If you are like many frugal individuals, you probably use grocery shopping coupons to save money. However, getting them is not always easy. While the Internet has made grocery shopping coupons more accessible than ever, there are still limitations. The most annoying centers on the timeframe of a promotion. Once it has passed, you can forget printing or downloading any more coupons. You will either have to find another site or you will have to wait for the promotion to resurface. In the meantime, you still need to get affordable groceries, but how?
Well, if you don't have grocery shopping coupons, your next course of action should involve visiting a discount store. Murry's is one of the best, especially if you have a large family. For less than $15, you can get multipacks of meat, poultry or seafood. These packs contain 10 or more items, though the exact number will depend on what you're getting. Generally, expect more from packs containing chicken, fish and pork. Steak will be more expensive, but still cheaper than what you would find at a regular grocery store.
What if discount grocery stores are not available in your area? Can you still shop affordably without grocery shopping coupons? You can if you follow some of the suggestions below.
1) Stick with carrots
Carrots are probably the cheapest produce you can get. A 5-pound bag costs less than $5, virtually any time of the year. Best of all, these vegetables are very filling, especially if you need a cheap snack in between meals.
2) Eat stir-fry
Without grocery shopping coupons, meat from a traditional grocery store is insanely expensive. So, to avoid spending most of your money on meat, consider getting a lesser amount and putting it in a stir-fry. One steak could feed two people if the stir-fry has an adequate amount of vegetables. And for them, stick to stuff that is cheap: carrots, onions and snow peas.
3) Buy from generic brands
If you don't have grocery shopping coupons, you can't be too picky with what brands you buy from. For this reason, you should buy all of your packaged foods from generic companies. Yeah, they may be a bit more bland than what you're used to, but by doing things this way you can stretch your grocery money much further.
4) Eat omelets for dinner
Even without grocery shopping coupons, eggs are an extremely cheap source of protein. You can get a dozen for less than $5. This could essentially be 12 meals, if you are able to create one medium omelet with each egg. When it is finished, complete your meal by placing the omelet over rice and serving a vegetable. You will end up with a Korean-style omelet; a dish that is tasty, healthy and filling.
5) Buy rice
In Western culture, protein is the main dish, but this is not the best approach when you don't have grocery shopping coupons on hand. It is better to do things from an Eastern perspective. Specifically, this means making rice your main dish and using everything else as a side dish, (even your meat). True, you will have to spend about $20 for a 30-pound bag of rice, but if you have a family of four, it will last at least a month. In the process, you will end up spending less on protein.