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Some of you may have had reduce spending as part of your New Year’s resolution. With food costs increasing and the recent government shutdown had many scrambling to make ends meet, grocery spending can be one of the first things that you can reduce your spending on. Here are some easy tips that can get you started!
Budget, Budget, Budget
Do you know how much you spend a week/month on groceries? Most people do not. Keep track for one month of how much you spend. Make it a goal the following month to spend 5-10% less than the previous month. Check your receipts and see what you could of spent less on, got on sale etc.
This is one of the easy ways to save on your grocery bill! Coupons are available everywhere now- newspaper, internet, stores, you can even request coupons from companies! Printable coupon sites like Kellogg’s Family Rewards, Coupons.com, and SmartSource.com. Make sure to use your coupons when items are on sale to maximize your savings.
Purchase meat/produce when on sale/in season
Boneless, Skinless chicken breasts can cost up to $4/lb when not on sale, however, when I see it for $1.99/lb or less-I stock up! I only purchase chuck roast for example when I see it on sale. Sometimes I purchase two and will freeze one. Start keeping track of about 20 items that you purchase the most and what price you paid. When you see it priced lower, stock up on it!
I cannot stress this one enough! I notice that weeks when I do not meal plan or have an idea of what I want to eat for dinner, I end up eating out or spending more money at the grocery store. I have a recipe binder of 20 recipes that I make the most often and will plan my meals based on what is on sale that week.
Make a list and stick with it!
What happens when you go to the grocery store without a list? You end up purchasing more items than planned and you still forget to purchase that one item that you needed! When I make my grocery list, I plan it based on the layout of the store. This avoids me from wandering into other aisles.
Use rebate apps
If you don’t like using paper coupons, there are several apps that you can use to save on your grocery bill. Apps like Ibotta, SavingStar, Checkout51 are all apps that help you earn cash back on your grocery purchases!
Sign up for your grocery stores loyalty programs/emails
Make to sign up for your store loyalty programs if they offer one as you can score savings when you use their card. Places like Kroger will mail you coupons every few months based on what you purchase!
Download your grocery store apps
Shop at stores that allow “Stacking”
Did you know that Publix allows you to “stack coupons”? Stacking coupons is when you can combine a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon on an item! For example, if Crest toothpaste is on sale for $3 at Publix and you have a $1 off Crest Toothpaste Publix Coupon and a $1 off Crest manufacturer coupon, you can use both to get $2 off any pay only $1! Target and CVS allow stacking as well. Check your store’s coupon policy for more details.
Shop at stores like ALDI and LIDL
I do a majority of my shopping at ALDI-they have low prices on their product, canned goods, and dairy products and no coupons needed! If you have an ALDI and/or LIDL near you, check out my reviews on ALDI and LIDL!
Applying several or all of these tips can help you reduce your grocery bill! The extra money that you have saved can be applied towards your debt, vacation fun, a day at the spa etc. I have been couponing all of my life and I can imagine paying full price for anything these days!
What other tips do you have to save on your grocery bill?