10 tips to help you save money on your grocery bill
Have you ever noticed how much money you spend buying groceries? Have you ever gone into a grocery store wanting to buy a couple of items and leaving with more items then you intended to buy. You will never cut out your grocery bill but there are several ways you can cut your grocery bill down. Below are 10 tips to help you save money on your grocery bill.
- Become a loyalty shopper. Sign up for the loyalty program for the places you shop the most. Loyalty programs gets you access to coupons and store deals.
- Buy in bulk. Buy nonperishable items in bulk. These items don’t spoil and buying them can save money in the long run since you won’t have to buy the items all the time.
- Shop once a week. You save more when you shop less. If you plan to shop once a week, you can save on gas and reduce the chance of impulse buying.
- Plan ahead and have an amount in mind. Go to the grocery store with a list. Look in your pantry and refrigerator to see what you need before you go to the store. Browse prices online. Looking at prices ahead of time will give you an idea about how much an item should cost before you get to the store.
- Don’t go shopping while hungry. Shopping on an empty stomach normally makes people impatient. Impatience can lead to impulse buying. When people shop hungry, they tend to buy more stuff that they don't need.
- Buy generic. Several generic items are of equal value to the name brand products for a fraction of the cost. Save money by buying the generic products as often as possible.
- Shop at discount grocery stores. Discount stores like Aldi and Save-A-Lot have lower prices on products than regular grocery stores. Although the selection is smaller at discount stores, a lot of these stores have good quality products.
- Look for sales and buy cheap. Focusing on sale items can help save money and add variety to your diet. Buy cheap on items you will throw away like paper plates, toothbrushes, and paper towels.
- Buy Groceries Online. Buying groceries online saves time and can reduce the likelihood of impulse spending. Buying online can also save money because you aren't spending your gas driving to the store.
- Clip/Download coupons. Using coupons are a great way to save on products. There are some great sites and apps like coupon.com that will allow you to download coupons and use them at different stores.