5 ways to save on groceries

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It’s no secret that the price of food is rising.  Each week, I see items go up in price at the grocery store.  For most families, groceries are a big part of their monthly budget.  Here are some tips that you can use to save on groceries each week.

1)Price Match- Walmart is great for price matching.  You tell them a lower price that you have found elsewhere and they will match it.  You can also use coupons on your price matched items, making a great deal. If I find a better sale price at a store that’s 20 minutes in the opposite direction, I can price match it at Walmart and do all of my grocery shopping in one place.  Target will also price match.  Some stores don’t advertise that they price match, but if you ask at the customer service desk, a lot of them will.

2)Use coupons You can literally save hundreds or thousands of dollars each year by using coupons.  Most people don’t want to fuss with using coupons, but let me tell you this…..it’s easy, and doesn’t take me very long.  I have heard stories of people who spend 20 hours a week couponing.  It takes me ten minutes to cut mine out and that’s it.  You don’t need to be an extreme couponer to save money.  I purchase the Saturday Paper that has coupons in it and I print from coupons.com.  Match your coupons to store sales and you’ve got yourself a great deal.

3) Meal plan You will save yourself so much money by making a meal plan every week, and sticking to it.  Shop your cupboards first, use what you have and make a list of everything else you need.  Make sure you stick to your list at the store, it’s easy to get distracted and buy a bunch of stuff that’s not on your list.  This will also cut back your trips to the grocery store.  Before I started meal planning, I would go every couple of days and spend atleast $30-50 each trip.  By making a list, buying what you need for the whole week you’ll cut back on gas, and you’ll cut back on buying stuff you don’t need. Remember, less trips to the store=less money spent.

4) Pay with cash Make a budget for yourself.  Figure out the average that you spend each week on groceries and try to cut back if you can, bring cash only to the grocery store.  If you only pay with cash, you are less apt to overspend.  Dave Ramsey agrees!

5) Make a stockpile with sale items- When items go on sale, or you can match coupons with them, it’s time to stockpile.  I have a cabinet full of toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant etc to last my family a year and the best part…most of the items I paid less than $0.25 each for them.  If you can save money on personal items, it will cut back each month on your grocery budget.  Look at it like this….The average price of Pantene shampoo -$2.99 The price I pay for pantene $0-$0.25 each.  I use about one bottle of shampoo and one bottle of conditioner each month.  That’s $71.76 a year, lets say I pay $0.25 each for them, I pay $6 per year.  Saving me over $65 a year on shampoo and conditioner.  Now take that and apply it to personal care items and groceries and you’ll have a major savings.

It’s not as hard as you think to start saving.  BUT….you have to determine that you CAN start saving.  If you start out with the wrong attitude, you’ll never save.  You CAN do this!

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  1. Excellent list for saving on groceries! I agree with #5….a lot! But don’t over stock. I did that a few times. Let me just say I was tired of certain products after a few months! Thanks for participating in the Fabulously Frugal Thursday Linky Party!

    • Marissa says:

      Sarah, You are so right on overstocking! I still have like 20 cans of tuna fish that we are trying to finish because I got them at a great price and stocked up. We are sooooo sick of tuna fish. I’ll probably end up donating the rest, if I never see a can of tuna in my house again, I would be ok with that! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Not only are prices going up, but packages seem to be getting smaller and smaller.

    Many times people think that using coupons isn’t worth it, but I disagree. Every penny counts, especially if the stores in your area double coupon!

    Thank you for sharing at Wow Me Wednesday!

    • Marissa says:

      You’re right! The packages are getting smaller. I have a recipe that calls for an 18 oz boxed cakemix. I cant even find one. They have all gotten smaller! I agree that every penny counts. Thanks for Thrifty T’s 🙂

  3. This is a great post! For me meal planning and paying with cash are the best ways to save. When I know what we’re eating during the week, my grocery list is always more focused and I buy exactly what we need. Shopping with cash also helps me to keep impulse purchases at a minimum. Thanks for taking the time to make this fabulous list!.

    • Marissa says:

      Andrea, Thanks for stopping by! Impulse purchases are what drive me nuts. Have you ever gone shopping when you are hungry? IMPULSE PURCHASES!! lol. Thanks for your site!! Stop by again. Have a great weekend!

  4. Marissa says:

    wow!! Thanks so much!!

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