Prices have a tendency to fluctuate and with the economy not at its most stable point, it is important that you know how to use discount grocery shopping and preparation to help feed your family for less. Food and other grocery items may not be the most expensive portion of your budget but often it can be one of the easiest to make money saving changes and adjustments to.
Steals and Deals:
Take advantage of killer in store discounts and stock up on all of the items that your family uses regularly. If you are a Hamburger Helper family then a 10 for $10 deal can still save you a buck or two or more which can add up pretty quickly when you are working with a budget or tight on cash and taking advantage of these store discounts will allow you to feed your family for less plus have extra in your cupboards.
Rearrange the Portions:
Reduce the amount of meat that you use to help feed your family for less. This is tough for many meat-lovers but I promise it is doable and works. If you are a two boxes of hamburger helper family use only 1 lb of hamburger for 2 boxes. Your family really won't notice the difference and in no time at all you will wonder why you weren't taking advantage of this discount and were throwing in that extra pound anyways.
Another way to save on those meat prices, that always seem to fill up your grocery bill, is to try meals that call for shredded, ground or sliced meats. Often with these types of recipes you can get away with using less meat per meal which will make a big difference when you see the savings outlined on your next receipt.
For those who are a little bit put off or even concerned with portion restrictions if you were to buy and serve a smaller cut of meat and add to the meal a slightly larger and cheaper side such as; salad, rice or veggies, you can easily see a discount of $50 to $100 from your monthly grocery budget and you wouldn't be losing out on the typical amount of food you are use to.
Pass it by:
Omit non-necessities such as soda's, candy and those other items in the store that are not on your list but always seem to make it in your cart. It may only be a $1 or $0.50 at a time and maybe you only buy them here and there but in the course of a month that can really add up. That money would be better spent on tasty fruits or going towards those high meat and gas prices that never seem to experience any great discount.
Cut-Out the Costs:
Take the time to clip out money saving discount grocery coupons. They are free and take just a few moments of your time to cut out. If you are really pressed for time then you can always visit online coupon providers that allow you to print them directly from your computer.
Discount grocery coupons can be a major benefit if you desire to feed your family for less, definitely not one to overlook.
Price comparisons are a great way to save. Compare the prices between the different stores in your area as well as any local farmer's markets so you can successfully feed your family for less. Pay attention to which store carries which items for less - just note it and stick it on your fridge so you don't forget.
Obviously if you have to drive well out of your way for a few dollars off or just for savings on a very small amount of items then it may not be worth it but if the stores are fairly close the savings may more than make up for the little bit of extra gas.
The difference in cost between different grocery stores can be quite significant to the big picture (your food budget) if you were to actually break it down and look at the potential savings over the course of a year or even a month in some cases.
It won't always be convenient to price check every store but checking the store prices at the beginning of the month and noting which store carries your households most used products at the best price is only one day out of 30. All you do then is refer to your list and design a shopping list based on the best savings for the store you plan on visiting that day.
Get Over the Advertisements:
Shop for generic or store brands instead of name brand items. Just because the ad says that it tastes better does not mean that it actually does. For the most part with the majority of the items that come in generic or store brands you are going to end up with comparable quality but cheaper prices. Now, not everything on your grocery bill is going to be something that you can change brands on and that is ok.
Start with switching just a few products at a time and if you run across something that is just not going to work in a generic brand you can always switch back and find another discount grocery item to go generic on.
Some of the more simple food items to switch brands on to save money and help feed your family for less are typically: condiments, cereals, oils, packaged sauces, pasta's, packaged seasonings, spices, and frozen food items.
I'll take Two of Those:
The last suggestion to help feed your family for less is to buy your food items in bulk. If, by chance, your favorite meat goes on sale then why not buy as much as you can and package/freeze the extras for the future. Toss a few of your most used condiments into the basket when they are on sale and then store them in the pantry for later use and so on and so forth with all your other most used items. This process saves you a trip or two in the future to replace these items and since you got them on discount you know that you are saving money as well.