5 Money-saving grocery shopping tips

Saving money at the grocery store is easy with a little planning. Here are our top budget-friendly grocery shopping tips to keep the green in your wallet.
Saving money at the grocery store is easy with a little planning. Here are our top budget-friendly grocery shopping tips to keep the green in your wallet.

Tips to save money at the grocery store

1. Plan your meals

Yes, we know this takes time, but it is worth it to sit down and plan your meals for the next week. Unless you love cooking and are really good at spontaneously pulling meals together, planning your week’s menus can actually be a welcome relief from the stress you feel every evening when it’s dinner time. This will save you money because you won’t be tempted to eat out nor will you impulse buy a bunch of groceries that have no designated recipes.

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2. Make your shopping list

Based on your meal plan for the week, make a shopping list of the ingredients the recipes require. Buy only what’s on your list and avoid the temptation to pick up a few extra things with the hope you’ll find a way to cook them.

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3. Search for coupons

Whether you are a whiz at finding online coupons, taking advantage of the coupons in magazines, or browsing the supermarket circulars with the week’s sales, search for coupons for the items on your shopping list. Be sure to visit the websites of your local grocers to find coupons, too. If you happen to find a great deal on a few items that aren’t on your shopping list, see if you can swap ingredients out for the sale items.

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4. Look for patterns and buy in bulk

Keep track of your weekly shopping lists and see if there are certain grocery items you buy every week. Buy those items in bulk if it is cheaper (and most of the time, it is). For example, you can pick up budget-friendly cases of canned beans or diced tomatoes at a big box store or in the big buy section of the supermarket. You can also purchase larger bags of quinoa and other dry ingredients for cheap compared to buying 1-pound bags. If there is an item that doesn’t come in cases for purchase, talk to a grocery manager and ask if you can order a case at a discount.

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5. Stock up on sale items

Always check your grocers ads before you head to the store. If your local market has items on sale that your family frequently uses (no, not items you think you’ll use), add them to your shopping list and stock up. If the items on sale are perishable, make sure they are freezer-friendly before you buy, otherwise you end wasting your money when the items spoil.

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