How To Save Money On Groceries

Saving Money Grocery Shopping

Saving Grocery Shopping
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How Can You Save Money Grocery Shopping

How To Save Money on Grocery Shopping

With costs increasing both in grocery you must and can take some common sense steps to decrease your grocery spending. This will help you to support your family even if you don’t obtain raises to match the cost increases.

-Buy store brand products: many if not most of the store brand products are just as good quality as brand names but are cheaper.

-Buy generic groceries- If you are dissatisfied you can return to the more expensive groceries.

-Even though coupons may make brand names cheaper many times you can actually purchase cheaper by buying store brands or generic.

-Buy in bulk quantities perishing food, only if you will use it all.

-Shop at food ware houses instead of supermarkets. Some grocery stores are cheaper than others but food ware houses are the cheapest.

-Don't bring your children food shopping. They pull things of the shelf, ask you to buy junk food; and they will distract you from your shopping.

-Don't bring your spouse food shopping. They possibly will impede your own shopping by selecting unneeded or overpriced products.

-Clip and use coupons.

-Take advantage of double coupon offers.

-Don't buy something just because you have a coupon. The bargain can be a waste of money if you don't need it.

-Check the store circulars for items on sale at a supermarket.

-Avoid shopping at convenience stores; unless you prefer outrageous prices.

-Don't shop on an empty stomach; avoid buying a ton of groceries you might not need anyway.

-Find the best buys at the grocery store by comparing the unit prices. These are listed on the stores shelf labels.

-Always check the reduced section at the grocery store.

-Buy perishable items in season. I.E. don't buy frozen corn when corn on the cob is in season.

-Look for items located at the bottom or top shelves. High ticket items are usually priced at the eye level.

-Check the expiration date on milk and milk products and for poultry.

-Don't buy foods that are packaged together when they can be purchased separately for less.

-Don't pay for extra ingredients. I.E. buying cereal with raisins is more expensive than buying cereal and raisins separately.

-Avoid buying single servings; their price is shocking when compared to a larger size package.

-Buy produce in the bag rather than individually it is cheaper.

-Don't buy produce that has been cut & placed in a fancy plastic container when you can buy it cheaper and do this yourself.

-Buy orange juice concentrate in the frozen food section rather than by the carton.

-Learn how to make your own baby food rather than buying finished bottles that are convenient but expensive.

-Compare non-food items at the grocery store with items at the drug store, florist, or department store; of course in today's modern economy you need to factor in the gasoline expense of traveling to the other stores.

-Cook your own food rather than eating out.

-Store & quickly use the left over; avoiding waste and looking out for your health by not keeping it too long.

-Go through your food cabinets to make sure that you have used canned and packaged food before their expiration dates.

-Bring your own bags to the grocery store if they charge for bags., if you already have bought a store bag reuse it.

-Buy soft drinks in large bottles. Cans are more convenient but you pay more for this.

-Double check your inventory before going shopping; this way you can avoid buying something you already have.

-Grow your own vegetables.

-Grow your own spices on a window sill in your apartment or house.

-Watch your weight as you grow older you don’t have to eat that much anyway.

-Spend a stamp to take advantage of manufacture’s rebates if available.

-Clip coupons from your newspaper; or go online to website (s) and print out their grocery coupons; many times you can save much more money and trouble buy buying store brands and or generic.

-Eat before buying your groceries

-Personally I used to carry my groceries on a bicycle with two large bags; you can save a ton of money on gasoline and car repair expenses when grocery shopping; plan how much you will be carrying and if you a have the room to carry them also consider if your returning grocery trip will be uphill or downhill. I was fortunate my returning trip with my full load was downhill; if possible plan as such.

-If you live nearby in walking distance from a grocery store, buy a cart to carry your groceries in and save gasoline while you wheel your groceries in a cart!

-Buy fresh foods rather than prepackaged, they are cheaper; but consider how long you will need the amount which you have purchased.

-Remember that fresh foods have no preservatives so buy accordingly to avoid wasted food.

-Try to coordinate your grocery store trip with others to save on gasoline

-Always check the cost per ounce on cans and bottles, and buy accordingly.

Sources:

How To Save Money On Groceries @ Ehow by generic author

From Ehow by Rufus Surles

1001 Ways To Cut Your Expenses by Jonathan D. Pond

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SUSANJK 5 years ago from Florida

Thanks for the tips, I can always use help with saving money on groceries.

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