Around the holidays I’m always looking for ways to save money so I can splurge on holiday festivities. Saving money on groceries can be done and these tips can be used anytime. Personally, I use most of these tips especially the meal prepping and stocking up on bulk items. Cooking for one can be tough and it can be tempting to waste food, but planning ahead can help avoid that.
Top 10 Tips to Save on Groceries
- Stick to your list – Always, always, always go to the grocery store with a list! This will help prevent you from throwing things in your cart that you don’t need. When making your list be sure to assess your refrigerator and pantry for items you may already have.
- Don’t go hungry – I’m sure you’ve heard this one before. Don’t go to the grocery store on an empty stomach. You will be tempted to add extras to your cart that you don’t need!
- Buy in bulk – If you have the space to store bulk items then you have an advantage. Buying in bulk lowers the price of many items such as dried beans and lentils, rice, quinoa, nuts and seeds, pasta, etc.
- Buy in season produce – In season produce will always be cheaper than out of season produce. Plus it will be much more fresh and flavorful. Bonus!
- Buy generic brands – Each grocery store chain has their own generic brands. These products are generally cheaper than name brand items and will still give you what you’re looking for.
- Don’t buy toiletries – The prices of toiletries are spiked at grocery stores! While it may seem convenient to pick them up while grocery shopping it will hurt your total. Save toiletries for a trip to Target or another store.
- Avoid prepared foods – Prepared foods include all those pre-made meals at the deli counter, as well as fruits and vegetables that are already cut. If you simply spend some time on Sunday prepping your fruits and veggies and other meals for the week you can save some cash.
- Stock up the freezer – This goes along with avoiding prepared foods. If you meal prep on Sunday freeze some meals for the week or month. Buy meat and seafood in bulk and pre-portion and freeze that as well.
- Take reusable bags – Most places give a few cents back for using reusable bags. While this isn’t a huge saving technique it helps! You can also donate the cents you get back from using reusable bags to good causes at some grocery stores.
- Stock up on sales – Don’t be afraid to use coupons as well. Sign up for coupon booklets and pick up your grocery stores sale flyer to plan meals around what’s on sale. You can always find fruits, vegetables, and protein on sale each week. Make it fun and come up with creative meals around sales and coupons.
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