The Best Ways to Save Money on Groceries

One of my biggest ongoing expenses is my weekly grocery trip.  While, I certainly can’t stop eating, there are a few hacks I have discovered that have helped me to cut costs each week.  Over the course of a month and year, those savings add up to significant savings.  Here are the best hacks to save big on your grocery bill.

Plan Ahead

Before you head out to the grocery store, be sure to take time to meal plan for the week.  Check your pantry to see what ingredients you already have so you can avoid buying items you already have or letting items go to waste.  When you arrive at the store, stick to the list and avoid impulse buys.  Junk food and snack food items can add up quick and lack substance.  Limit how much of these items you buy and opt for healthy, bulk options instead.

Buy Store Brand or Generic

You can save substantial money simply by switching to store brands and generics.  Many foods, cleaning items, and other household items are the same or comparable to the big label names.  While the quality is just the same on many generic items, the prices are much lower, adding up to huge savings for your family.

Utilize Coupons

Coupons can add up to significant savings, even if they are only for small amounts.  Avoid falling into the trap of only buying an item because you have a coupon for it.  Instead first make your shopping list, then clip coupons that can save you money on the items you need.

Shop Less Frequently

The less often you frequent the store, the less likely you are to buy items you don’t really need.  The old adage of out of sight, out of mind rings very true.  You will be less likely to want for things you don’t need, if you are not regularly exposed to them.  Instead try to cut back your trips to bi-weekly or even monthly.

Watch for Sales

While you can save a lot of money with store brands and generics, be sure to be aware of sale items.  Many times, stores run promotions on name brand items for less than the generic.  Watch for advertised sales and be sure to frequent the store when they are running store wide sales.

Choose Wisely Where You Shop

Simply shopping at stores that offer lower prices can add up to big savings.  Budget stores such as Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Save A Lot, and Aldi’s offer great items for much less than other grocery stores.  Be sure to utilize dollar stores for certain items, such as spices, that sell for a fraction of the cost of your local grocery store.