7 Ways on How to Save Money on Groceries
This is probably nothing new to you. Food is expensive! Outside of my families mortgage payment, it is our second biggest monthly expense. That is why I wanted to explore this week on how to save money on groceries.
Typically my wife and I will spend around $100 a week. And that’s just for the two of us! I would like to get that down to $75 a week or a 25% reduction which is a pretty significant cut! Especially when we are trying to eat healthily.
This week I want to take a deeper look into saving opportunities to save money on groceries. This means looking past the typical tips you hear such as never going to the grocery store on an empty stomach or always go with a list. The seven tips below are sure to help anyone reduce their overall grocery bill.
My wife and I tend to do all of our shopping at King Soopers on a weekly basis. In the Denver area, they tend to have fairly good prices with a great loyalty program.
One perk of King Soopers loyalty program is the gas savings. For every $100 you spend they will give you 10 cents off a gallon of gas. Since we currently spend about $100 a week on groceries, those savings start to really add up over the course of the year.
Just like every other company does nowadays, they track what you purchase. With this knowledge, King Soopers will give you customized coupons every month. These because they are items that we really want to purchase. I hate the coupons that print out after checking out because they are never relevant to what I want or need to purchase.
I recommend going doing research in your region to find who has the best prices along with a good loyalty card program. Then head over to those stores to get signed up.
Plan your Meals for the Week
My wife and I have found that we save money on groceries a lot better when we go into the week with a plan for what we are going to eat for the week. During the week we can choose what we eat depending on how we are feeling that day from those seven meals. We try to pick two to three meals that are super easy to make (30min or less) and the rest are a little more complex that takes more time (an hour or more).
I like the application called Mealime to help me out with planning our meals for the week. They allow you to select several dietary restrictions, foods you like/do not like, and then it gives you a several meals for the week. The application even gives you a nice grocery list based on those recipes.
This is a tough one for me as I like to have a meat protein with every meal. I have always thought that you need a traditional protein every meal. Then I met Tristan, one of my best friends, who is a vegetarian. Over the years he has shown me great ways to get that protein from other sources rather than only meat. The nice thing about this is that these alternatives are usually much cheaper than most meat.
Making one or two vegetarian meals a week can help save money on groceries by cutting some major costs that come with purchasing meats.
Typically most major companies will have a mobile application which makes it easy to find their coupons. I would not hesitate to download the applications for the stores that you shop the most at. They make it easy to find the coupons you need. That way they can get you to their store to buy more things. What they do not know though, is you are coming into the store with a plan (from above) so you will not buy any extra items.
Outside of using major retailers applications, there are many awesome third-party applications. Some of these include SavingStar, SnipSnap, Grocery IQ, and Grocery Smarts. I personally do not have any experience with these applications but they are now on my list to help my wife and I cut 25% off of our grocery bill.
What couponing application do you use to save money on groceries?
This is another application I do not have any experience with Ibotta but it sounds pretty amazing. This couponing/rebates company, based out of Denver, allows you to save money on everyday items that you actually use. I must say, this is really appealing to me.
According to the steps on Ibotta’s site, the whole process seems fairly easy. You sign up. You unlock cash rewards on the items you plan to purchase before heading to the store. You buy those products. You scan the product barcodes and submit a photo of the receipt. Then you get paid!
Have you used Ibotta? I will be trying this tool out soon so I can write a full review for everyone.
As mentioned earlier, my wife and I usually shop at King Soopers unless there are good deals going on at another store such as Sprouts. King Soopers has a great generic brand, Kroger, their parent company. This brand can help us save a lot of money each week.
Most of the time these generic brands have similar (if not better) quality as the name brand. If this is true, why spend an extra dollar or two for that name? Going generic for most or all of the items on your list can cut down that final bill to save money on groceries.
Do you have any favorite generic brands to save money on groceries? Mine is Kirkland at Costco!
Make Your Own
Buying items that are pre-made is super convenient and easy on a busy night after work. Sadly, these pre-made items are costing you a lot of money each week. This is because you are paying for the labor that goes into prepping that item.
Instead of buying these items, you should opt to make your own. In all honesty buying, pre-made items do not save you much time unless you are buying a whole cake.
I recently had an experience where I bought a pre-chopped bag of cauliflower rice at Costco. This bag was about $5.50 and came with WAY too much chopped up cauliflower. I decided to buy this bag because I was nervous how much time needed to go into making cauliflower rice. Just this past week I had another recipe calls for the rice. I did not have the time to go to Costco to get another bag. Plus, I did not need that much that came in the Costco bag.
So instead, I bought one head of cauliflower, put it into our food processor, and within a few minutes had my own cauliflower rice. The whole head of cauliflower was only 98 cents allowing me to save $4.52 just for an extra three minutes of work.
Each week I can easily create a few savings by prepping my own food instead of buying pre-prepped food. The savings would really start to add up quickly then!
Now Go Save!
Adding these tips on top of the general rules, listed above, of grocery shopping will help you save tons of money every week. Now let’s go out an save money on groceries!
What are you doing to save money on groceries each week?
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