Grocery store shopping is a chore that many people don’t like. Not only are you having to plan a menu that everyone will like, you also have to find the best deals that fit your budget. Food is expensive and it’s a large part of everyone’s budget.
It can be a struggle to be innovative and find ways to cut your grocery budget, but we have some ideas for saving you time and money.
10 Money Saving Grocery Store Hacks
Try these simple but effective grocery store hacks to save money on your grocery bill!
Always look at the grocery store sale ads for the week.
It’s so easy to check online for the current sales ads or check the grocery store app! Spend a few minutes before planning your menu looking at the ads for the stores that you frequent to see what is on sale for the week.
Write out a daily menu based on weekly sale ads.
If chicken is .99 cents per pound that week, plan a couple of meals to include chicken and hold off on buying other meat until it goes on sale. Plan your menu based solely off the items that are on sale. It is possible to create some wonderful meals for your family this way!
Buy seasonal produce.
Remember when shopping for produce that different fruits and vegetables are in season at different times throughout the year. Check out this Seasonal Produce Guide to see what produce is in season and plan meals and snacks around it. Buying strawberries when they are not in season is expensive but you can buy them and freeze them when they are in season and use them in smoothies and muffins and other recipes.
Cook from scratch.
Cooking from scratch is healthier and cheaper than buying pre-packaged and convenience food. If you like the convenience of having food ready to eat then make your own freezer meals that you can pop in the microwave for a quick lunch or dinner. When you cook make double batches and then freeze the extra. Then you always have quick and easy meals to eat when you don’t have much time.
Check to see if there are any coupons for items that you plan to purchase.
The internet is a great resource for coupons! Also check to see if your store has any digital coupons that you can load to your loyalty card. These are coupons that are linked directly to the store you are shopping at and can be downloaded right to your loyalty card and sometimes they can be used with other coupons as well! No more printing coupons or having to remember to get them as you head out the door!
Plan your weekly menu to be able to cook once and use twice.
If chicken is on sale and you plan to make baked chicken one night, then you can plan to use the leftovers in chicken tacos or chicken tortilla soup. If you make hard boiled eggs for breakfast or snacks and have leftovers then peel them and chop them up to create tuna or chicken salad for a quick and easy meal. If you have leftover food that is easy to use in other recipes, capitalize on it! Learn to cook once and use twice. I love doing this. It saves time and money.
Go to the grocery store alone.
When you go shopping alone it is so much easier to stay on track with your list and budget. When you are accompanied by others, their wants may suddenly start showing up in your grocery cart, causing your hard work, planning and budget to go out the window. Leave the distractions of others at home.
Don’t shop when you are hungry.
If you go grocery shopping when you are hungry you are more likely to overspend. You more likely to buy something on impulse because everything sounds good when you’re hungry. It’s harder to stick to your list.
Limit your grocery shopping trips.
Don’t go to the grocery store more than once a week. The more times you go to the store the more money you’ll spend. Make sure you’ve got what you need to get you through the week so you don’t have to go back.
Pay with cash when grocery shopping.
Sounds unique, right? BUT, trust me…it works. If I only take $50 in cash with me to the grocery store, and nothing else, then I have absolutely NO other option but to stay within my $50 budget. When I say pay with cash only, this means to literally leave any other type of payment method at home. Why? You won’t be tempted to swipe your debit or credit card to pay for any extras.
With cash you can ONLY purchase what you have enough cash for, eliminating all the tempting reasons to just add “one more thing” to your cart. Those extra items add up super quick. Give yourself no reason and no way to pay for any extras!
Going to the grocery store doesn’t have to be a painful experience. As you start to incorporate some of these helpful hacks into your shopping trips, you might find that it actually becomes much easier and an enjoyable experience.
Start the new year with a new approach to saving money at the grocery store with these simple hacks! You will notice a difference in your approach to grocery shopping, as well as the amount of money remaining in your account at the end of your trip!