With the price of groceries on the rise and the size of packaging decreasing, the need to save money at the grocery store is essential to maintain a healthy household budget. In today’s post, we share a few tips and tricks that will help you lower that enormous grocery bill.
Know your budget. Before you leave the house, track your other household expenses. This will give you a real picture of how much money can actually be in your grocery budget.
Prepping meals. Planning your meals for the week or even the month will help you write your shopping list. That way you can stay focused on what you should be buying not eliminate the junk.
Make a list, check it twice. Santa Claus isn’t the only person that uses lists. Again, make a grocery list with a price estimate to see what you need and the cost. Here’s a smart, interactive grocery list template by the USDA.
Find Bargain Groceries at Bargain Grocery Stores. Aldi, Lidl, and Trader Joe’s may not be the most fabulous shopping experiences, but you can surely find some good deals on their house brands and even a few national brands.
Leave the Distractions at Home…and that includes your spouse! Kids, spouses, roommates, and boos and baes can all be a distraction to the grocery shopping experience by nagging you to buy things you really don’t need. If you can leave them at home, you might be able to save a few dollars.
Don’t go on an Empty Stomach. When you’re hungry, everything looks yummy! Remember, you are shopping on a budget and cannot afford to spend your money on useless merchandise. Eating a few mints before shopping or chewing gum can help relieve your hunger pains.
Shop at Warehouse Stores. Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s are warehouse clubs that offer some surprising deals on produce, meats, breads, beverages, and dry foods. Make sure you have enough storage and freezer space or you can be saving and wasting money at the same time.
Farmer’s Market. Most large cities and rural towns have a farmer’s market. If you’re in the Atlanta area, you might be familiar with the DeKalb Farmer’s Market. Don’t know where you local farmer’s market is? Use this tool by the USDA to help you find local farmers market.
Multiple Stores, Multiple Deals. Shop at multiple stores to determine which stores have exclusive deals and lower prices on certain products. While one store has reasonable meat prices, another store might have exceptional produce deals.
There’s an App for that! Kroger and Walmart offer excellent mobile apps that allow you to shop, find sales and coupons, compare prices between stores. Search your phone’s app store for your local grocery store’s app. Chances are the app will have coupons, weekly ads, and virtual shopping carts.
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Stay tuned for next week’s Money Saving Tips.