15 Ways To Save on Groceries

  1. Try Wal-Mart’s Ad Match Guarantee.  If you have a Wal-Mart by you and your neighborhood mails the local circulars, it’s really easy to take advantage of Wal-Mart’s Ad Match.  Every Thursday, I go through the mailed circulars and circle the items that are a good deal.  I then shop for all those items at Wal-Mart and they will price-match it.  You save time and money by not visiting multiple stores and getting the best prices in town in one place.
  2. Take inventory of your kitchen once a month.  I regularly go through my cabinets to take stock of what I have and don’t have, so that I don’t end up buying extra of stuff I thought I was missing.  This also helps you to look for certain items to go on sale if you know you are running low.
  3. Have a list and stick to it.  Without a proper agenda, you are more likely to make impulse purchases on things you don’t need.
  4. Have a budget and stick to it.  I sometimes will only cash so that I can only spend what I have.  AJ and I can get by with spending about $50 a week, at most, on groceries.
  5. Only shop the circular. Paying full retail price for anything other than milk and eggs is just bogus.
  6. Limit weekly shopping to perishables.  Household and non-perishables to once a month.  AJ and I will typically go to the grocery store to just stock up on things like vegetables, dairy, meat and anything that is perishable on weekly basis to eat fresh.  This forces us to use up our pantry items and save space.
  7. Eat before you head to the supermarket.  It’s true.  If you’re hungry at the grocery store, you’re more likely to buy more than you need.
  8. Buy meat on sale and freeze it.  Whenever chicken wings go on sale, AJ and I will buy a family pack and freeze it so we can eat it whenever we want without paying extra.
  9. Only buy what you know you can eat this week.  Don’t buy a bag of oranges if you know you’re not going to eat all of them, even if it’s a better price.  The chances that it will go to spoil is like throwing money in the garbage.
  10. Pull items from the back of the shelf. Grocery stores always stock their items with the earlier expirations up front.  Get the items at the back of the shelf that you know will last longer and less likely to waste money letting it expire.
  11. Avoid “ready-made” items. Things like deli salads, bakery items and other things pre-made have a ginormous markup.  If it’s easy enough to make yourself, you’re better off doing that.
  12. Bring your own shopping bags.  Many stores like Whole Foods and Bi-Lo will take 5 to 10 cents off your receipt for each bag your bring.  It may not be much, but it adds up, plus you are being friendlier to the environment.
  13. Clip coupons. This is an obvious one, except don’t clip coupons for things you wouldn’t normally buy.  You’re not saving money by buying products you don’t need.
  14. Don’t buy the whole bunch. Anything that is priced by weight, you can feel free to only take what you need.  Bananas, vine tomatoes and grapes are examples of things that you can just pick what you want.
  15. Compare using PRICE PER UNIT.  This is my biggest tip.  Always compare like items by looking at the price per unit and not just the retail price.  You’ll often find that even sale items might be more expensive than other items because of their size or weight.  You’ll get the true comparison of what’s the best deal by comparing like for like.

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