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Does it feel like you are shelling out more money for groceries lately?
It isn’t just a feeling or your imagination. You are paying more for your groceries, a lot more. The cost of meat, eggs, dairy and many staple grocery items have been on the rise.
You know that coffee you made or bought this morning if you think about it the cost to make it or buy has increased too. Good for good, item for item a lot of the stuff we purchase is on the rise.
It is time to learn the strategies to help you save money at the supermarket.
7 money saving strategies to help you save on groceries.
1. Start shopping at more than one store.
Broaden your options and start shopping all your local markets to save money. Include your local farmers, the big bulk buy locations and the small dollar store and mom and pop shops.
Shop your store sales and flyer options and keep an open mind on trying new things.
2. Shop the season.
Purchasing items in season is a smart shopping idea. It means you will save big bucks on produce. You can also freeze the extras to enjoy through out the year.
3. Meal plan and save.
Do you ever stare at the fridge wondering what to cook for dinner only to pick up the phone and order take out? Does food go to waste in your house before you get the opportunity to cook it?
Meal planning will solve both these issues and help you save money. Eating out helped wreck our monthly budget. Once I started meal planning we were eating better and I always knew what was for dinner.
Meal planning helped save us money by providing recipes and shopping lists for the week. No more food waste and last minute meal time stress. Just simple, easy delicious meals. If you are looking for a meal plan take a look at the one we are currently using, it is great.
4. Click and save.
No more clipping coupons to save money at the grocery store. Ibotta is this great app you simply download, shop, click and save. If you are interested in Ibotta you can receive $10 free simply for signing up and giving it a try.
5. Try a different brand.
You may have a certain cereal brand or shampoo you love but the cost is a bit high. Trying a new brand. Try the generic brand. You might be surprised with more than just savings.
In our home we have opted to keep buying a few different generic brands instead of our usual every day items because we have found them more cost effective and we actually like them better.
6. Skip the prepared food aisle.
Stop buying prepackaged, sliced and diced produce and prepared foods. This includes breakfast pastries. I know they look so good and it makes life so easy.
But honestly, you can make that dozen muffins for half the price the grocery store is charging you. And that sliced fruit basket is more than twice the cost of the fruit it contains.
Save the money and start preparing your food at home.
7. Don’t shop hungry.
DO NOT shop the grocery store just before dinner when you are super hungry it may end up in extra items being added to your grocery cart.
Been there done that.
I have spent my budget on food and hit the drive thru on the way home to save time. I have been there and done that. But now I know the strategies to help save me money at the grocery store and honestly I can say I spend half of what I use to on food. Learning simple easy tricks to help you save money is what makes the difference.
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Have a great day,
Saving & Simplicity