We all want to save more money, especially on what we spend for groceries. The money we spend on food each month can easily be one our biggest expenditures. To keep spending at a minimum and still have plenty of quality, nutritious food for our families, we have to find ways to trim. This article will give you some helpful ideas for saving money at the grocery store.
Live on a written budget each month. This will not only benefit you in grocery shopping but in all areas of finance. Look at your family's monthly income and proportion what money to spend in all areas, rent, utilities, gasoline, food, etc and stick to it. Trim down what you can the amount you spend in each area. Ideally you take in much more than you spend. Don't allow living on debt to be an option. After you have lived on this budget for a couple of months, you should be able to get to the point where you have trimmed and worked your food budget down to the bare minimum for you to get by. This is a good place to start.
Search out food coupons in your local newspaper, magazines and online. Be careful not to use coupons for groceries and food products your family does not need. Use only coupons that apply to the foods you and your family buy and consume. Also check grocery store advertisements and sales to stock up on needed items.
Join multiple grocery store cost savings clubs. Join other stores even if you don't normally shop at them. Joining is usually free (except at warehouse food clubs) so you really have nothing to lose except the access to more deals and sales. And while some stores maybe more expensive than others, most if not all while have some product sales to beat out competitors at multiple times throughout the year. This gives you a greater opportunity to compare and save year round.
Buy groceries and food products you and your family consume a lot of in larger quantities. Buying in bulk always saves money. It may be beneficial for you to join the local warehouse food savings club which has an annual membership that may cost $50 or more per year but with bulk discount savings this can pay off quickly. Just make sure the foods get eaten and enjoyed before spoiling otherwise money is lost.
Have a "clean the pantry week" every couple of months. Don't buy food for the week and clean out perishable foods in the refrigerator and freezer as well as canned and dried goods in the pantry. This is a great way to clean the shelves, eat foods that weren't getting eaten (all kitchens have these) and of course save money on the grocery bill.
Always write and use a shopping list before you go to the store. Inspect and go through the kitchen before you head out to the store so you don't buy too much of a product or forget to buy a certain food altogether.
Limit prepared food purchases. Prepared foods purchased at grocery stores and restaurants will always cost more. You really do pay for the convenience of not having to make it from scratch. Buying ingredients and preparing meals on your own is a little more time consuming but will save you a lot of money each month.
Buy more natural foods and limit processed foods and snacks. Plenty of natural, unprocessed foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, whole wheat breads, etc. are essential to keeping you and your family healthier and avoiding health conditions related to poor diet in the future. While these foods may be a little more expensive, and maybe don't save you money in the short term, it's really the health and well being of your family that matters and paying a little more is well worth it.