Do you feel like you spend more on groceries each month than anything else? I can’t stand the thought of spending hundreds of dollars on groceries only to have them be gone in a week or two. I’ve scoured the web for ways to save money on groceries so that you don’t have too. Here are some easiest ways to save money at the grocery store.
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If you’ve searched for ways to save money on groceries I’m sure you’ve heard of the show Extreme Couponers. I’m amazed that some of those people get their groceries either for free or have the store owe them money. I don’t take my money-saving that far. Besides the fact that I don’t have the time to spend hours clipping coupons, I don’t have the space to store thousands of items in my home. I’m not a fan of stockpiling my groceries since we are a military family and move often. I do stockpile a few items when I find them on sale such as hygiene products and household products. If I find a great deal on body wash or trash bags I take full advantage and buy enough to last a few months.
There are a few things I’ve started doing that have cut our grocery bill.
Meal planning. When our meals are planned out we don’t have wasted food in our refrigerator. I’m sure its happened to you, you open the fridge to make dinner and find that your chicken or steaks are expired. By planning out my meals I make sure to use the meat and produce before it’s no good.
Shop my pantry. When I’m making a grocery list I look in the pantry, fridge and freezer to see what I already have. By making my grocery list according to items I already have I save money. Check out my free meal planning printables here.
Get and use money saving apps. Smartphones have made saving money so simple. While I’m making my grocery list I keep the stores website open to their sales and deals, and check my apps for saving and cash back.
Coupons. I don’t use coupons often because there don’t seem to be coupons for the items that I need or use. Seriously, don’t buy things just because they are on sale or you have a great coupon.