Savings don’t come out of thin air, they add up, little bit by little bit. One of the biggest expenses you can save bit by bit on is groceries.
1. Buy in bulk
Grocers often reward shoppers who recognize the value of buying in bulk. Buying in bulk is a great way to save at least a few dollars every time you shop. Keep this tip in mind when bulking up – but still remember to only buy what you need so you don’t end up wasting money.
2. Prepare your own food
Prepared food may save time, but it also costs money. Unprepared food is significantly cheaper. Buying unprepared is a huge savings tip for any grocery shop.
3. Ditch the tiny portions
Tiny portions have been prepared for convenience, to make it even easier to pack a lunch, but they come at a cost. When you buy in single servings, you actually wind up spending more than when you buy in bulk.
4. Don’t overbuy
Buying in bulk is valuable, but only if the items get used. Don’t make the mistake of stocking up on items that you know won’t get used. Only stock up on products that don’t expire, or that you have a plan to use.
5. When buying items at one cost per bag of items, weigh the bags to compare which is heaviest.
This is a fair way to ensure that you get the most bang for your buck, just for taking an additional 30 seconds to weigh your options.
6. Work out grocery unit pricing
You may think you’re saving money by going no name, but is it actually the best value? Take a minute and break down the cost of what you’re looking to buy per unit, showing you easily the pricing structure.
7. Be kind to your grocer, your butcher, and your cashiers
While this should be a general rule about being kind, it also saves you grocery money by encouraging them to provide you with information regarding sale days, quick sale items, and so on.
8. Don’t let the labels fool you
Did you know that a “roasting chicken” is really just a big chicken? It’s not a special variety of any kind, yet people often willingly pay more money just because it says “roasting” on the front of it. Don’t get sucked in by grocery store labels, work out the best value for your own products.
9. Go no name
Consider purchasing no name brands on some of your common household items like cereals, napkins, and so on. These items can afford to be of a lower quality, and often you’ll find that there’s no quality difference at all.
10. Buy in season fruits and vegetables
Did you know that you pay shipping costs on fruits and vegetables? It may not be standardized, but it’s common practice for out of season fruits and vegetables to be bought from another place in the world, delivered to your local grocer, who then has to charge a higher price to make a profit. The solution to this is to stock up on in season items, and freeze them if necessary, to save yourself the shipping and handling type fees.
11. Check the flyers from Wednesday
Flyers generally circulate on Wednesdays. So make sure you’ve read the paper that day, and looked at the flyers. You can save a considerable amount of money just by comparing who has what on sale (not to mention price matching).
12. Clip coupons
This should go without saying, but if you see a coupon you can take advantage of, clip it! Save it for your next trip, these little savings really add up. If you’re having trouble finding coupons relevant to your shopping, try looking online.
13. Consider purchasing more freezer room
A lot of people argue with the buying in bulk argument, citing a lack of freezer space. If freezer space is an issue for you, consider investing in a smaller second freezer, to provide yourself a little more wiggle room and allow you to take advantage of buying in bulk when meat is on sale.
14. Don’t always rely on leftovers
Some meals just don’t reheat well. Try to keep this in mind before planning a leftover, maybe you’d be better of halving the recipe and saving the excess ingredients.
15. Do know what leftovers can work for your family!
16. Plan ahead
This is more at home savings related to groceries, but if you know your family can’t eat that entire meatloaf, freeze some before dishing it out. This way, the leftovers need not go to waste, and you’ve just gotten two meals out of one!
17. Shop on your own
Impulse buying is hard enough to avoid when you’re alone, let alone when there are other people or kids there with their own impulses. To save money, shop alone.
18. Only buy what you need
At the end of the day the best way to save? Only buy what you need to buy. Lots of money is wasted when you go on impulse shopping sprees for items you didn’t need in the first place, items that often go to waste.
19. Look into local wholesale grocer clubs
Wholesale grocers pay less money for the food that they sell, usually in exchange for buying in bulk. Many will allow customers to purchase passes that allow them access to these same deals, so be prepared to bulk up on groceries and watch the savings add up.
20. Split the bill at wholesale grocers
Love that lasagna but know you can’t eat two for the price of one? Take a friend and split the bill, and the groceries, to make sure you still get to take advantage of lower prices.