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Saving Money on Groceries

A large part of your budget is probably spent on food . There are several ways you can cut those grocery shopping expenses. This is a guide about saving money on groceries.
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By 14 found this helpful
July 15, 2009

Shopping only once a week and going to the store on your busiest day is the key to spending less on groceries. Over the past few months I have stuck to a simple rule: Grocery shopping once a week.

If you are not in the store, you cannot spend money, you can't fall prey to slick marketing and "buy more, save more" types of incentives. With the exception of baby items (formula, diapers) I have found that the once a week schedule works just fine. If we run out of milk or eggs, I just become more creative by using other stuff and patiently wait until "shopping day".

Now I am taking a huge step forward. I sat down one day and looked at the calendar. I realized that if I go grocery shopping on certain days, I will not spend much time in the store. For me it's Mondays. I work late on Monday and just want to get home as soon as possible.

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If my "once a week" shopping trip will take place on Monday after work, I will speed in and out of the grocery store and follow my list. No more meandering down each aisle. I tried it this week and only spent $32. Compared to more than twice that the prior weeks.

Try it; it works great. Requires discipline and creativity (substituting ingredients or postponing certain recipes until shopping day).

By Bella Swan from Forks, WA

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By 14 found this helpful
July 23, 2015

To keep my groceries organized so I know what I have and don't have, I have been doing the following:

I placed my groceries into plastic containers that I can pull out like drawers to check so nothing gets forgotten on the shelves. It also helps me to keep rotating my stock.

I designated certain rows or shelves in cabinets or even the freezer for distinct items, like the soup, vegetable, or canned fruit row, meat drawer in the freezer or the quick meal shelf.

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I create a list of what potential meals I already have in the house and distinguish lunch or dinner meals so any of us can check it quickly know what's available and what we have to make a meal.

Example of list:
Lunch- peanut butter, tuna, soups, grilled cheese, ravioli, veggie burgers, ramen noodles, lunch meat/burritos.

Dinner- 6 hamburger patties, 8 drumsticks, 2 lbs. ground beef, turkey breast, pizza dough, and 2 lb. ham

This helps me to rotate my foods and not let something sit in the freezer while I continue to purchase meals.

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By 9 found this helpful
August 9, 2010

I have been a very frugal person most of my adult life. I shop at the Dollar Tree, Grocery Outlet and the 99 cent Store. I buy produce and make the best garden salads from the 99 cent store.

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January 11, 2011

I tend to do my shopping in bulk, except for milk and fresh fruits. I feel I save more money this way. I make my list, attach the weekly ad and coupons to it and go.

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Recently I went shopping with a friend who shopped similar to how I shop, only she made 2 major mistakes.

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July 15, 2010

Shop alone. It cuts down on distractions and curbs impulse buying. Make a list and stick to it. Allow yourself only a certain amount of unplanned purchases.

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By 8 found this helpful
March 14, 2013

I've recently learned to use Recipe-By-Ingredient websites, which help you cook something up with what you've already got in your kitchen or make good use of items on sale.

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By 3 found this helpful
August 8, 2008

I saved grocery receipts for 1 month, then created a spread sheet with the prices of the items I buy frequently. I continue to add to it each time I shop.

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September 20, 2010

I grow my own vegetables in the summer and freeze them, I cook from scratch, and I go every 2-3 weeks to buy groceries. I go to generic stores and stock up on meat.

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April 1, 2013

Good and easy ways to save money at the grocery store.

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By 3 found this helpful
July 8, 2011

At most supermarkets, using reusable bags can earn you 5 cents per bag. With 4 bags, that's a 20 cent savings each time you shop.

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If you shop once a week and use 4 bags, that works out to about $12 per year.

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By 1 found this helpful
October 3, 2007

I usually have my grocery list and check off items as I put them in my basket. Instead of a calculator, I just put a slash mark on my grocery list, for the price of the item, rounded out to the dollar.

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March 8, 2011

Some of our grocery stores have a gourmet food section in their deli. This is a great place to pick up some things that you normally wouldn't be able to afford

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January 21, 2009

When shopping for groceries and household supplies, having a well organized list is one of the best money savers (and time savers) that we've tried.

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Patti McKenna0 found this helpful
April 30, 2006

Through the years, I've read at least one hundred different articles with tips and tricks on how to cut your grocery bill. With a large family, I've followed most of the advice at one time or another.

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January 21, 2014

If you are paid weekly, shop every 8 days instead of every 7. Every seventh week, you will have twice as much available to spend.

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December 1, 20041 found this helpful

Remember to shop at grocery stores after the holidays. They will sell the seasonal foods for cheap. -- breads, cakes, cookies, meats, etc. (and of course seasonal candy.)

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February 21, 20001 found this helpful

Watch the store sales and take the time to cut your coupons. I usually save between $30-40 each trip to the grocery store. It is worth the time.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 23, 2005

Here in the Great White North life is not always easier. But one area that helps out is the scanner "code". When I go grocery shopping - I check every receipt - every time.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 30, 2008

The number one way I save money on my groceries is menu planning. I write out what we will have for dinner the whole week, make up the grocery list, and add to it any necessity items such as toilet paper, detergent, etc.

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November 1, 20040 found this helpful

Buy cranberries early in the season and put them straight into the freezer. The closer you get to the holidays the more expensive they get.

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Frozen cranberries can be used just like fresh in all recipes. By Linda

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By 1 found this helpful
February 23, 2012

Do not overlook the value of using stores that match their competitor's ads. This is seldom advertised so you have to ask. Because I live in a rural area it is not always practical nor do I have the time to do extreme couponing.

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By 8 found this helpful
September 8, 2010

I've found that when grocery shopping, it pays to check the price per ounce. Sometimes a sale item isn't the cheapest product. Kids love to help with grocery shopping. While shopping, asking them to compare prices and price(s) per ounce for various foods.

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April 7, 2009

Do your grocery shopping a day later each week, Monday one week, Tuesday the next etc. You save a week's grocery bill every seven weeks. Eat before you shop. If you are hungry, you will be tempted to buy items you don't need.

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October 4, 2007

Keep a small list of what you pay for items that you buy often. Then, when you're at another grocery/department store, you'll know if their special is really a special.

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August 13, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about advice for stretching grocery budget. When living on a budget, you are probably trying to reduce expenses in many areas of your budget.

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June 6, 20130 found this helpful

This is a guide about dealing with mistakes at the cash register. Mistakes happen and the easiest time to correct them when shopping is while you are still in the store, either at the register or service desk.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 5, 2010

This is a fun (and scary) experiment. Take your typical weekly sale paper for a grocery store or retail store. Choose one page and add up the $ cost for every item on ONE page (things on sale).

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October 8, 2007

Before heading out to shop, make a list. Put a list of items you want, plus the sale price and any coupons you have. Total the costs before leaving the house and only bring that much money.

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April 26, 20050 found this helpful

Check with your grocer from time to time to see about any greatly reduced meats or fruits that he'd be getting rid of. You could put those fruits to good use making batches of homemade jams, jellies, preserves ...

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October 13, 20040 found this helpful

Take advantage of a store's "loss leaders." These are sale items the store is selling at such a low cost they may even be losing money on them. These items are priced so low to get you into the store, with the hope that you will keep shopping for regularly priced items.

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