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Good Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Updated on February 15, 2013

Is Your Grocery Bill Shocking?


Coupons are not the only way to save for groceries!

Looking for a way to save money on your groceries?

You are not alone.

If people are not struggling to find cheap gasoline, then they are struggling to find a ways to save on groceries.

You've landed on the right hub if you want to save money on your grocery bill.

The best and most effective way to save money on groceries is to take a proactive approach. A two to three person family spends from $100 to $200 a week on groceries. And if don't have a list or a plan for what they'll buy when they go to the store they spend more. Some statistics report as much as 50% more!

Some people cut coupons, others cut back and most do nothing but complain about their grocery bill.

What follows is how you can save money and even make money using coupons and managing your cash.

Remember the more you save, the more you earn.

Coupons are not always worth the paper they are written on.


Coupons: The cost cutting method everyone talks about

Coupons. I'm sure you've probably heard about them.

If not, you've probably seen the shows.Shows like Extreme Couponing and websites like and are popping up everywhere with promises to save you hundreds of dollars on your groceries.

It's true; you can save money by clipping coupons, but coupons only work if you work them and they don't buy everything you need to eat healthy.

Read on and I'll tell you what to do when the coupon doesn't save you money on the things you need.

For now, here are a few tips and tricks to get the most out of clipping coupons.

  1. Buy what you need. Only use coupons on the things you need, not just because you have a coupon for it.
  2. Get more bang from your coupon. Wait until the items you want is on sale before you use the coupon.
  3. Keep your coupons handy. If you drive leave your coupons in your glove compartment or under your sun visor. This way if you need them you have them. Many consumers lose hundred of dollars when they go to the grocery store, see their "wanted item" on sale but then can't take advantage or double the deal because they left their coupon at home. Don't let this happen to you.
  4. Remember to keep your coupons handy.

The Problems With Clipping Coupons

I agree you can save money clipping coupons however time is money.

What if the products you want to buy doesn't have a coupon?

Let's face it; many of us are trying to live healthier lives.

Coupons generally do not cover fresh, greens or proteins.

High Carbs and Cardboard

You'll save money on toilet paper, toothpaste, rice, Pop Tarts and cereal. I call it high carbs and cardboard because a lot of the food products are high in calories and carbohydrates and low on quality and taste.

That product with the lovely first name of B-O-L-O-G-N-Y and a few of its cousins may have a coupon or two, but those food products aren't really healthy are they?

The last time I looked up the ingredients of processed and packaged foods, I asked my daughter for the barf bag. Here are just a few examples;

  • The chicken broth that I used with a coupon was flavored with salt water injections for taste. No wonder I was so bloated! Too much salt can lead to high blood pressure and high blood pressure is never good especially for a busy mom like I am.
  • An ammonia was found in a package of ground beef that I purchased with a store coupon. The butcher told me it was used to kill bacteria on animal meet. Ammonia could actually kill me! Made me wonder whether or not I was shopping for staples or food.

I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, but I do want you to profit from my words and use coupons sensibly. Make sure you know what you buying before you use a coupon to save on your groceries.

Cash Will Forever Be King

Can't Use a Coupon, Now What?

You are probably wondering what to do if you can't use a coupon.

Well the next steps just might surprise and will save you money.

Step One: Use Cash Instead of Debit or Credit - consumers spend at least 20% more money when they use their credit or debit cards to shop for groceries.

In my practice, I call this mindless buying. When you swipe a card you don't really have to think about whether or not you have enough cash to pay for what's in your cart. You just swipe and hope that your transaction will go through. In most cases it does because banks love to charge for overdrafts.

Step Two: Have a list and plan your purchases. Don't go into the store without a list. I hang a sticky on the fridge and when we are out of something we write it n the sticky. So, before I head to the store, I check for a coupon and then I check the grocery store ads and websites for sales. This way I won't over spend and I buy only what we really need. If it's not on the list, don't buy it.

Step Three: Shop on a full stomach. A hungry consumer is just as a bad as broke one. His or her eyes are bigger than their bank account. Eat before you grocery shop. This way you will not be enticed by the smell of fresh bread, fruit and little offers that the merchandisers use to entice you to buy stuff you don't need.

Stop: You Don't Have To Clip Coupons To Save

Simple Methods Big Savings

Saving money on your groceries is not rocket science. It's actually simple. Plan your purchases, stick to a list, save when you can, stack your savings and your cash will really start to add up.

You might be tempted to overlook these simple methods because of their simplicity. Don't allow the need to be confused and complicated cost you. These proven methods work. Try it for the next 21 days and get in the habit of saving money on the essential products you buy every week.

Get started saving today.

Still want to learn how to clip coupons? At least learn how to clip coupons efficiently here.

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    • livelifeworryfree profile image

      Princess Clark 5 years ago from The DMV

      Any way you can save is a good deal. The more you save the more you earn. Keep doing what you doing. : )

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great hub with good ideas. I a not too much of a coupon cutter but I do save quite a bit of money by shopping in a couple of different stores. I realize that isn't feasible for everyone but I have been able to make that work! Up+

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      Princess Clark 5 years ago from The DMV

      You can do it! Careful planning, watching for the sales and using the coupon to maximize the sales will make it happen. Finally thought always shop with a list.

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      Amanda 5 years ago from Camas, WA

      Awesome tips! I definitely learned a lot more and you re-inspired me to start clipping coupons again! I have $200 to feed 3 people a month and it's hard but I'm certain I can definitely save more money now! Thanks!

      Voted up and useful!

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      Princess Clark 5 years ago from The DMV

      That's awesome CarNoobz. Thanks for the share. You really powered the point: use coupons when the things you want are on sale! May you continue to save, save, save! Because the more you save the more you earn!

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      CarNoobz 5 years ago from USA

      Good tips. We always wait to buy things on sale. When the new supermarket opened down the street from us, they gave out coupon booklets every day for a month. We got so much stuff for free :) It was awesome lol