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How to Reduce Your Grocery Bill

Updated on June 15, 2011

Money Saving Tips

Have you been grocery shopping recently, is it me or is everything more expensive?

In these hard times when money is tight we have to be inventive when it comes to saving money, here in this money saving article I would like to share with you easy money saving tips.

I will concentrate on grocery shopping as this is one area that most of us routinely overspend.

Some of the money saving tips are mine; some are not. I would like to say that if you have some of your own tips please leave them in the comments box at the end of the article and I will try to incorporate them into the article.

Together we can get through these unpleasant times by saving money.

 

Save Money on Groceries
Save Money on Groceries

How to Save Money

Firstly let me share a secret with you.

Grocery stores spend millions of dollars every year on marketing, psychologists and point of sale materials, they do this to find the best ways to relieve you of your hard earned money.

Have you ever noticed how you are guided around the store by the layout, you are enticed by unbelievable bargains at every turn and when you eventually reach the checkout there are even more special offers and impulse buys to tempt you, this is no accident.

If you want to save money and reduce your bill you need to be a savvy shopper, recognise that the store will stop at nothing to take your money and you need to be on your guard. In the rest of this article we will look at simple money saving ideas that you can use on a daily basis.

 

Money Saving Tip #1

Have you ever stopped to look at how much food you throw away, try it!

If you are always emptying left over food into the bin from your plates then you are cooking too much. It would be cheaper to cook smaller portions and save money by getting an extra meal out of your groceries. Could you use the left over food to make a soup or a pie, could you make a sandwich or freeze it for later?

Before you go shopping take a look in your cupboards, do you have out of date products in there,  buy what you need; don't be tempted to buy more than you will eat in a week because as you can see it goes out of date and clogs the cupboard up.

Make a list and stick to it, using a list will save you money immediately as you will not be impulse buying; you will be replenishing your stock.

Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, if you are hungry every product looks tasty and you buy more, save money by eating before you go; I promise you will buy less.

Saving Money Tip #2

Convenience stores are only convenient for the shop owner, shop around ; different stores have different special offers, don't be fooled into buying your groceries in one place under the guise of convenience.

Buy own brand products, most stores have premium suppliers making their food which means the quality is the same as premium brands, don't pay for their expensive advertising campaigns; save money instead.

If it is on your list look for a sale price, don't buy it because it's on sale; it's a waste of money and you probably won't eat it anyway.

 

How To Save Money Tip #3

Many years ago before refrigeration and supermarkets we used to buy what we needed and made a meal out of it, we were really good at saving money. Today's busy lifestyle has duped us into thinking we can't cook from scratch anymore, yes we can, make it yourself; say no to TV dinners and packet meals.

Many farms have there own produce for sale, usually at a cheaper price than the store, they taste much better and are healthier due to the lack of additives.

My point is shopping around and making meals yourself will definitely save you money.

Reduce your Bills Tip #4

Virtually every magazine or newspaper has a money off voucher in it, use them.

If you don't buy magazines and newspapers ask your friends and family for theirs.

Go online and Google search "money off vouchers" or "money off coupons" there are numerous sites dedicated to bringing you the best deals around.

Another great way of saving money is visiting the corporate websites of food manufacturers, they always have money off vouchers on them and will often send you free sample to try.

Save More Money with Tip #5

If you are anything like me; shopping online for food is a no no; well think again.

Many supermarkets have websites where you can explore virtual aisles, you can get all of your weekly shopping without the cost of travelling to the shop.

Try to find a store that does free home delivery and save even more money.

Another good thing about shopping online and free delivery is that you can often bulk buy and make huge savings; only bulk buy products you will use.

Money savings Tip #6

Have you heard the term "economy of scale"?

Why not start a buying group in your local area. Buying groups have the potential to save you vast amounts of money, the more members you have purchasing the same products the more you save.

Once you have bought your food in bulk and made a saving see what else you can collaborate on and save even more money.

Money Saving Summary

I hope you have found some useful money savings in this article. When I find new ones of course I will add them to this list. I wish you health, happiness and a frugal life.

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Please take a look at my other money saving and money making articles below.

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      remone xavier 

      7 years ago

      YOU can save both time and money by making a well planned list & head to the groceries when they are about to close, say about half n hour or so. This will prevent you to look around and buy unwanted things.

    • Aiden Roberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Aiden Roberts 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      So true, saving money on groceries is not all that difficult if you shop around and break buying habits.

      Thanks so much for your comment.

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      Lisa Knox-Brown 

      7 years ago from Trinidad

      Very good tips, especially when food prices are at an all time high because of worldwide shortages due to floods, droughts, etc.

      Buying seasonal, and locally grown produce in the supermarkets cost much less - just an extension of the point in tip 3 about buying locally from farms :)

    • Aiden Roberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Aiden Roberts 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thats a great point. Psychologists have confirmed that we are more likely to buy products at eye level, don't know why but we do.

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      Germaine Reilly 

      7 years ago

      good, practical tips - thanks.

      Re: store layout, I've noticed that shops put their most expensive items at eye-level, while lower priced items tend to be stacked higher up or lower down.

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