Here are 9 Tips that will help you save on groceries!
Set a budget
Without a budget, there is no motivation to save. Set a goal and stick to it. The easiest way to make a budget is to collect your receipts, or use a money manager such as Mint and find out what you’re currently spending. Try subtracting 10-15% from that amount and set that as your budget. If you find that easy, try lowering it even more.
Although it may be tempting to visit the most convenient supermarket near you, shopping at multiple stores gives you access to more sales and potential savings. Instead of wasting gas and time running between stores, be strategic and plan your shopping beforehand. See which store will save you the most this week and do all your shopping there.
Use apps and coupons
In order to find the best deals, use the circulars to plan and compare prices. There are many apps and websites out there such as Flipp and Save (which both have IOS and Android apps) that allow you to clip coupons digitally, and search for the cheapest deals across multiple stores.
Limit impulse buys
Everyone has different habits. Avoid shopping when hungry to avoid buying too much. Some people find that shopping less and doing only a few large pre-planned “stock-up” trips helps to avoid the impulse purchases.
Buy clearance items
Most grocery stores put soon-to-expire items on special clearance. As long as you use them quickly, it should be safe to eat. Any produce that you can’t use up in time can be frozen for future use.
Compare prices online
Amazon has many great deals but don’t fall into the trap of buying things you don’t need simply because they’re on sale. Many online retailers will push up original prices to make sales more attractive. Compare historical prices with sites such as camelcamelcamel.
Don’t waste food.
Try to use all the ingredients you have in your fridge before they go bad. Sites like Supercook and MyFridgeFood help you plan meals with the ingredients currently available to you. You can also reduce the amount of leftover scraps thrown out by serving less on your plate.
Make economical substitutions
Many fruits and vegetables become outrageously expensive when out of season. Try substituting different ingredients with what’s currently the most affordable. Use sunflower seeds or chopped walnuts instead of pine nuts in your pesto, cottage cheese instead of ricotta, and dried herbs instead of fresh.
Look at the price per weight
Although it’s convenient to buy pre-chopped veggies and pre-shredded cheese, the cost may be almost double for the volume of food you’re buying. When deciding between options, always look at the weight, or volume of the product compared to the price.