As a mom, are you always looking how to save money on groceries?
I’m feeding two growing teen boys.
Our grocery bills sometimes feel astronomical!
5 Ways to Save Money on Groceries
There are some tried-and-true simple ways to save a few bucks during future grocery runs!
One of the easiest ways to spend more money (and time) than you intend to at the store is to go in without a list of items you need.
Spend a few moments considering the meals you’d like to make in the near future then write down exactly which ingredients you need.
Evaluate How Often You’re Shopping
It’s easy to waste food by overbuying perishables like fruits and veggies.
I know I fall for those huge deals at Costco or feel like I have to get the whole month’s worth of groceries all at once.
Going to the store every day is an inefficiency all its own.
Try making a grocery trip once per week on a day you have ample time to think through what you need, how much you need and how long it will last.
Say “No” to Snacks
It might be difficult to avoid the temptation, but skipping the snack aisles can improve your finances and your diet.
While it’s unnecessary to completely eliminate your favorite snacks, limiting your consumption of foods like potato chips, candy and more can save you money and lead to more nutritious eating habits down the line.
I know that when I say I’m going to skip the snacks, I don’t bring home a bunch of junk that will just tempt me throughout the week and that we don’t really need.
Avoid Unnecessary Purchases
Similar to walking past the snack section, pay careful attention to how often you load your cart with items from special stands and end-of-aisle displays.
Those displays are there for a reason – because they work on getting you to buy more!
For one, these foods are unlikely to be part of your “must-have” list, and second, there’s a decent chance some these are specialty items with marked up prices.
Store Food Properly
While it may not directly pertain to shopping, learning how to store the foods you do purchase can help them stay fresh longer, which can help cut down on trips to buy more.
Freezing meat in freezer-safe bags, keeping potatoes in a cool area and other appropriate food storage methods can lead to more efficient use.
And if anyone has great tips on keeping strawberries long, I’m listening!
You can also more food tips and tricks at Culinary.net.