I am going to tell you some easy tips to save money on groceries. Saving money on groceries is one of the easiest ways to save money in your monthly budget each month. If you save $20 a week on groceries thats $80 a month or $960 a year. After ten years you have an extra $9600 that you wouldn't have had before. So your savings on groceries can really add up! And if you follow all these tips, I'm sure you save even more money.
1. Menu Planning:
The first tip to save money on groceries is menu planning. Each week plan what you will have for breakfast, lunch and dinner all week. The breakfast and lunch plan can be a loose plan. For example, you could decided to buy a box of cereal and stuff to make sandwiches for your breakfast and lunch plan. Decide what you will cook for dinner each night. Look at what you have in your cabinets and what you have that you need to cook before it spoils and plan your meals to include those things. Also, check out what is on sale at the grocery store you shop at. If they have chicken breasts and tomatoes on sale, plan a meal that uses chicken and tomatoes. Write down every meal you plan to cook, and then write down all of the ingredients you will need. Check what you have already and what you don't have.
By going into the store and buying exactly what you will need for the week, you will spend less money and eliminate waste. If you don't plan you will end up buying more than you need for your recipes and it will go to waste. This will also eliminate the need to make last minute trips during the week, wasting gas and time.
2. Buy Items on Sale and Combine the Sales with Coupons
Another tip to save money on groceries is to plan your menu plan around what is on sale. This includes buying produce when it is in season and at the cheapest. The produce will be fresher, will taste better and be cheaper. For items that typically have coupons (everything but meat and produce), wait for the items to go on sale and then use coupons to make them even cheaper. A typical grocery store sale cycle is 6-8 weeks. This means most items will go on sale every 6-8 weeks. For items that you use frequently, wait for them to go on sale, and buy enough to last you until the next sale cycle. You will continually save money by using this method.
3. Use Coupons
Another tip to save money on groceries is to use coupons. Check out where you can find printable coupons. Many people think that coupons are a waste of time, but there are so many other coupons than just the ones in your newspaper. You can find coupons on internet coupon websites, such as redplum or coupons.com. You can also use e-coupons, so you don't even have to do any clipping! There are e-coupons that take the amount of the coupon off your grocery bill, such as Cellfire e-coupons, and there are e-coupons that save money for you in an account, like Upromise E-Coupons and SavingStar E-Coupons.
4. Use your Crockpot
Another tip to save money on groceries is to use your crockpot to make meals. By making meals in your crockpot you can use cheaper cuts of meat and you will spend less money.