How To: Save on Groceries

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.

Where’s your favorite place to grocery shop? Tell me below!


Grocery List Essentials

FM1Grocery shopping is actually one of my favorite times of the week. Some people may find that getting organized and making a list can be tedious, I’ve come up with some grocery list essentials to help you! This way you’ll never be without healthy options to keep you full throughout the week.

First, check out my list of pantry staples. These are things that you should always have on hand and should replenish when out or running low. Check these off and add what is low or out to your shopping list. Second, add extra ingredients to your list for special recipes you plan to make during the week and a couple extra healthy snacks if desired. Third, take this list to the store with you! Never go grocery shopping without a plan.

With my list of pantry staples and grocery list essentials you will be able to have delicious, healthful meals and snacks all week long.

Tip #1: Don’t go to the grocery store hungry! This may cause you to buy unnecessary and unhealthful items.

Tip #2: Try to get most of your groceries from the perimeter of the store. This is where you will find all your fresh items. Only go to the middle for shelf-stable pantry staples.

Tip #3: Read the label! If you’re trying something new or are wondering if an item is healthful make sure you read the nutrition facts label. Check the serving size to make sure it’s a reasonable portion and double or triple the numbers depending on how much you usually eat to get accurate nutrition information.

pantry staples

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What’s the one food item you can’t live without? Tell me below!