Everybody is looking for ways to save money these days. One of the easiest ways to reduce your expenses is to lower your grocery bill. By changing your shopping habits and making smart choices, you can save money on groceries and keep more in your pockets.
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Buying generic brands makes saving money on groceries easy. Many times, generic brand and name brand foods are processed in same plant and just put in different packaging. Why pay more for the brand name if you can get the same thing for less? Some times the generic brand is different, however, so buy one box or bag to try it out before you stock up.
Use a shopping list to save money on groceries. Write down everything you need to purchase before you go to the store. You can keep a list on the fridge and add things to it throughout the week, or look through your pantry on shopping day to see what you need. While you are shopping stick to your list so you don't make impulse purchases.
Buy fresh foods when they are in season. Fresh fruits and vegetables are much less expensive during their peak growing time than they are at other times of the year. Use canned or frozen fruits or vegetables during the off season to save money on your grocery bill.
Save money on groceries by comparing prices at different stores. Making a price book is the easiest way to do this. Make a list of all the things you normally buy. Visit the stores in your area and write down the normal price of each item on the list. Prices vary widely from store to store, and shopping at stores that offer the best value can add up to huge grocery store savings.
Know when to buy. As you shop, make a note of any sales and the date in your price book. Check the store sales flyers weekly and add this information to your price book as well. Over time, you will see trends for when things go on sale and you can plan your shopping trips accordingly.
Buy in larger quantities to get a bulk discount. Many times
larger packages are less per ounce than smaller ones. Make sure you don't buy
more than you need, or you will end up throwing it away. If you don't think you
will use up a large package of food, ask a friend to split the cost and divide
it up. You will both be able to take advantage of the grocery store savings.