Quick Tips to Save on Your Groceries

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If your groceries bills are creeping up and it’s not just due to food prices, you’re not alone. Many people don’t optimize their grocery shopping habits to help them get more (quality and quantity) for their hard earned money.

Too many times we’ve been guilty of doing a quick shopping trip on the way home without having a list. We’ve bought needless items or we found out we had the food items at home, just buried deep within the refrigerator.

It is possible to save some money without having to stress yourself out.

Grocery Shopping Tips

If you want to save money, here are some tips to get you started:

Double-Check your Kitchen before you Head Out

If your kitchen is not organized, you’re more than likely to waste your money. You’ll either get duplicates or some of your food will go bad before you find them again. Have a system in place so it’ll only take you 5 minutes or less to see what you’re have and what you need to pick up at the grocery store.

Take Advantage of  “Double Coupon” Days

Check the store’s website for printable coupons and look through those coupon inserts to see if there are any deals on items you typically purchase. Some grocery stores have double coupon days, meaning your savings are even bigger without working one bit harder.

Buy a Chest Freezer

Yes, it is money you have to spend upfront, but if used correct;ly, it’ll help you take advantage of incredible deals and lower your overall food bill.

Eat More Fruits/Veggies

I’m not suggesting you go vegetarian (that’s your choice), but I’m suggesting that you increase your intake of vegetables and fruits and decrease your meat consumption just a bit. Not only is it cheaper, but you can also decrease your calorie intake as well.

Thoughts on Grocery Tips

How do you save money on your food bill? What’s been the biggest adjustment for you and your family?

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  • Julie Anthony Murphy Nov 17, 2011, 11:18 am

    Great ideas!! I just headed out to the store yesterday to stock up on butter, jelly, and juice with my dollar doubler coupons, I was good because I didn’t purchase anything else, just items we needed that were on sale and I had a coupon for!!! 4 pack of butter sticks for only 1.13 each!! and Smuckers Jam for only $1.00 each!!! Stock up at rock bottom prices so you don’t have to run out and get the item at full price!!!

    Must also say that my hubby and I went out on the same day to different grocery stores without knowing it, and we bought the same items!!! Bad Bad!! Needless to say we had a lot of hard boiled eggs that week:)

  • Shaun Fowler Nov 17, 2011, 6:59 pm

    For my family, we’ve figured out what our recipes cost/serving. Our goals is to eat at about $1/serving. That equals $270/month for a family of 3.

  • Forex Trader Nov 25, 2011, 1:12 am

    Before we dive into the full list, a reader pointed out that she saves money on grocery purchases by using credit cards offering cash back or points on grocery purchases.