Saving money on groceries is important for everyone. It's one of the four walls, which are housing, utilities, transportation, and food. These are the essential expenses that everyone has to pay. But there are ways to save money on groceries without sacrificing quality or nutrition.
In this video, I'm going to share 12 ways to cut your grocery bill in half. But I want to hear from you too. What are your best tips for saving money on groceries? Share them in the comments below.
Tip 1 - Use the Grocery Store App
Most grocery stores have an app that you can use to find deals and coupons. This is a great way to save money on groceries without having to clip coupons or search for deals. You can also use the app to make a shopping list and see how much you're spending as you go.
One thing I don't recommend is paying extra for grocery delivery services. While they may be convenient, they can add up quickly and eat into your savings. Instead, consider using the app to order your groceries for pickup. Many stores offer this service for free or for a small fee.
You can also download multiple grocery store apps and compare prices before you shop. This way, you can make sure you're getting the best deal on everything you need.
And don't forget about discount grocery stores like Aldi and Trader Joe's. They may not have apps, but they often have great deals on everyday items.
Tip 2 - Meal Planning
I love meal planning! It saves me so much time and money during the week. Every Sunday night, I sit down with my family and plan out our meals for the week. We look at what we already have in the pantry and fridge, then make a list of what we need to buy.
This helps us avoid buying things we don't need and wasting food that we already have. It also makes it easier to stick to our budget because we know exactly what we're going to eat each day.
If you're not sure where to start with meal planning, check out the link in the description for a free meal planning tool that can help you get started.
Tip 3 - Choose Generic Brands
One of the easiest ways to save money on groceries is by choosing generic brands over name brands. In most cases, the generic version is just as good as the name brand, but it costs a lot less.
For example, I always buy generic laundry detergent, sour cream, and eggs. I've never noticed a difference in quality, but I've definitely noticed a difference in price.
Tip 4 - Find Cheap Protein Options
Protein can be one of the most expensive parts of your grocery bill, but there are ways to find cheap options. One of my favorite strategies is buying protein in bulk at wholesale stores like Costco or Sam's Club.
For example, I buy chicken breasts in bulk at Costco and freeze them in individual portions. This saves me a lot of money compared to buying smaller packages at my local grocery store.
You can also ask your local grocery store about meat markdowns. Most stores will mark down meat that is close to its sell-by date, and this can be a great way to save money on high-quality protein.
Another strategy is playing TAPL! TAPL is a game that my family loves playing together. It's a fun way to spend time together while also saving money on groceries.
Here's how it works: Each player takes turns drawing cards from the deck and following the instructions on the card. Some cards will give you discounts on certain items (like meat or produce), while others will give you extra points if you choose generic brands or buy items in bulk.
The goal is to get as many points as possible by making smart shopping decisions. At the end of the game, whoever has the most points wins!
TAPL is available at Walmart, so be sure to check it out and let me know what you think in the comments below.
Tip 5 - Avoid Unnecessary Purchases
It's easy to get caught up in sales and promotions at the grocery store, but it's important to avoid unnecessary purchases if you want to save money. Even if something is on sale, ask yourself if you really need it before adding it to your cart.
One strategy that helps me avoid unnecessary purchases is making a list before I go shopping and sticking to it as much as possible. This helps me stay focused and avoid impulse buys that can add up quickly.
Tip 6 - Buy Produce in Season
Produce can be expensive, especially if you're buying fruits and vegetables that are out of season. To save money, try buying produce when it's in season and therefore cheaper.
For example, berries are usually more affordable in the summer months when they're in season. You can buy extra and freeze them for later use when they're more expensive.
You can also look for frozen fruits and vegetables as an alternative when fresh produce is too expensive or not available.
Tip 7 - Use Breakfast Foods Strategically
Breakfast foods like eggs, oatmeal, and yogurt are often cheaper than dinner items like meat or fish. Consider using breakfast foods as cheaper alternatives for dinner occasionally to save money on groceries.
For example, instead of having steak for dinner every night (which can get expensive), try having eggs or oatmeal once or twice a week instead.
This simple swap can add up over time and help you save money without sacrificing nutrition or flavor.
Tip 8 - Buy Bulk Items at Wholesale Stores
If there are items that you use frequently (like toilet paper, paper towels, or cleaning supplies), consider buying them in bulk at wholesale stores like Costco or Sam's Club.
While there may be an upfront cost for buying in bulk, it can save you money in the long run because the cost per unit is usually lower than buying smaller quantities at your local grocery store.
Just be sure that you have enough storage space for bulk items before you buy them!
Tip 9 - Freeze Extra Food Portions
If you find yourself throwing away food because it goes bad before you can eat it all, consider making extra portions and freezing them for later use.
For example, if you make a big pot of soup or chili for dinner one night, freeze individual portions in resealable bags or containers so that you can enjoy them later without having to cook again from scratch.
This not only saves you time but also helps reduce food waste and saves money by stretching your meals further.
Tip 10 - Try Going Meatless Occasionally
Meat can be one of the most expensive items on your grocery bill. By reducing your meat consumption even just a little bit each week (or month), you could potentially save hundreds of dollars per year on groceries!
- If you typically spend $100 per week on groceries (including $25 on meat), cutting out meat entirely could save you $1,200 per year.
- If you typically spend $200 per week on groceries (including $50 on meat), cutting out meat entirely could save you $2,400 per year.
- If you typically spend $300 per week on groceries (including $75 on meat), cutting out meat entirely could save you $3,600 per year.
- And so on...
Even if going completely vegetarian isn't realistic for your lifestyle or dietary preferences, consider trying "Meatless Mondays" as a starting point!
Tip 11 - Take Inventory Before Shopping
Before heading out to do your weekly shopping trip take inventory of what's already in your pantry/fridge/freezer so that nothing goes bad before being used up! This will help prevent duplicate purchases which will ultimately save money over time by reducing waste from expired products sitting around unused while new ones are purchased unnecessarily due lack awareness about what was already available at home when making decisions about what needs restocking next time around etc...
Also get creative with what's already available! For example if there's leftover rice from last night's dinner then use it as base for stir fry tonight instead of cooking new batch fresh...or if there's some veggies about go bad then throw them into soup pot along with whatever else might be lying around waiting its turn before hitting garbage bin etc...
Tip 12 - Use EveryDollar Budgeting App
EveryDollar is an app that I use every day to track my spending and stay within my budget. It's super easy to use and has helped me save thousands of dollars over the years by keeping me accountable for my spending habits.
With EveryDollar, I can see exactly how much I have left in my budget for groceries each month based on my income and expenses. This helps me avoid overspending and stay within my means without feeling deprived.
I highly recommend EveryDollar if you want to take control of your finances and start saving more money today!
- Use grocery store apps
- Meal plan
- Choose generic brands
- Find cheap protein options
- Play TAPL
- Avoid unnecessary purchases
- Buy produce in season
- Use breakfast foods strategically
- Buy bulk items
- Freeze extra food portions
- Try going meatless
- Take inventory before shopping
- Use EveryDollar