Tips for saving on your grocery bill
Make a list and stick to it. The biggest way to go over budget when grocery shopping is deviating from your shopping list. Setting a budget will help you stay on track and ensure you’re not overspending.
Don’t always buy the generic unless it is actually cheaper. Depending on the store, generic items aren’t always cheaper. When comparing unit prices, make sure the brand and generic are using the same units. If not, use the calculator on your cell phone or if you have a smart phone, use the converter application.
Unless one brand is significantly better than the others, play them against each other. Companies love brand loyal customers who always buy their products regardless of price. If you don’t have a favorite brand, buy whatever is cheapest.
Clipping coupons is the best way to drastically cut down your grocery bill, but it’s not for everyone. If you don’t want to invest time in clipping coupons, your best bet to save money is making cheaper meals. Eat more chicken and vegetables and less processed and prepared foods. Buying ingredients is a lot less expensive than buying premade meals or frozen dinners.
One alternative to clipping coupons in the newspaper or circulars is to look on Coupons.com for printable coupons. They have thousands of coupons for brand name items and it takes about five minutes to skim through their list to see if any apply to you.
Stock up during the sales. If chicken is on sale for $0.50 a pound, buy as much as you can fit in your freezer. To save time later, portion it up into meal servings so you can thaw for individual dinners. Canned or nonperishable items are the easiest to stock up on and you can easily find coupons for household goods all the time.
Learn your store’s sale cycles and take advantage. My local grocery store runs sales Wednesday to Wednesday. So if I do my shopping on Wednesdays, I can take advantage of two different sales, one from the previous week and one for the new week.