10 Tips to Cut Your Grocery Bill

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. Don’t forget to also look online for coupon codes at places such as couponcodehut.

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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12 thoughts on “10 Tips to Cut Your Grocery Bill”

  1. Great advice and cute title pic in the shopping cart!
    I especially agree with the generic brands as well as using coupons only for things I need…I do tend to think, “Oh, it’s a Buy 1, Get 1 free” coupon! and then regret having 2 of something I don’t even use, just to get a bargain!

    1. Our pantry was full of “deals” until last month when I refused to go shopping until we used up all the random foods. We had a couple very unique meals! Ha 🙂

  2. Meal planning is essential, and spot on with the coupon point. I’ll never understand the value of buying 25 jars of Ragu just because you got them for 20 cents a piece. Plus Ragu sucks and making your own marinara sauce is much tastier.

  3. Planning meals for the week helps me save. I also like to double up on meals when cooking. So if chicken is on sale I will prepare double the meal and freeze for later. I love the idea of avoiding impulse buys by having groceries delivered. It’s a local option i never though of using. Thanks for the tips!

  4. Love all of these and have been following them for years. Not eating out saves not just your money, but your health too! Yeah, I know, I would say that. 🙂

    My mom is ridiculous about the coupon thing, no matter how much I get on to her, she’s always telling me about her “great find”. Great tips, hopefully others will read this and follow them!

    1. Ha! Yes that does sound exactly like something you would say 🙂 and you’re 100% correct, most restaurants aren’t very healthy. (Although plenty of people’s home cooking isn’t that healthy either)
      Thanks for swinging by!

  5. These are great tips! Once we get into our new house (only three more days, YAY), I intend to get serious about budgeting, starting with meal planning. We were going to “budget” when we moved to Florida and I stopped working, but I also got lazy about it.

    I hadn’t heard of Meal Board before but I’m definitely going to look into it!

    On another note, your little girl’s smile is adorable!

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