How to Save Money on Groceries
Groceries are probably one of your larger monthly expenses, costing you hundreds of dollars per month and thousands per year. So how can you save on your weekly grocery bill? Keep reading to find out some of the best tips for spending less on your next grocery trip.
There are many ways you can cut costs when you head to the grocery and even better, the days of cutting physical coupons are over! With today's technology, you can use coupons digitally, saving you more time and money.
Use Digital Coupons
Like we mentioned, digital coupons can save you hundreds of dollars over the course of a year. Kroger allows you to load digital coupons to your card and will deduct the savings at checkout. Always be sure to check out what coupons are available ahead of time so you can plan accordingly.
Use Physical Coupons if Needed
While in today's world you don’t need to use physical coupons, that doesn’t mean you can’t! Get the scissors out and start cutting to save money on your next grocery run.
Shop at Wholesale Grocery Clubs
Wholesale clubs like Sams Club and Costco offer great discounts. They are a great way to save on items that you purchase often like household cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, or toiletries.
There is a catch, however. Always check to ensure that it’s cheaper to buy in bulk. You’ll be surprised to find that some items might be less expensive at your local grocer.
In addition, it’s important to add the cost of the membership to your analysis to make sure it is still worth it. If you only plan on going a few times a year, it might not be the best decision. If you plan on being a weekly visitor, it could pay off big time.
Don’t Buy Things You Don’t Need
Have you ever been walking down the grocery isles only to pick up something that caught your eye? Maybe you don’t need it, but it’s on sale and you’ve been wanting it. If you want to save on your grocery bill, cut these small items out of your weekly trips. It can add up over a few months.
There are many tools and devices that can be used in the kitchen to cook. You don't necessarily need these items. For example, a smoker grill combo can be extremely helpful, but is it worth it? Some other tools that you might want to reconsider include meat slicers, blenders, or other small kitchen appliances.
Americans are extremely wasteful. We throw away food at an outrageous clip. According to the USDA, it is estimated that Americans waste 30-40% of our food supply. To combat this, only purchase items you know will be consumed.
In addition to only purchasing food you know will be consumed, it’s also a good idea to plan out your meals so that you can ensure when it will be consumed and it won’t spoil beforehand. If you do have leftovers, be sure to store them in an airtight container. Here are some of the best airtight containers you can buy.
Buy Items on Sale
We cringe at the fact that people still pay full price for many items. At groceries like Kroger, items go on sale often, so buying them when they’re not on sale isn’t the wisest decision. We advise only purchasing items when they’re on sale to save even more.
We admit, there are some things that you can buy generic and some things that just aren’t the same. The “Cola Oh!” might not suit your style but it can save you some extra cash. Items like milk, eggs, butter, and meats are much cheaper than the brand name competition and taste practically identical. Opt for generic when you can to save the most.
Check Weekly Ads Before You Go
Check your groceries weekly ad before you head out. This can help you to gauge what you should and shouldn’t get. If possible, shop around to find a better deal elsewhere.
Create a Shopping List
Want to avoid unnecessary purchases? Create a grocery list and stick to it. It will not only help you stay on track with your spending but it will also ensure you won’t forget anything!
Use Fuel Rewards
Many groceries will offer fuel discounts whenever you shop at their stores. These savings can really add up. You can get anywhere from 10 cents to $1 off each gallon of gas. That can add up to a couple of hundred bucks a year depending on your spending!
Saving at the grocery store is a no brainer and with today's technology making it even easier, there’s no reason you shouldn’t. By using digital coupons, comparing prices, and possibly joining a wholesale club, you can save hundreds of dollars per year, leaving more money in your pocket.
What are your favorite tips for saving at the grocery? Comment below! Looking to find out how to save on other monthly expenses? Read 13 ways to lower your monthly expenses here!