Back when I first started couponing I always found it most difficult to save on groceries, at least compared to regular household products, beauty products, etc. Good grocery coupons are sometimes hard to come by and most household staples like Milk, Eggs, and Cheese rarely have a coupon to use to discount the price. Don't even get me started about how expensive some meats can be. Below you will find 10 easy ways that you can save more money on your groceries and find some peace in having to spend less money when out shopping.
1.) Visit Flea Markets and Ethnic Stores for Produce
Often times flea markets and ethnic grocery stores offer produce at a much lower cost then that of your grocery store. I find onions and mango's at an Ethnic store here in town and they're simply the best tasting and best price around.
2.) Bake your own bread.. or head to the store right before closing
Baking your own bread is actually quite easy, healthier and in the long run a cheaper alternative to buying bread regularly from the store. If baking isn't your thing you can still get bread from your grocer at a discounted price by shopping right before closing. Often times Grocery Store Bakeries offer breads, rolls, pies and more at discounted prices right before closing to not let the product go to waste!
3.) Buy in larger quantities
I love Sam's Club and others like it but if buying in bulk isn't your thing then you can still at least buy in larger quantities. Take yogurt for example. Buying the larger tubs of yogurt from brands like Dannon you can save up to 40% by not purchasing the individual size containers. Buying larger packages may be more cost up front but when broken down by ounces and amount of the product the savings can be huge in the end.
4.) Don't buy shredded cheese
I know it's convenient to buy shredded cheese but it can easily cost you more then if you just bought the brick or ball and used a cheese grater. Opt to do it yourself and you can save more money in the long run. Plus, if you have a bigger kid you can include them in on the task!
5.) Don't be afraid to try the store brands.
Brand names are often overrated to be honest, and you're paying for all the advertising they do to have a brand name. Give the store brand a try and you might be surprised how little different it is. Store brands can often times cost considerably less then the more expensive brand name product.
6.) Don't go to the store hungry!
This one is pretty simple.. when shopping hungry you end up buying stuff that you don't really need. Going to the store on a full stomach and with a plan will get you away from spending more money then needed.
7.) Take a list… and check it twice
Prepare a list of everything you need and be sure to check your fridge, cabinets and freeze to be sure you don't have the items already. Check the list twice and STICK TO IT! If you shop with a list and don't derive from it you will save money.
8.) Stock up when there is a great sale
If you go to the store and have one of those "I cant believe how great of deal I got on ____" moments then stock up on that item if possible! Finding a great sale combined with a coupon making the item drop down to rock bottoms prices is part of what Extreme Couponing is all about.. Stockpiling is a great way to save more money on Groceries.
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9.) Get a Deep Freezer
If you are going to save money on groceries and have room for those frozen foods you get at such a great price you will need to invest in a Deep Freezer. Check local classifieds, craigslist, and ask around to get the best deal and not have to buy brand new. Prepare food ahead of time and freeze meals for future meals and have room to stockpile the great deals you find.
10.) Look Up & Down..not forward
Seriously don't look forward when on an aisle looking at the products on the shelf. A known grocery store tactic is to place the most expensive items at eye-level! Look down on the bottom shelf and up high at the top for lower priced items and bargains. Check around corners and on end caps for even more deals. Don't be ashamed to get down on your knees when looking on bottom shelves either – there is a lot of bargains to be found!
What ways do you save on groceries? Share your tips below!
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