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Five Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store.
As a mom and the person in charge of the grocery list. I know saving money while trying to provide the best foods possible to our kids can be a struggle. I know it can be stressful. So I am here today to help other moms and dads save big at the grocery store. I won’t lie I love grocery shopping. I love making the grocery list and going to the store and sticking to my list.
Let the Savings Begin.
Follow my tips and tricks to save at the grocery store.
Tip Number 1 – Create a Budget
The best way to save money at your local grocery store would be to create a budget to try to stick to. This budget should include everything you need in order to get through either a week, bi-weekly, or month for food depending on how you shop. When my boyfriend and I go grocery shopping, we like to try to keep our grocery budget between $150 to $200. Sometimes it’s hard to stick to the budget. Especially when you go to the store and find new items that you want to try that wasn’t on the list. Trust me, moms, it isn’t the end of the world if you go over budget. I know it can be frustrating but just keep trying to stick to your budget and do your best. After all, we have hungry mouths to feed.
Tip Number 2 – Get Yourself a Store Card
And no, I am not talking about a store credit card. I have found that most stores offer a store card or bonus card that allows you save on products you buy in the store every week. These cards are great because when products go on sale, the bonus card gives you access to that sale. The sales change weekly so remember to check either weekly flyer or online to see what sales may be happening at your local grocery market. Also when you are signed up for the store’s card, they will send you personalized coupons in the mail that you can use on your next grocery shopping trip. If you don’t have one, don’t fret, just check with your store to see if they offer one.
Tip Number 3 – Don’t go Shopping for Groceries when Your Hungry
I think this tip is super important to remember. When you go shopping on an empty stomach you are more likely to go over budget and buy items that aren’t on your list and didn’t really need. I know for me personally it can be very dangerous if I walk into a grocery store hungry. Everything looks so good. And it’s hard not to want to buy the entire store. I recommend trying to eat either a light snack or meal before you go grocery shopping to reduce the risk.
Tip Number 4 – Coupons, Coupons, Coupons.
I can not stress enough how coupons can really help make a difference in your grocery shopping budget and trip. I try to use coupons as often as possible. I am nowhere near an extreme couponer. But I love watching the coupons bring down my total after my bonus card or store card has been rung up. It’s a really good feeling knowing I am saving some money while providing my family with meals throughout the week. There are a few ways to get a hold of coupons for your shopping trips to the market. Check out your local Sunday paper, they tend to have coupons in them.
Check out your favorite brand’s website, they might have coupons listed or an email list you can join to have coupons sent to your email. If you have the store card, you will probably get coupons in the mail. And lastly, check to see if your store has a free magazine to pick up. Check out your markets website to see if they have any coupons running as well.
Tip Number 5 – Buy in Bulk
I recommend buying items in bulk that you know your family will use. I tend to buy items like pasta, condiments, and other items in bulk so my family doesn’t run out. I also recommend checking out Costco or Sam’s Clubs because these stores are generated towards people who like to buy in bulk and save money too. I personally love Costco. They offer a lot of great products to consumers. I also recommend checking out Boxed which is an app for Android and Apple. They offer bulk items that are delivered directly to your door with free two-day shipping. I use this company to order a lot of the house cleaning supplies and food items as well. I recommend checking them out. I think they have great prices for the items they offer.
Tip Number 6 – Use Apps to Save
When shopping for groceries in the store, I like to check out my Ibotta app and my Checkout 51 app. These are both great apps that let you save on items you probably buy every week. All you have to do is scan the product, scan the recipe and that’s it. The rebates are anywhere from 25 cents to $2 depending on the item or quantity. I really love these apps. I recommend that you download them to your phone. They are available through Android and Apple app stores.
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Tip Number 7 – Make a List, Check it Twice
I do this every time before I go grocery shopping. I have found that my grocery list helps me stay on track while I am at the grocery store picking up groceries. I like to try and plan out all my meals before I go shopping. I also write down every thing I may need on our magnetic note pad hanging on the fridge before adding it to the list. My list also helps me from making impulse buys. I highly recommend trying to create a list of items you generally know you will be picking up. I include things that I know my family will need, my meal plans, and my houses needs. This helps me save some at the grocery store.
Tip Number 8 – Buy Store Brand and Discounted Items
I can not tell you how many times I have walked into a store with my heart set on a certain brand to find that the stores brand was much cheaper and just as good. My family tends to purchase a lot of store brand items. We also check out the discounted meat in the meat aisle. If something is on sale, we will buy it and freeze it for later. We save a lot of money on meat this way. I highly recommend checking out your markets store brands and discounted items. You might just be surprised at what you find.
These are my tips to save big at the grocery store.
I know saving money can be tough. I hope my tips can help you save big at the grocery store. I’d love to hear about the ways your families save big in the comments below.