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Save Money on Food: Food, Coupons, and Frugal Living

Updated on August 28, 2012



Save Money on Food: Food, Coupons, and Frugal Living

Save money on food! This site is dedicated to saving you money on food and other items you purchase at the grocery store. Have you ever watched those shows where people get hundreds or even thousands of dollars worth of groceries and pay almost nothing? Have you wondered if you can do it too or whether it's worth trying? It can be done, but it requires hours and hours of work, much more effort than most people are willing to exert. This site isn't about those kinds of deals, that kind of effort, or those results. Instead, this site is intended to be a useful tool for the average person, a way to save money without spending a week preparing for one grocery trip. Read through all of these free tips, and you might just be able to cut your grocery spending while maintaining a reasonable amount of leisure time.

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Save Money on Food by Playing the Grocery Game

  • You can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year by shopping at lower-priced stores. You pay for convenience, so remember to shop at Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Costco, or any other discount store. Yes, some of these stores require membership fees. Typically, it’s worth the cost, because you’ll end up saving money in the long run.
  • Before shopping, make a list. You’ll spend less on food if you shop with a list, and you’ll be better prepared to take advantage of sales.
  • Comparison shop. Stock up on items with low per-unit costs. Generic or store brands often have far cheaper per-unit costs.
  • Shop alone. You’ll be tempted to spend less.
  • Before shopping, make a budget, and stick to it. Take a calculator to make this happen.
  • Use a water filter rather than purchasing water bottles. Water from water bottles is notoriously inconsistent in quality, because bottled water standards and marketing terminologies are not truly precise. Save money by filtering your own water.
  • Make fewer trips. Small and infrequent trips almost always result in wasteful spending, not to mention a waste of gas and time.
  • Don’t shop when you’re hungry. You’ll be tempted to buy too much food.
  • Plan your meals before shopping. That way, you’ll know exactly what you need, eliminating the need for future trips and wasteful spending.
  • Take inventory of what you already have. Don’t buy duplicate items, because this may result in perfectly good food spoiling.
  • Keep list of items you need in the kitchen.
  • Be flexible! Deviate from your list when you come upon promotions and great deals.
  • At least try generic and store brands. You may find that they are comparable or acceptable. Generic and store brands can often save you a lot of money.
  • Subscribe to the Sunday paper, because it contains coupons that can save you a lot of money if you’re willing to spend a little time sorting and clipping. Also, make sure you check out store circulars for the same reason. In addition to the Sunday paper and store circulars, check out the store’s website for printable coupons. When you do so, don’t print coupons that are worth less than fifty cents. The ink necessary for printing will probably exceed the value you’re saving. For another free and excellent coupon source, check out:
  • Shop stores that have “double coupon” days or add matching.
  • Learn your store’s sale calendar. For example, my primary store renews new deals each Tuesday. By knowing this, I can take advantage of sales that might result in a total clearance.
  • Buy frequently used items in bulk, especially at food clubs like Sam’s Club and Costco.
  • When items are on sale but out of stock, get rain checks.
  • Avoid buying non-grocery items that can be purchased for less at other stores.
  • Be frugal with leftovers. Don’t waste valuable food by forgetting to take it to work for lunch.
  • Eat better, and eat less. Most Americans eat too much. Eat less, and save more. Also, eat more fruits/vegetables. By doing this, you’ll cut back on meats and potentially save a little money.
  • If you live in an area that won’t require much irrigation, plant a garden. Otherwise, water costs will probably outstrip any money saved.
  • Shop at farmer’s markets when possible. There are often good deals available at farmer’s markets.
  • Buy coupons from Ebay, Craigslist, and other Internet sites. You can purchase coupons for pennies on the dollar!
  • Some stores make a lot of pricing mistakes. They also often neglect to give sale deals. Be on the lookout for pricing errors both at the register and after the sale. Look at your receipt. You may be surprised to see how many errors some stores actually make.
  • Place your most expensive items at the end of the conveyor belt. Many stores fail to charge the correct price when you get to the cashier. In fact, numerous studies have confirmed that most stores make a lot of mistakes. Make sure you aren't charged too much by placing your most expensive items or sale items last in your checkout. By doing this, you'll be able to make sure those items ring up correctly, and you won't miss something because you're still unloading your items.

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      Robyn J Williams 6 years ago from Canada

      Great tips!