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15 Tips That Will Help You Save Money on Groceries

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How to Save Money on Groceries

For most families and households, going grocery shopping is a significant expense, especially when there are several mouths to feed. And there is no denying the fact that food prices have soared in recent years. Many families are currently having trouble even affording enough groceries to get through the week.

If you plan your meals for the week and only buy what you need, you can save a lot of money on groceries. Try to avoid buying items you don't need, even if they are on sale. Set a spending limit, create a shopping list, and follow it. Here are 15 grocery-saving tips and tricks to help you save money at the grocery store.

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1. Shop at Multiple Stores

Shopping at multiple grocery stores allows you to take advantage of multiple sales. Check out places you wouldn't normally shop for groceries, like pharmacies or dollar stores. They occasionally have better deals or sales that you won't find at the grocery store. If possible, go to a few stores in one general area and only buy what's on sale. If the store's policy allows it, buy multiple items while they're on sale. This way, you won't have to buy these items again the next time you go shopping.

Before you go shopping, check the flyers to see what's on sale so you can plan your shopping trip. Flipp is a very useful app for your phone that provides flyers for thousands of stores. You can save your favourite stores to make it easier to plan shopping trips and create shopping lists from the flyer items. It's also very useful tool to have while shopping. When you're about to make a purchase in a store, pull out your phone and check the Flipp app to see if it's on sale somewhere else nearby.

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2. Meal Plan and Make a List

Meal planning is a great way to save money on groceries. Make a list of the ingredients you'll need for the week's meals ahead of time and choose meals based on the ingredients you already have to save money. This is an excellent way to ensure that you only buy what you actually need, rather than randomly selecting items.

Don't try to plan your dinner while you're out grocery shopping. By doing this, you run the risk of buying ingredients you already own or forgetting to buy the ones you need, which will cost you more money in the end. This could result in another trip to the grocery store and additional spending.

3. Portion and Freeze Meat

Unless you are a vegetarian, meat is probably one of the most expensive items on your shopping list. It's difficult to avoid spending a lot of money on meat (unless you're willing to eat less of it). Buying larger packs of meat on sale is the best way to save the most money. The meat should then be portioned into meal-sized amounts and frozen. Having adequate meat storage in your freezer will help you avoid having to buy it every week at regular price.

To keep meat as fresh as possible, thoroughly seal it and store it in the back of the freezer or the bottom of your deep freezer (if you have one). To properly seal your meat and keep it fresher for longer, use a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer. This vacuum sealer machine works by sucking all the air out of the plastic bag until it is airtight, then sealing it shut with high heat. FoodSaver claims that food preserved in the freezer with the FoodSaver System can last up to three years and still taste fresh, flavorful, and freezer-burn-free.

You can also use large zippered freezer bags if you don't want to invest in a vacuum sealer system. Before freezing, remove as much air as possible from the bags. Any amount of air in the bags can cause freezer burn, which will degrade the meat's quality. Also, make sure your freezer is set to the correct temperature per the manufacturer's instructions. A freezer that is too cold can cause freezer burn, while a freezer that is too warm can cause the meat to thaw and spoil.

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4. Avoid Frozen Dinners

Frozen dinners can be very convenient, but they can also be very expensive. Adding too many frozen dinners to your shopping cart can add up quickly. Most of these meals are more affordable if you buy the ingredients and make them yourself, especially if you plan your meals ahead and buy ingredients that can be used for more than one meal.

5. Round Up as You Shop

This is a clever way to trick yourself into spending less money on groceries. And a great way to avoid adding items to your shopping cart that you don't need. As you shop, add up the cost of each item but round up the price. For example, if you pick up a $3.49 package of strawberries, mark it down to $4.00. Set a spending limit for yourself or bring only a specific amount of cash. Don't let yourself go over and make sure to bring a calculator or notepad to keep track. You'll be surprised at how quickly everything adds up. When it comes time to pay, it will be much less than you anticipated.

6. Find the Clearance Section

Most grocery stores have a small section for clearance items. It's usually located near the back of the store or near the stockroom. This section usually has a wide variety of items, which can be marked at up to 75% off the regular price. Because stores do not usually place limits on clearance items, this is a good place to stock up on some things. Make sure to check expiry or best before dates and only purchase what you will use.

7. Start Couponing

This is one of the easiest ways to save money on groceries, but most people don't take advantage of it. There are many ways you can get your hands on coupons, including newspapers, flyers, product labels, and even from grocery stores. You can even print your own coupons by visiting websites like coupons.com or the websites of brands like Kraft, Kellogg's, or Nestle. Some websites will ask you to sign up for a mailing list so they can send you coupons via mail or email.

