Updated: August 25, 2020
We spend a lot of money on food. If you monitor your monthly expenses, you’ll see that it takes up around one-third of your monthly budget.
That’s why if you want to save some money, looking into one’s food or grocery spending can be a good place to start.
In my years of independent living, I have been able to discover and learn some valuable tips on how to save money on groceries. Tips that I’m sharing with you today and hope that you find helpful.
How To Save Money on Groceries
Subscribe to grocery newsletters so you’ll know their current promo items. It’s also a great place to get free coupons. Moreover, try to build your grocery list and menu planning around the discounted items.
Make sure your grocery list is complete before leaving the house. Go through your fridge, cupboards, pantry, and everywhere else to avoid buying things you may still have.
Take time to compare the item prices of the groceries in your area so you know where the cheaper but good quality items that you usually buy are.
Always have a budget and stick to it. The best way to stick to your budget is to bring only enough cash.
Go to the grocery during weekdays and off-peak hours. Because there are fewer people, you’ll have more personal space and feel more comfortable to look at and compare item prices.
Take advantage of membership discounts and affinity programs from grocery stores. See me and my SM Advantage card here. 🙂
Never shop hungry. But also, don’t bring kids along because they tend to make you buy unnecessary items.
Don’t be afraid to buy and try out the store brand. They’re usually the cheapest item on the shelf and some of them do have good quality.
Buy in bulk or choose the bigger package. However, be conscious of your available storage at home. Also, double-check and compute the unit price – some items are surprisingly more expensive in their larger sizes (like a certain coffee brand I know).
On a related note, bring a calculator. Personally, I use my mobile phone because it also has a unit converter application.
Promo deals are always present in groceries. At the meat section, for example, they often have daily or weekly discounted meat items.
Groceries usually put the expensive items at eye level on shelves. Be patient enough to look up and down to find the cheaper brands.
Upon checking out, be attentive to pricing errors at the register. Some items may have the wrong bar code information; the cashier could accidentally input an item twice or the price database could still have the old price instead of the discounted price for items that just went on sale. All of these have happened to me more than once, so remember this tip!
Lastly, don’t forget to join the special promos in the grocery. Claim and fill out those raffle tickets or play at their silly game booths. Who knows, you could win a refrigerator as a did once. 😀
Related Money Saving Tips:
Learn how to cook. It’s healthier and always cheaper to eat at home than going to restaurants.
Cook just enough food for everyone to minimize waste. But also, be creative with your leftovers and plan your next meal around it. Leftover fried chicken? Debone, shred, cut, and make a chicken sandwich.
Have a running list of things you need to buy on your fridge. This will save you time in planning for your next grocery trip.
Invest in containers so you can buy the cheaper refill packages at the grocery. This works best for powdered drinks like juices, coffee and milk; and liquid items such as cooking oil.
If you have a green thumb, start your own vegetable or herb garden in the backyard. Personally, I have basil plants I tend at home.
That’s it! How about you? Any more tips on how to save money on groceries? Do share them below.