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57 Ways to Save Money on Your Grocery Shopping

Updated: Jan 4

Updated post: 9/5/23

Original post: 7/30/23


1. Create a budget

Knowing how much you can spend will help you keep your spending in check. Explore our Budgeting articles.


2. Make a list

Stick to it and avoid impulse purchases.


3. Buy in bulk

For non-perishable items, buying in bulk often means a lower price per unit.


4. Use coupons

Coupons can offer significant savings.


5. Buy store-brand products

They often taste just as good as brand-name items but cost less.


6. Plan meals for the week

This can help you avoid wasting food and money. Read Meal Planning Like a Man.


7. Shop sales

Buy items when they are on sale and plan meals around those ingredients.


8. Compare unit prices

Sometimes, a larger or smaller package may be a better deal.


9. Shop online

Online prices can sometimes be lower, plus you can easily compare prices.


10. Use cash back or rewards credit cards

Use these judiciously and pay off the balance each month. Read How NOT to Use Credit Cards: Couples Edition.


11. Limit processed foods

They often cost more and provide less nutrition.


12. Grow your own

Start a vegetable garden or herb garden.


13. Buy seasonal produce

Fruits and vegetables are usually cheaper when they're in season.


14. Shop at discount grocery stores

They offer the same products but often at lower prices.


15. Cook at home more often

Eating out or buying prepared meals can add up quickly. Read How to Make 2 Smoked Beef Brisket Suppers that Sizzle.

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16. Use a loyalty program

Many grocery stores offer reward programs for frequent shoppers.


17. Limit trips to the store

The more often you go, the more likely you are to make unplanned purchases.


18. Avoid shopping when you're hungry

You're more likely to make impulse purchases.


19. Freeze leftovers

Don't let good food go to waste.


20. Invest in a deep freezer

This allows you to take advantage of sales on freezable items.


21. Preserve fresh produce

Can, freeze, or dry fruits and vegetables to extend their shelf life.


22. Shop the perimeter of the store

The outer aisles tend to have healthier, less expensive food.


23. Try vegetarian meals

Meat is usually one of the most expensive items in the grocery store.

 

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24. Look at the lower and upper shelves

More expensive items are usually at eye level.


25. Buy whole foods

They are often cheaper and healthier than pre-cut, pre-packaged versions.


26. Don't buy bottled water

Filter tap water instead.


27. Repurpose leftovers

Turn last night's dinner into today's lunch. Read 3 Fast and Easy Recipes for Leftovers.


28. Buy cheaper cuts of meat

Use a slow cooker to make them tender.


29. Shop at farmers markets

You can often find fresher, cheaper produce.


30. Bake your own bread

It's cheaper and more nutritious.


31. Buy dry beans instead of canned

They're cheaper and don't have added sodium.


32. Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program

Pay up front for a season's worth of local, fresh produce.


33. Don't buy pre-packaged meals

They're more expensive and less healthy.


34. Buy spices in bulk

They're cheaper and fresher.


35. Try generic medications

They're just as effective and significantly cheaper.


36. Cook in large batches and freeze portions

This saves both time and money.


37. Reduce waste

Compost food scraps and recycle packaging.


38. Price match

Some stores will match lower prices at competing stores.

 

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39. Use a shopping list app

It can help you organize your shopping and avoid impulse buys.


40. Avoid "convenience" foods

They're more expensive and less healthy.


41. Don't buy single-serving packages

Buy a larger package and divide it up at home.


42. Grate your own cheese

Pre-shredded cheese is more expensive.


43. Make your own snacks

Homemade snacks are usually cheaper and healthier.


44. Roast your own coffee beans

It's cheaper and fresher.


45. Buy eggs

They're a cheap source of protein.


46. Use a slow cooker

It can make cheaper cuts of meat tender and tasty.


47. Brew your own beer or make your own wine

If you enjoy these regularly, making your own can be a significant cost saving.


48. Stop buying disposable items

Invest in reusable items like shopping bags and water bottles.


49. Make homemade soup

It's a great way to use up leftover ingredients.


50. Learn to can and pickle foods

This can save money and add variety to your meals.


51. Try bartering with neighbors

Trade your excess garden produce for something they have.


52. Join a bulk buying club

Wholesale stores offer lower prices for bulk items.


53. Buy frozen fruits and vegetables

They're often cheaper and just as nutritious as fresh.


54. Make your own salad dressings and sauces

They're cheaper and healthier.


55. Learn to use every part of the food

For example, leftover chicken bones can be used to make stock. Read Plan 3 Different Meals from One Pork Shoulder.


56. Create an emergency pantry

Stock up on non-perishables when they're on sale to avoid paying full price when you run out.


57. Don't forget about dried fruits and vegetables

They're often cheaper and have a longer shelf life than fresh.


It's not about implementing all these ideas at once, but rather about finding a few that fit into your lifestyle and can lead to significant savings over time.

 

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