Collect as many coupons as you can and store them in an envelope or folder. Check the expiry dates as well. Some coupons are only valid for a limited time, while others are valid for longer. When you have a good amount of coupons, sort through them and plan a shopping trip to use as many as possible. To avoid overspending, make sure to only use coupons for items you will actually use. Check out the store flyers before you go to see what's on sale. The best way to save money with coupons is to use them on sale items.


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8. Buy Produce in Season

Produce is generally cheaper when it is in season, especially if grown locally—and it also tastes better! Many fruits can be frozen fresh and used in smoothies or baked goods. Berries are great to keep in the freezer for smoothies, pancakes, and muffins. Most vegetables, on the other hand, should be blanched (cooked for a few minutes in boiling water) before freezing, with the exception of tomatoes.

9. Buy in Bulk

Buying in bulk is one of the best ways to save money on groceries. Of course, this will cost you more money upfront, but it will save you more money in the long run. This is because many items are discounted when purchased in bulk. It's an excellent way to stock up on certain items in order to avoid having to buy them again in the near future. Only buy in bulk what you know you'll use. Stick to non-food items like dish soap, toilet paper, laundry detergent, and shampoo. These items will never spoil and will always get used eventually. If you do buy food in bulk, make sure you have a proper way to keep it fresh for a while.

10. Buy Store Brands

You can save lots of money on groceries just by switching to generic store brands. Be mindful of what items you buy and make sure you're not sacrificing too much in quality. Basic items like dry pasta, salt, spices, flour, and baking powder are not likely to have a notable difference in quality when comparing brand-name and generic brands. The only difference is the name on the label.

On the other hand, some items, such as cheese, will have a significant difference in quality when compared to generic brands. Generic and store-brand cheese is sometimes not the best quality. It is usually very soft or crumbly, difficult to cut, and almost impossible to grate, in my experience. This is just one example. Use your judgment to decide what items are worth buying generic and which items are not.

11. Keep the Pantry and Fridge Organized

This essential for keeping your food fresh and avoiding waste. Keep your pantry and fridge reasonably organized, with new items in the back and older items in the front where you can see them. That way, the older items are used up first, before they expire. Do a quick cleanup of the pantry and refrigerator once a week, and check expiry dates. When meal planning, try to use up anything that is about to expire.

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12. Start a Garden

A small garden can save you a lot of money on groceries. Make sure to grow food that you will actually eat. Consider what garden foods can be frozen or canned so you can begin storing some. Tomatoes, for example, can be frozen whole and then used to make tomato sauce. It takes a lot of tomatoes to make a good amount of tomato sauce, so you might not be able to grow them all at once.

If you don't have the space or the right growing conditions for an outdoor garden, you can start one indoors. This is very simple to do with a Hydroponic Smart Growing System, which is a self-watering plant pod system. You can grow cherry tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, strawberries, herbs, and even flowers in a hydroponic growing system. The best part is that your plants can be grown all year!

13. Use Grocery Savings Apps

There are numerous grocery savings apps available for download on your mobile device, but they do not all work the same way. Some apps offer cashback rewards for purchasing specific items, while others reward you for scanning your receipts. It's a good idea to try out a few of these apps to see which ones work best for your shopping habits. To maximize your savings, use multiple grocery apps. The best part is that all of these apps are free! Checkout 51, Ibotta, Shopkick, Fetch Rewards, Coin Out, and Makeena are some good apps that can help you save money on groceries.

14. Store Your Food Properly

This is probably the most obvious and most important way to save money on food. Improper storage of food leads to more waste. This means that you will be buying groceries more often to replace the things you have thrown away. Food waste is something to avoid as much as possible. Storing food properly will not only save you money, but your food will be fresher and taste much better.

Store pantry foods in airtight food storage containers. Cereals, crackers, and cookies don't last long in their original packaging. Putting all of your pantry food in containers may seem like a lot of work, but it will improve the taste of your food and save you money over time. Foods in the refrigerator and freezer should also be kept in airtight containers or wrapped in plastic. Even foods kept in the freezer will spoil if not properly sealed. Also, ensure that your refrigerator and freezer are set to the proper temperature according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

15. Eat Before You Shop

Going grocery shopping on an empty stomach is never a good idea. Being hungry can lead to a very expensive shopping trip. It's best to shop after you have eaten a big meal and even some dessert. If you've already eaten something sweet, you're not going to crave that chocolate cake in the bakery section nearly as much. Grocery shopping on a full stomach is a good way you make sure you stick to your shopping list.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.