In today’s economy, everyone is looking for a way to cut their expenses without sacrificing their quality of life. The grocery store is one place where you can easily slash your bill by as much as half without giving up the foods you love. Think it’s impossible? Read on to discover five ways to save money at the grocery store.
Using coupons seems like a no brainer, but you’d be amazed how many people don’t do it. Get a Sunday newspaper subscription and spend 10 minutes each weekend flipping through the coupons. You’ll be amazed how many coupons there are for products you buy. If your store doubles coupons under $1, you’ll save even more.
In addition to the Sunday paper, many coupons are now available online. Print the coupons off at the beginning of the month and around the 15th to get the best selection. Also, please note that most stores require the coupons to be scannable, so it may be necessary to change your ink or connect directly to your printer to get the best results.
Buy store brands
Many store brands are made at the same factories as the national brands, but they cost less. If you don’t have a coupon for the national brand, it’s worth giving the store brand a shot. Who knows, maybe you’ll find that you like the taste (and the price) of the store brand a whole lot better.
If you don’t like the store brand or one is not available, go ahead and choose the national brand. However, be aware that for most items there are multiple brands available, so check out the prices carefully before making a decision.
Avoid the center aisles
If you’re not shopping for coupon items, avoid the center aisles of the grocery store. Often, pre-packaged foods are priced much higher than their fresh counterparts, making convenience one thing you can’t afford. Instead, choose fresh whenever possible and make your meals from scratch.
Avoiding the center aisles isn’t just good for your wallet, it’s also good for your body. Pre-made foods are loaded with salt and fat, making them some of the least healthy food choices. Remember, you are what you eat, so make smart decisions.
Discover frozen vegetables
Frozen vegetables are just as tasty and just as nutritious as fresh vegetables, but they often cost a fraction of the price. Broccoli, spinach and peas are all great finds.
Frozen vegetables are available year round, giving you a huge variety of things to much on, even in the winter months. Frozen vegetables can be used just like fresh ones, but may or may not require thawing ahead of time.
Use your freezer
Every grocery store has a particular day a week that they do markdowns in the meat department. Find out when your store does theirs and enjoy the beauty of bargain meats. Freeze the markdown goods immediately for consumption later and bank the savings.