easy ways to save at the grocery store

Easy Ways to Save at the Grocery Store

Easy Ways to Save at the Grocery Store

Without careful planning and other money saving devices, food shopping can get expensive. Especially nowadays when food prices, like gas, have been significantly affected by inflation. Perhaps you’ve noticed it as well lately– the increasing price of certain grocery items. I certainly have, and upon further research discovered that it could be considered a serious concern.

In this interesting piece on inflation and food prices from CNBC, the author Jeff Cox writes:

“By any measure imaginable, food prices are climbing and climbing fast and it’s not only developing countries where income can’t keep up with the rise in the costs of goods.”

Cox then reveals data about rising prices. Ground beef when up 11.1% in price last year. Butter went up 27% in price last year. Coffee 16%. There’s no doubt that grocery shopping has become more of an expensive endeavor than ever before. So, what can you do to save?

Easy Ways to Save at the Grocery Store

Here are some tips that might help you save some cash the next time you head to the market.

Plan Your Meals for the Week

There’s nothing worse than going to the grocery store unsure of what you want or worse, perusing the aislesĀ on an empty stomach. Often times this leads to somewhat reckless spending on products that aren’t worth their money in the end. When trying to save money at the grocery, it’s important that you arrive with the meals of the upcoming week somewhat planned.

I find that planning out my meals is kind of like coming up with a budget plan. I try to come up with some major dishes that can also be leftovers for other meals as well. I find that planning out my grocery list is one of the best ways to save at the store.

Coupons

Perhaps one of the better known money saving alternatives are coupons. Using coupons on a regular basis is a great way to save a couple bucks each week. It may not seem like a lot at the time, but using coupons definitely adds up to hundreds, even thousands of dollars in savings each year. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled each week for coupons in the newspaper, magazines, or even great websites like Coupons.com.

easy ways to save at the grocery store

easy ways to save at the grocery store

Don’t Buy Name Brand

Often times store brand items are just as good as their name brand counterparts and significantly cheaper. If you haven’t considered this route before, give it a whirl! Cereals, bread, soups– everything you might normally have a certain brand loyalty to can be easily replaced by your grocery store’s brand. I guarantee that it won’t be that different in taste or quality and definitely will help you save some serious cash.

Eat Simply

A lot of money gets spent on over-processed, over-packaged foods at the store. Not only are these foods generally more expensive, but they’re also less healthy. The more simply you eat, the better you’ll feel and the more money you’ll save. When I say simply, I mean spend your money on things like fresh vegetables, whole grains, beans, hormone-free meats, eggs, and basic dairy projects. Leave the chips, the spaghetti-o’s, cookies, and other junk out of your shopping cart.

There’s no doubt that food shopping has grown increasingly more expensive over the years. Nevertheless, with careful planning and good product choices, you can save a bundle each week and still eat well.

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Easy Ways to Save at the Grocery Store

 

4 thoughts on “Easy Ways to Save at the Grocery Store”

  1. Great tips! I know I’ve had the ‘deer caught in the headlights’ look at the register more than once this year. Prices are definitely climbing. Another way to save while in the store is bulk buying. Some stores have a bulk area where they have bins with bulk staples. All these items are typically priced by the pound but you can buy as much or as little as you need. The bulk bins tend to be cheaper because you are not paying for all the packaging. Besides, baking supplies, my favorite bulk bin purchases are spices. I can usually fill a spice jar for 10-20 cents. That’s a huge savings over time!

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