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Is 2020 your year to discover new ways to save money on groceries?
Has your grocery spending gotten you down? Have you noticed an increase in your grocery costs? Are you looking for ways to tighten the budget but still eat healthy enjoyable foods?
Saving money on groceries is one of the easiest places to tighten your expenses. And it’s so easy to do, you can start today!
5 new ways to save money on groceries in 2020
1. Order your groceries online
Take advantage of the services you have available to help you save money and time. Most grocery stores do online ordering, delivery and pick up. The advantage to online ordering is you can track your budget and avoid the 5 grocery store money saving mistakes. When you shop in store you don’t know the true value of the items in your cart unless you shop with a calculator. Online you can see your running total knowing when you’ve gone over budget or when to choose a cheaper option. Shopping online also keeps you from adding tempting items into your cart.
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2. Make meal planning second nature
Regular meal planning can save you money. I’ll admit I never used to meal plan. I used to open the fridge or freezer when I got home from work a cook the easiest meal possible. Or I would take the nearest take out exit on the drive home. Which cost us our budget!
Meal planning saves you both time and money. Plus when you know what you’re cooking you know what to buy at the grocery store. This means you aren’t buying food you don’t need. When you have a meal plan you can make every penny of your grocery budget count.
Meal planning can be as easy as writing down your favorite meals each day on your calendar or if you need inspiration you can use a meal planning service. We use MyFreezeasy meal planning to stock our freezer full of yummy family friendly meals. In fact they can show you how to stock your freezer in under an hour with recipes, tips and grocery lists. Our family uses their gluten free, Keto and Paleo meal plans and they are amazing.
3. Imperfect foods
Have you ever noticed when you go grocery shopping all your oranges are perfectly round and your carrots are all “normal”? But if you shopped your local farmers market your produce might have a slight imperfection. These slight imperfections are your secrets to savings.
Most grocery stores are now carrying slightly imperfect produce due to high food costs and food waste issues. These slightly misshaped foods still taste the same (if not better) for a fraction of the cost.
Another great way to save money on produce is to invest in your local CSA farmers market produce boxes. You get farm fresh (sometimes imperfect) produce straight from the farm at frugal prices.
4. Buying meat on sale
Or make friends with your local butcher and buy meat by the portion. Meat is often one of the most expensive items in your grocery cart so buying it when it goes on sale is a great savings plan. Watch your meat sale cycle. Most store flyers will have a sales cycle. Meaning every so many weeks the same item will come on sale again, or around holiday time baking items and turkeys will go on sale.
Purchasing meat during weekly sales by volume and freezing it will help you save money. For example chicken breasts are on sale this week if you can stock up and freeze extra you are saving more money.
The same goes for purchasing meat by portion directly from the farm. You are buying a large volume of meat with the intention of it feeding your family for a while and saving a huge amount of money. We just did this with a half pig and our pound for pound price worked out to $2.20 per pound on everything hams, bacon, ribs, pork loin and more. This is way cheaper than buying pork in the grocery store, but in order to get this price we needed to buy by volume and freeze the meat. You can learn all the other things you can freeze to save money here.
5. Shop around
There is no need to be loyal to one store or another. Shop around to get the best deal. Shop your local discount retailer. Shop the local bakery or produce market. Discover new and exciting meal ideas at your local ethnic market. Does your dollar store sell food?
Throw store loyalty out the window and make saving money your new loyalty card. Shop around, buy generic, bulk buy. Keep a pricing book and keep track of the regular prices and sale prices at your different retailers. Buy items on sale and in season to save more money.
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