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70 Ways To Save Money At The Grocery Store

Updated on January 9, 2011

I have gotten pretty good at bargain grocery shopping. I decided to sit down and wrack my brain of all the ways in which you can save money at the grocery store. There are a few things to keep in mind, one being the most important: Just make it! If you have the option to make instead of buy, do it! You'll save quite a bit, and typically its much better. This is how I save money at the grocery store, hopefully you can too.

70 Ways To Save Money At The Grocery Store

1. Don't buy frozen. It really racks up your bill, and is high in sodium.

2. Don't buy organic. Organic is a bunch of crap anyways, unless you're growing yourself.

3. Buy fruits and Veggies in Season. They will be more expensive if you don't.

4. Eat something before you go!

5. Try to avoid buying hygiene products. They're typically about 30% higher at grocery stores.

6. Write a grocery list and follow it. Don't let your eyes wander.

7. Stick to the isles you need to walk down. Avoid temptation.

8. Bring a calculator along for the ride. Keep in mind the amount you have to spend, and stick to it.

9. Learn to can your own pasta sauce rather than buying it.

10. Keep in mind that the highest priced items are typically at the level you'd be looking at. Always look up, or down. This is a genius marketing tactic-- so fool the stores!

11. Ask yourself "Do I: Need this? or Just want this?".

12. Cook only meals which consist of ingredients. Don't buy that boxed crap.

13. Don't buy bottled water. Buy a filter. Tap water has more tests ran on it than that crap in the bottle.

14. If you have to buy soda, buy 2 liters. Cans get expensive.

15. Buy in large quantity

16. Pay attention to bins with marked down items inside.

17. Keep prices in mind. Look at local news paper specials and compare prices.

18. Don't go to the store at the last minute. Be realistic, you've got SOMETHING you can cook. (if not, eat grilled cheese or pb&j).

19. Frozen May be a better bet

20. Try to grocery shop online 1 to 2 times a month. It will save you money on gas, and lower your grocery spending.

21. Instead of buying sliced cheese at the deli, look at the alternatives in the dairy isle. Its just as good, and half the price.

22. Find the Most Affordable Store

23. Do not buy more, unless you're completely out.

24. Compare prices by looking at how much you're getting per container

25. Buy the stores generic brand

26. Consider going to the farmers market. The produce is cheaper then a grocery store.

27. Get a basket, rather than a cart. If you get a cart for a small purchase, you're more likely to spend more.

28. Start cutting coupons

29. Look for coupons upon entering the store as well, they're typically by the door just waiting for you to grab them!

30. Buy white eggs rather than brown eggs. They're cheaper.

31. Look for savings in the meat isle. There is typically a discount area.

32. Incorporate more pasta into your diet. Pasta is typically $1-2 a box!

33. Keep in mind what store sells what for cheaper. Shop at multiple stores, rather than one-- to insure that you get the most for your money.

34. Stick to three areas, and three areas only: Produce, Meat, and Dairy.

35. Put down the: candy, cookies, and packaged goodies.

36. Buy ice cream from the schwanns man. Its much cheaper, and terribly convenient.

37. Don't buy premade: potato salad, pasta salad, ect. Just make it!

38. Make bread rather than buying it. A bag of flour costs just about as much as a loaf of bread.

39. Learn to grow your own tomatoes and other veggies.

40. Also, learn to grow your own herbs.

41. Do not buy from the bakery. Instead, bake.

42. Keep your health in mind. Fattening Bad for you foods are normally more expensive.

43. Scope out discount stores in your area. In my area we have ALDO & Save A lot. I buy my spices and pasta from big lots!

44. When things are on sale, by in large quantity.

45. Call companies and ask for coupons, discounts, and freebies. You can often get lucky this way. There are a lot of free things out there, people just don't ask.

46. Skim milk is cheaper then higher percentages. It also has a lot less fat.

47. Stick to poultry rather than beef. The prices are cheaper - and its better for you!

48. Don't buy as many drinks. They add up to a significant part of your bill. Stick to water, juice, and milk. Buy just enough to get by.

49. Buy powdered gatorade rather than bottles. You will save substantially.

50. Learn to make meals out of left overs. You won't have to buy as much food in the long run.

51. Buy frozen juice rather than pre-made.

52. Try to Shop alone. Or with someone whose money conscious. Don't shop with those who add to your bill.

53. Buy a Deep Freezer

54. Make your own lunch meat out of roasts and left overs.

55. Cook in large quantity, and freeze for later. Great substitute for frozen meals.

56. Eat more grains. They're inexpensive and make great side dishes.

57. Carefully look over your receipt. We're all human, we all make mistakes. Just don't pay for other peoples.

58. Don't shop just because you're bored.

59. Take inventory. Make sure ahead of time that you actually need what is on your list. Check refrigerator, and pantry.

60. Get store cards. You will save quite a bit with one of those bad boys.

61. Don't buy grated cheese. Instead, grate it yourself.

62. Understand Unit Prices, and compare prices.

63. Check the day old section in the bread isle. The bread is often discounted up to 50%

64. Try to grocery shop as fast as possible.

65. Don't buy ready to eat salads. Buy a head of lettuce instead.

66. Learn to make your own salad dressing. It tastes better, and its fresh.

67. If you must buy from the deli, ask them to cut items very thinly. A little goes a long way, after all!

68. Try not to buy alcohol.

69. Go to stores that price match. All of that change adds up!

70. Instead of buying canned soup, make your own soup. Make a lot, and freeze it for later.

70 Ways To Save Money At The Grocery Store


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    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Wooooow - these are a lot of tips! Thanks for sharing them!

    • katrinasui profile image

      katrinasui 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips. I will try to follow your tips.

    • Rhonda Waits profile image

      Rhonda Musch 7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Great tips and a great article. Next time I will try these tips, when shopping. Thanks for sharing your hub.