15 Ways to Save on Groceries

Food expenses can be the easiest place to cut back when money gets tight.  If you don’t already know how to cook, take the time to learn – this one tip will save you a huge amount of money over eating out over the years.  Here are a few cost-cutting strategies:

  1. Plan your meals around whatever is on sale.  Don’t buy anything at full price.
  2. When an item you use regularly hits its lowest price, stock up.  For the most savings keep a record of the lowest prices for these items so you will know when the price hits bottom.
  3. Use coupons.  Combine coupons and sales and get items free or almost free.  Compare price after coupon to store brands.  Many store brands are the same quality as name brand.bagsofgroceries
  4. The best place to get coupons is the Sunday paper.  If a particular Sunday has really great coupons it might pay off to buy several papers.
  5. Maximize savings each week by shopping the sales at several stores.  Combine these trips with other errands or on your way home from work to save gas.  Some stores will match prices with other stores if you only want to go to one store.  Walmart does this.
  6. Shop Amazon’s grocery section – Many of their prices are very competitive and ship free to your door with an order of $25 or more.
  7. Eat more vegetarian meals.  Or cut the meat in your recipes in half. This works well for stir-fries, casseroles and pasta dishes.  Less meat is good for your health and your wallet.  Harmony House Foods sells excellent TVP in several different flavors as a less expensive and healthy alternative to meat.
  8. Cook enough each night to have leftovers to take to work for lunch the next day.  Cuts down on temptation to eat out.
  9. Don’t buy drinks.  Learn to love drinking water.  Much better for you, free and no calories.  If you have bad-tasting water, get an inexpensive filter.
  10. Look closely at grocery store shelves.  The most expensive items are at eye-level.  Learn to look at the top and the bottom shelves first.  Also, the healthier less-expensive foods are usually around the edges of a grocery store while the processed expensive foods are in the middle aisles.
  11. Shop ethnic grocery stores.   Huge bags of rice or dried beans can be had for pennies a pound at some Asian or Hispanic stores.
  12. Don’t buy non-grocery items at the grocery.  Buy shampoo, toothpaste, and over-the-counter medicines at the dollar store.
  13. If the grocery store is out of a sale item when you get there, ask for a rain check if it is something you use regularly.
  14. Find out when your favorite grocery store marks down items such as meats, breads or dairy products.  Some stores do this early in the morning and some later at night.  Time your trips to take advantage of these mark-downs.
  15. Buy spices in the bulk section.  Small amounts can be had for a few cents.  This is great for spices you use only occasionally.

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