Ways to Save at the Grocery Store

This article, entitled "Ways to Save at the Grocery Store," comes from Liz Hayes, MomsEveryday blogger from Central Wisconsin.

Is it just me, or have the cost of groceries gotten out of control? A trip to the grocery store shouldn’t put you in the poor house. Fortunately, there are ways to save on groceries. Read on for tips.

  1. Use coupons
    Have you seen the show, ‘Extreme Couponing’? It’s baffling how people can buy $500 worth of groceries for $7.29. These people also end up with three cases of barbeque sauce which is probably more than they’ll ever eat. Nonetheless, couponing is a great way to save money. You can get coupons directly from the store or in a variety of periodicals. Coupons take a certain amount off or give you the opportunity to buy in bulk, like buy three, get one free. This way you can stock up on items you will use.

  2. Bulk up on sale items
    When something is on sale, buy it in bulk. Cruise through the aisles and load up on items that are non-perishable and you have room to store. Items including canned goods, pasta, nut butter, cereal, juice, rice and sauces are great choices. Meats on sale can be frozen for future consumption.

  3. Consider canned and frozen goods
    Fresh produce is more expensive than canned or frozen fruits and vegetables, but no matter how your produce is packaged you’re still getting valuable nutrients. Just beware of added sodium or fat in these products. Many canned veggies contain extra salt and canned fruits can be packaged in heavy syrup. Look for low-sodium canned goods or fruits canned in their own juices. With frozen veggies, be sure they aren’t smothered in a high-fat sauce.

  4. Sign up for the store’s loyalty card
    Every day there are hundreds of food items that are on sale when you use the store’s loyalty cards. Signing up is quick, easy and free. Also consider buying store brand or generic items which are usually just as good as the commercial brands.

  5. Stick to your list
    It may be tempting to grab an extra-large bag of potato chips, but are they really necessary? Make a list before you go shopping of essential items and stick to it, unless you find something on sale that you will definitely eat.

  6. Don’t shop when you’re hungry
    You’ve probably heard this one before, but it’s true. When you’re starving you literally want to pull everything down from the shelves and fill your cart. Go after a meal to ensure you’re only reaching for healthy necessities.

  7. Buy foods you have to prepare yourself.
    Foods that are pre-packaged and already prepared tend to cost more than if you would make it yourself. It will cost you less to buy sweet corn that hasn’t been shucked and cleaned than a package of corn cobs that are ready for boiling. Don’t throw away money on something you can do.

  8. Buy foods for a slow cooker
    Crockpots can make any meat tender. Using one will allow you to buy a less expensive, tougher cut of meat that will cook all day long. Anything in the slow cooker is filling and hearty and always makes a great meal.

  9. Check unit price
    Always see how much food you’re getting for the cost. Compare the weight of items to see which one gives you the biggest bang for your buck. It may be a better deal to go with the more expensive item that also gives you more food.

  10. Only buy food
    Shampoo, soap and other toiletries are notoriously more expensive at grocery stores. Get these necessities at other stores and save a lot of money.

About the Author...
Liz Hayes
Liz loves spending time outdoors, working out, traveling, taking in the arts, reading and catching up on TV.
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