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Lowering your grocery budget is easier than you think.
I have got some amazing ways for you to save money at the grocery store and they are all real easy to do.
What is the one thing that you think costs you the most money at the grocery store? What do you do while grocery shopping that adds money to the bill? Do you aimlessly shop the store? Do you shop without a list? Do you shop hungry?
Think about it what do you do that adds more stuff and more costs to your grocery bill? In our house it is food allergies, lack of time and forgetting the grocery list. I am the worse for checking the flyers for sales, this is why I love online shopping. The flyer is right there while you shop and click.
Did you know that the grocery store plans for you to spend more money than you need to?
Ever wonder why the fresh flowers are placed at the front of the store or why the bakery is just beyond what you need? Marketing. Stores are marketing to get you to spend more money and to go over your grocery budget. Yes, there are some great grocery stores out there that save us lots of money but they are also in the business of making money and in order for them to make money we need to spend money.
Five ways stores help you spend your hard earned money.
- Sales that aren’t really sales. Marking up items then placing them on sale or advertising the item as being on sale and enticing you to buy it when really it is just regular price.
- Placing the bakery, the deli and the dairy departments at the back of the store causing you to pass all sorts of items on your way to get milk or bread or dinner meat.
- Case lot sales, bulk buys. Are you really going to use that 1 gallon container of mustard? The store doesn’t know but they will promote it so you think you will.
- End caps, hanging displays, eye level shelving. The grocery store places yummy looking, must have items on end caps and at eye level hoping you will buy.
- Item placement. Does a cookie display really belong in the milk department? It does if it prompts you to buy cookies to have with your milk.
Grocery stores are adding more and more ways to entice you into spending money and adding items to your cart. The one that gets me is placing children’s books and toy cars on the ends of aisle. And yes I have fallen victim to this grocery cart add. I have added a few books to my grocery buggy over the years but I can say at least we read and enjoyed them. What have you added to your cart that wasn’t on your list?
How to lower your grocery bill and start saving money.
You can save money at the grocery store. In fact you can lower your grocery bill by a quarter if not a half if you shop with a plan and learn a few great saving tips. If you are looking to learn more about saving money on your grocery budget checkout the grocery budget workshop. Erin the host of the Grocery Budget Workshop has helped a record number of people save money on groceries and she knows her way around the grocery store.
10 Ways To Lower Your Grocery Budget:
- Always shop with a grocery list, your grocery budget cash envelope and a plan.
- Checkout the store flyers, the store sales and coupon offers before you go shopping.
- Meal plan your meals and shop according to the foods you will need.
- Avoid the store marketing tactics we spoke about above.
- Stockpile sale items. Bulk buying items you know you are going to use is a great way to save money.
- Try cooking meatless meals once or twice a week. Add a beans and rice meal into your meal plan to save money.
- Cook from scratch and avoid the processed foods. Bake your own breakfast muffins and pastries and avoid added costs.
- Buy cheaper meat cuts and use a slow cooker to tenderize the meat and create yummy meals.
- Shop multiple stores. Each store has a different deal on items, some may offer great produce prices others may offer great meat prices. Shop around.
- Don’t be brand specific. I know we all love our brands, but you can save money buying generic or purchasing the brand on sale.
My favorite ways to save money on groceries.
Is to meal plan. I know it sounds corny but I love meal planning I love knowing what’s for dinner before the day starts. I know by mid day the boys in the house will ask what’s for dinner and 98% of the time I will have an answer for them. Meal planning helps me save money by having all the right ingredients in the house. I am not wasting money buying foods that won’t be eaten or go to waste sitting in the fridge.
I also save money by shopping around a few different stores where I know the prices are cheaper. I bulk buy the items I know we use on a regular basis. Like when toilet paper goes on sale 75% off. I will opt for a cheaper brand if it means saving a large amount of money.
I have also gotten into the habit of cooking and baking more which cuts down on the costs of to go meals in our house. We have found some great breakfast to go recipes we like and cooking from scratch isn’t that hard even with food allergies. You just need to plan and make time.
There are lots of ways to save money at the grocery store more than the ones we have listed here. To learn more about ways to cut your grocery budget checkout the Grocery Budget Workshop.
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Are you looking to get your finances under control and learn how to budget? You can get our free budgeting printable here. Another great resource for budgeting and learning all the ins and outs of personal finance is The Total Money Makeover. This book changed our personal finances for the better and is a must read.
If you have read my blog before you have heard me talk about MyFreezEasy meal plans and how much I love them. You have also heard me talk about all the time and money meal planning saves me. I use to choose take out or drive thru coffee or dinner at a restaurant after a long hard day. Learning to meal plan effectively helped curb that habit and now we are enjoying yummy homemade meals that our family love.
Is your grocery budget stressing you out? Are you trying to figure out how to feed our family healthy meals while you watch the price of groceries rise? You are not alone.
The Grocery Budget Workshop taught me how to save money at the grocery store. It taught me how to cook efficiently, manage a grocery budget, shop sales and coupon quickly. It also taught me how to save over $700 a month on items our family really didn’t need.
Are you ready to earn money while you shop? Yes, I said earn money while you shop. Have you heard of Ibotta? Earn cash back on everyday purchases. Simple select the items you will be shopping for in your easy handheld app, go shopping, redeem your rebates and earn cash. Simple and easy.
Have an amazing day,
Saving & Simplicity