Grocery shopping can be a headache for penny savers.But for penny savers, it doesn't have to be a budget busting nightmare. I have included seven tips below to help you save money at the grocery store. Feel free to add your own grocery saving tips in the comment section.
1.You should always check out the store advertisement before you go to the grocery store.
Your trip to the grocery store should begin before you arrive on the grocery store parking lot.You should check the weekly grocery advertisement before you go.Many grocery stores have their advertisement online and some delivery to homes free of charge.
2. Your shopping list should be based on what's on sale.
Your list should include items on sale at the grocery store for the week.For example, if the grocery store has chicken thighs on sale at a low price, buy chicken thighs and plan your meals around chicken thighs. The same principal applies for any other item.
3. Don't go to the grocery store hungry.
Yeah I know it sounds easy.However, a lot of people go grocery shopping hungry and they are usually the ones with items in their baskets that they do not need or they purchase impulse items at the register.Eat before your shop.
4.Be a vegetarian, for a day.
Try to have one or two meals without meat. Why? Look at the price of meat in the grocery store and check out the price of a bag of beans, or a bag of rice, or even pasta. You can make a great pot of spaghetti with marinara sauce. Calculate how much money you would save by going meatless for a day or two.Also, the extra veggies in your diet will be good for you.
5. Don't over look the frozen food section.
The frozen food section is where a lot of high price food items live. But hidden in the frozen food section, is one of the best places to find low cost items that bought fresh would cost you more, most of the time. I'm talking about frozen fruit. Now, I don't mean fruit in syrup or flavored fruit. I'm talking about bagged frozen fruit without sugar. Compare and see if it's a better deal than it's fresh counter part. I have found, frozen strawberries to be a lot cheaper than fresh strawberries. However, check for yourself, it maybe different for you.
6. Try the bakery section
No, don't go there to buy high priced cakes and other baked goods. In every grocery store I've been in, there is a bakery section and off to the side there is usually a rack with discounted baked goods. No, I don't want you to buy that discounted birthday cake.But, you should take a look at the bread they usually have marked down. I have found loaves of bread marked down to 25 cents. Take a peek in the bakery section with caution, you don't need that marked down cake.
7.The Bargain Bin
Most stores have them and they probably won't tell you that they do. It is usually in the back of the store off to the side, the bargain rack. Usually you will find items that are heavily discounted for varies reasons. I have recently found premium olive oil for $2 and pasta for 40 cents a box. Also, don't forget to check out the bargain section in the produce aisle.
What are some of your money saving tips for shopping at the grocery store?