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Save Money on Groceries Without Coupons

Updated on July 24, 2012
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Are you tired of reading that the only way to save money on groceries is to use coupons? Couponing has indeed become very popular and there are many ways to save money using coupons. However, coupons are not the only way to reduce your monthly grocery bill. If you eat mostly whole, unprocessed food, you will actually find that there are not many coupons for these items. So how do you still eat healthy and spend less in the grocery store?

Shop the Sales in the Store Circulars

First of all, only buy what is on sale at your grocery store. Get the grocery store circular and read through it to discover the sale items. If potatoes are buy one bag, get one bag free, buy some potatoes that week. If strawberries are $4 a pint instead of the $2 sale price, don’t buy strawberries. Being aware of the items on sale, and only buying those items, can save you a lot of money in the long run. However, this step is difficult if you or a family member has a lack of self control. If you really want steaks one week and they are not on sale, you must have the discipline to wait until a sale week.

Make a Menu Plan

One of the best ways to save money on groceries is to make a menu plan for the week, or even the whole month, before you go to the grocery store. Make a list of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Go through all of the recipes for each meal, and make a grocery list from the ingredients. Put snacks and beverages on your grocery list as well. This will keep you from running to the grocery store in the middle of the week because you forgot eggs for one of your recipes.

The best way by far to save money on groceries is to combine menu planning with shopping the grocery store sales. This combination creates a two for one punch on your grocery spending. With this method, you build your menu around what is on sale at the grocery store. So not only are you only buying what you need for your meals for the week, you are buying the sale items.

Freeze or Preserve Produce

Another way to save money, especially in the winter months, is to freeze or preserve, through canning, the produce that is on sale in the spring, summer, and fall. In the winter, a lot of fresh produce is quite expensive, since it is not in season and must be shipped to your grocery store from halfway around the world. Instead, put away seasonal produce when it is at its rock bottom price. Freeze berries in the summer months when they are less than $2 a pound, and make canned homemade applesauce in the fall when apples are quite cheap.

Shop Once a Month

Finally, one way to save money on groceries is to only do your major grocery shopping once a month. This will reduce the number of grocery trips, which also reduces the amount of money you spend on frivolous purchases in the grocery store. Once a month shopping does not mean you never go to the grocery store after that first trip though. You can still go to the grocery store once a week or every other week to pick up perishable items like produce, milk, eggs, and bread. However, the majority of your groceries should be bought in that one monthly trip, approximately 70-80% of your monthly grocery budget. The remaining 20-30% of your grocery budget will be spent on the trips for perishable groceries. This means that you have to plan ahead, possibly even menu planning for an entire month, but this technique can help save you a lot of money.

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