18 Ways To Lower Your Grocery Bill
Remember when you could buy groceries for your family for less than $100? Now, you’re probably happy if you get out there for less than $200. Economists call it food inflation—you call it wallet-busting.
We scoured the internet and put together a list of ways to save on groceries. If you have a game plan that isn’t on this list, include it in the comments below.
- Don’t randomly buy - Studies show that you’ll spend more if you don’t have a list.
- Grow your own - You may not have room for a full-fledged garden, but buy an herb plant or two.
- Make produce your top priority - Produce is expensive and it goes bad the fastest, so eat (or doing something with) it before all of the non-perishables.
- Find a discount store - Most cities have discount grocery stores that don’t have the frills or selection of the bigger stores but offer everything at lower prices. Look for those.
- Don’t count out drug stores - Keep an eye on those sales ads. Drug stores will often surprise you with great deals you can’t find in grocery stores.
- Get creative with your pantry - You probably have a pantry full of cans that have been there a while. Go online and look for recipes based on those. Food is too expensive to waste.
- Cook and freeze - Cook in larger quantities and freeze the leftovers for future use.
- Only shop once per week - Studies show that people who grocery shop more often purchase more overall. The less you shop the less you’ll spend. Buy everything for the week in one trip.
- Yes, coupons - They still work. You don’t have to spend hours per week trying to be an extreme couponer. Every little bit counts, right?
- Cut your own food - If you purchase cut vegetables, you’re paying up to six times more than doing the work on your own.
- Don’t eat processed food- Not only is it less healthy, it’s more expensive.
- Don’t buy water- Buy a filter instead.
- Don’t buy swanky spices - Those high-priced designer spices are no better than the generic; they’re just twice the price.
- Don’t buy individually-wrapped items - If you’re trying to portion control your food, buy some cheap (generic) resealable bags and portion the food yourself.
- Buy your meat from the deli - Those reusable plastic containers might come in handy, but the meat is much cheaper in the deli.
- Don’t bring your kids - “Can I have this?” leads to a higher grocery bill. Keep your children out of the grocery store.
- Farmer’s Markets! - They’re cheaper, the produce is often cleaner and you’re helping local farmers.
- Buy an extra freezer- Put it in the garage, buy in bulk and watch that freezer pay itself back in no time.
These are only a few of the ways to save. Let us know your favorite tricks!
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