We were sprucing up our budget last month and I realized I had gotten lazy with our grocery budget. I buckled down and starting doing things that worked for us in the past. I’ve decided to share a few of the ways we try to keep our grocery bill as low as possible while feeding 6 people.
Plan Meals for the Week
This might be the number one way we avoid buying stuff we don’t need. We make a menu for the week and buy only the groceries we need to make those meals. I bought an app a while back called Meal Board that makes it very easy to create grocery lists from your meal plan. You can read more about that and other apps I love here. But of course you can do this with pen and paper too
Use Coupons (the right way)
When I say the right way, I mean only use coupons for things you would buy anyway or if you can substitute out for something else that you were going to buy anyway. Randomly buying things you wouldn’t otherwise have purchased just because you have a coupon doesn’t save you anything it costs you.
Buy in Bulk
If you have the freezer or pantry space, buying in bulk will usually allow you to purchase items for a lesser per unit cost. Of course, if you are buying perishable items and they are going bad before you use them you are wasting money but otherwise this can be an easy way to save money.
Look for Generic Brands
This is no big secret, generic brands are often just as good, if not better, than their name brand counterparts but without the hefty price tag. Buy generic whenever you can.
Look for Farmers Markets
If you have a local farmer’s market you can often get fresh locally grown produce for less than you could at the grocery store.
Don’t go Hungry
This is also not a big secret, but if you go to the grocery store when you are hungry you are much more apt to make impulse purchases based on your hunger. So eat before you shop.
Upgrade to Cash Back Membership
Many of the wholesale clubs offer a membership level that gives you cash back based on how much you shop and spend there. Do the math to see if it’s in your best interest to upgrade. We upgraded our membership level and we get back almost double the price of the membership each year so it more than pays for itself.
Don’t Buy too Many Pre-prepared Food Items
You are paying a premium for convenience. You can save a significant amount of money over time if you choose to buy the individual components and make your own meals as opposed to buying ready made meals. I can make a pizza for much less than I can buy a frozen one. Of course it doesn’t hurt to have a few of these quick meals on hand for when your day gets away from you but from a financial standpoint it’s not the cheapest way to do dinner.
Delivery or Online Order Pickup
If you local grocery store offers delivery or online order pickup you could look into doing this. You can avoid all those impulse buys and you are much more likely to stick to you meal plan items when you are just checking boxes on your computer screen. Depending on the cost of delivery against the cost of gas to drive to the store this may or may not be a good option.
Don’t Eat Out as Much
While eating out may actually reduce your “grocery” bill, it is a much more expensive way to consume food. Save dining out for special occasions and don’t make it a regular part of your meal plan.
So how about you? What do you do to cut your grocery bill?
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