Best Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Money/Finances - Budgeting Money
By: LWCox    
08-Feb-2011

Introduction:One of the largest flexible spending categories in a family's budget is often groceries. Even with a large family, you can reduce your grocery spending. If you'd like to save money in your grocery budget, use these top five best ways to save money on groceries and start saving money today.

  • 01

    Use Grocery Coupons

    For the consumer who has time and organizational skills, grocery coupons are an excellent way to save money on groceries. There are many excellent grocery coupon websites you can use to find online coupons today. You may also use coupons found in newspapers, magazines and even in stores, both on the shelves and on product packaging. Become familiar with your local supermarkets' promotion schedules and watch for double and triple coupon days.

  • 02

    Keep an Inventory

    An inventory of your perishables, both refrigerated and frozen, can help you keep track of what you have on-hand and will reduce your grocery bill by eliminating spoilage. Post your inventory list on the door of the refrigerator where it is readily available, and plan your meals according to what is most perishable.

  • 03

    Shop Less Frequently

    Frequent shopping trips run up your food budget by tempting you with impulse purchases. How many times have you run in a store for just one item, and come out with three bags of impulse purchases that put you into next month's budget? Save money on groceries by eating what you already have until it's impossible to put a meal together.

  • 04

    Low-Cost Supermarket

    Find a low-cost supermarket in your area and use it for the majority of your purchases. Smaller, no-frills stores often sell for lower prices, offer their own line of generic products, and save money by not tempting you with a wide array of unnecessary products.

  • 05

    Find Alternative Sources

    Save money buying groceries in unusual places, such as flea markets, farmers' markets, dollar stores, and bakery thrift stores. Be sure to inspect items carefully and check expiration dates, if applicable.


Final Thoughts

Saving money on groceries is important when you're raising a large, hungry family, but you should never sacrifice your family's health. Make sure to plan healthy meals and never substitute cheaper junk foods, such as soda or chips, for healthier but more expensive foods such as milk, whole-grain snacks and fruit.

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  • dashboardc33 1/7/2013 Flag This Comment

    Awesome list of ideas! h5!

  • snowfence 4/6/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great article to post on my new blog. H5

  • NancyHardin 2/8/2011 Flag This Comment

    I love #2, and I also make up a menu for the week, and a list from that of the things I need at the grocery. We shop once a week, unless we run out of milk, bread, etc. but that usually doesn't happen. Saving money on groceries is very important these days. Thanks for sharing a great list.

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