Here are some money-saving grocery tips you can’t afford to miss, PLUS a FREE simple grocery list maker printable that you can download.
Money-saving Grocery Tips You Can’t Afford to Miss – Plus a FREEBIE!
Being a frugal mom, I always promote saving money at the grocery store. I use coupons and I shop for deals. Here are some money-saving grocery tips you can’t afford to miss!
Who said that cutting on groceries has to be a project and you have to get the help of a financial expert? The fact is, saving money on groceries is a no brainer. There are so many things you can do that enable you to save hundreds of dollars every other year: Money that you could probably use to take your kids on a holiday. If you think that groceries eat too much into your paycheck, here are some tips to help you save money.
Make a List
If you want to save money, it is important that you use an app to find out great deals being offered in your local stores. Let the ads and discounts within the apps guide your meals for the week. This way, you will be able to live on less-expensive meals. Also, after you have made a list of ads from your local stores, be sure to track your expenditures while you are shopping. Use your phone calculator so that you are able to stay within your budget. Shopping with a list will not only ensure that you save money, but it will also prevent buying on impulse.
Sort Out Items in Your Fridge and Pantry
Most Americans purchase lots of groceries just to end up getting wasted. Therefore, before you step up to go grocery shopping, it is important that you take a look at your pantry and fridge. Find out if you have any items that are about to go bad and consume them before they go to waste.
Go For Generic Brands
When shopping for groceries, you will find that brand names cost way more than generic brands. This happens even when the quality between the two can be matched. If you are shopping for things like sugar, detergents, and spices, etc., go for the generic brands. You will realize that it saves you so much money.
Eat Before You Go Shopping
It is important that you go shopping on a full stomach. Research indicates that if you go shopping on an empty stomach, you will end up overspending. At the time, you will buy depending on your appetite and not what you really need.
Coupons are a great way of saving money. However, they could be what breaks your budget. They tend to make you overspend on items that you do not need. Therefore, to get the most out of coupons, ensure that you follow a list of the items that you need. This will help you stick to your budget. Be a wise user of coupons by following my tips, and you won’t overspend!
Take Advantage of Loyalty Programs
It is important that you stay loyal to a local store. From there, you can enquire about how to get into the loyalty program and increase your chances to get discounts, freebies, and perks.
The Bottom Line
Saving on groceries might not seem like it is worth your while. But, it is the little money saved every time you shop that will accumulate to thousands. Therefore, feel free to follow the discussed tips. Then, do something else with the saved money!
My Simple Grocery List Maker Printable
I have a special method I use for writing my grocery lists. I sort my list by store section/aisle. I STILL use this list! In fact, I’ve been using it for over ten years! Maybe you’ll like it too. 🙂
It’s really nothing special, just a super simple list that I’ve been printing out and using to plan my grocery trips for years. I made it a long time ago when I needed a format that would help me plan my trips according to which section of the grocery store the items I needed could be found.
I keep a magnetic notepad on the refrigerator to jot down the random things we need throughout the day. Then, when I get ready to go to the store, I take that sloppy unorganized list and write everything from it down onto this printout, so that it’s organized by store section and I don’t forget anything and have to backtrack as I’m going through the store. This is especially helpful if you have 3 children with you to distract you!
*I print it out 2 pages per sheet to save computer paper* – then I cut them in half, stack a few, and keep them handy to pull out next time I need them.
It has consistently worked for me. Maybe you’ll like it too!
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