinner (with jarred pasta sauce) or even added to homemade soups.
  4. Stock up on dry beans – Dry beans come in many different types, colors, and flavors and they are much cheaper when you buy in bulk. They can be added to rice for a thrifty meal or side dish and are also rich in protein and fiber.
  5. Avoid treats – One way to save money on your grocery bill is to avoid buying treats at the grocery store. Cookies, cakes, pastries, chips, and other sweets aren’t usually a necessity and even on sale, it’s tough to get a great deal. Buy them only if your budget permits or it’s a special occasion.
  6. Use cheaper cuts of meat – Meat purchases are usually the most expensive grocery store purchase. Save money on your grocery bill buy choosing cheaper cuts. A 5 lb roast for two people may cost you 15 dollars or more. That said, it can be used to make a meal AND you’ll have leftovers for sandwiches or stir fry for the next day’s meal. When you compare this to purchasing two steaks for the same $15, you can see that the roast is the thriftier option. Ground turkey and ground chicken are often priced lower that ground beef, so consider those as alternatives.
  7. Buy pre-made dinners (here and there) – I know that this is counter-intuitive, but buying some pre-made foods can save time and money. Lasagna can be a very expensive dinner to make from scratch (depending on your ingredients). Pre-made family sized lasagnas usually run anywhere from $7-$10 . Make it for dinner, use it for lunch, and freeze the rest to use at another time. Shepards Pie, pizza, and egg rolls are other pre-made meal choices that are usually cheaper to buy pre-made than to make yourself.
  8. Use coupons – Another way (and one of my faves!) to save some money at the grocery store checkout is to use coupons. You can find ways to obtain coupons in my Couponing 101 post and additional Couponing Tips here. Every little bit helps and the savings really do add up!
  9. Shop Buy One, Get One Free sales – Take advantage of Buy One, Get One free sales on items that you need to buy regularly. Make sure that you have an idea of what the average retail value is for the product as well as the regularly offered sale price. This type of savings in usually on toiletry items such as shampoo, shaving needs, soaps, toothpaste, etc. Buy One, Get One Free deals are a great way to create or replenish your stockpile. Be sure to use coupons on these deals as well!

There are lots of little ways to cut your grocery bill, but the key is doing one thing at a time. Every tiny bit helps, so start stocking up on the loss leaders in the grocery circular each week, follow the tips here and you’ll see your budget stretch even further. Have other ideas? Let me know!

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