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7 Easy Tips to Save Money on Your Groceries

Updated on December 9, 2015

Save money on groceries.

Save $ by doing a few things differently.

What if you could save 30 percent of your grocery bill by simply doing a few things a bit differently? Considering food is a large portion of everyone's monthly budget, it might be a good time to use these 7 simple tips to help cut the amount of money you spend.

Shop at a variety of stores.

1. If you shop at one grocery store all of the time, even if it's Walmart, you are likely spending way too much. One of the tricks to saving money is to shop at a handful of different stores. Remember, every store has some items that you will save on, however, not everything is going to be cheaper. If you purchase everything that you need at one store, then some of the items might be cheaper, but others are likely to be more expensive. Focus on purchasing mainly sale items or items that are always low priced.

2. Be aware of the items that you use. As you shop, make a mental note (or even write it down) as to what items this store has that you use that are reasonably priced. Remember that places like Walmart are notorious for changing their prices. It might be on sale for a day and then off sale the next day. (Note: If it's on sale and you use it, stock up.)

3. Think outside of the box.. Grocery stores aren't the only place to buy groceries. Often times, smaller chain stores like Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and Big Lots have a variety of products, including name brand items for a lot less than you'd pay at the grocery store. Take the time to familiarize yourself with your shopping choices in your area not just grocery stores.

Shopping at unusual stores can save you money, too.

One of my favorite places to buy cheap, good bread is at Dollar Tree. I can get a Nature's Made loaf of bread for $1.00. This same loaf of bread is $1.69 upwards to $2.99 at another store. Is there a Dollar store in your area that sells baked goods?

Dollar General is a great place to buy boxes of crackers, chips, and cookies for about $1 each (sometimes less) -often times, they have many national name brand products. The same bag of potato chips that are $2.50 or less in Dollar General are often $3.49 or more in Publix , Winn-Dixie, or even Walmart.

Big Lots often has brand name products, organic products, and bread products for half the price of the grocery store.

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4. Don't make shopping a one day trip. Often times when I go shopping, I go to one or two stores and hit all of their sale items. Then in a couple of days, I do the same thing at another store. This way I end up with everything I need and have purchased mainly sale items, which saves me a bundle. Also, it actually saves time, because I know what store has specific items and can be in and out quickly purchasing only the few items I've target that store for. I picked up an item in one store for a buck and at the next store the same item was $2. By shopping around, I actually saved over $1 on just one item. WOW.

5. Don't Get Hung Up On National Brands. Discount stores like Save-A-Lot or Aldi offer their own brands for a lot less (although they do have some national brands).

If you shop at Aldi or Save-A-Lot, you'll have to bag your own groceries, so you'll need to bring your own plastic or cloth bags (You can also use their boxes). All of the products that I've ever purchased at Aldi are exceptional and have been better or exceeded national brands. Most products from either store come with a guarantee. So if you try it and don't like it, they'll give you your money back. Their cream cheese and cheese products are usually half price (or more) of what you'd pay in a conventional grocery store. I can buy the bagged spinach (a national brand) at Save-A-Lot for $1.99. That same bag of spinach often sells at Walmart for $2.99. I just saved $1.

You'll actually save quite a bit upwards to 50 percent (or more) of your food bill by shopping at your local discount store.

Orange you glad you save money on groceries!

6. Throw away as little as you can. Don't buy perishables unless you are planning on using them. Remember the item that you throw into the garbage is costing you money, too. Saving money on the other end by not throwing things away, can help to keep things within budget. When I buy a lot of perishable items, I make sure to keep an eye on them. If they start to go bad before I use them, I bring out my soup pot, cut them up, throw in some seasonings and within a short time, I have a nice pot of soup-all from items that would have ended up in the garbage. It feels good to not have to throw so much away and it saves money, too.

7. Look for coupons online. If you have a specific brand of item that you like, search for a coupon online. Sometimes if I can't find a coupon for something I want at a free coupon site, I'll go to Ebay and actually purchase it. If I can buy ten $1 coupons for a couple of dollars, it's still saving me money. Be sure to factor the cost of buying the coupon into how much you will be saving. Remember, if you spend too much on the coupon, it's not saving you money.


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    • NikaWest profile image

      NikaWest 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love shopping cheap. Cheers and thanks for the comments. Very appreciated.

    • Reynold Jay profile image

      Reynold Jay 2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Hi Nika--All good advice and my wife does well with coupons. Other points are well taken too. Nice Tips for all.