Saving money can be difficult, especially when you have a lot of expenses eating away at your budget. Paying bills, putting gas in the car and buying groceries are all expenses that probably won’t go away any time soon. Although you cannot get rid of these expenses, you can do your part to reduce the amount you spend, particularly in the grocery department. If you’d like to reduce your grocery bill so you have a little extra cash in the budget, just follow these grocery savings tips.
Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk is a great way to save on groceries. Buying your favorite cereal in larger bags or buying your coffee in bulk can help reduce your weekly grocery costs since post likely you won’t need to make these purchases as often. Although buying in bulk can help you save money, you also need to exercise caution and self-control. Just because you can buy a lifetime supply of spaghetti sauce doesn’t mean you should buy it, especially if you’re not a fan of spaghetti. Only buy in bulk what you know you’ll use often.
Take It Easy on Produce
Every grocery list should include at least a few fruits and vegetables, but buying fresh produce can get costly. In order to help save on these costs, you might want to take it easy on the amount of fruits and vegetables you buy. Limit your produce purchases to fruits and veggies you know you’ll eat within the week. Fresh produce can go bad fast, and throwing out rubbery celery is like throwing out cash. Another great tip when it comes to produce is to buy only the fruits and vegetables that are in-season. As a rule, these cost less than out-of-season produce, so purchasing these will help save money.
Any frugal shopper will tell you that a great way to save on groceries is to clip coupons. Before you go to the grocery store, make a list of what you need to buy on your shopping trip. After your list is made, do some online research and see if you can find coupons for those items. This process helps you save on each of your items and can help keep you from over-couponing (buying items you don’t need just because you have a coupon). Some grocery stores even have mobile coupon and rewards programs available, which makes it even easier to do this.
Follow the Sales
Having a favorite grocery store is great, but you don’t always need to shop there for everything. Instead of blindly shopping at the same store for everything, keep an eye out for different stores and sales. Going to these other stores can help you stock up on the same household staples for less. This will save you a lot on your grocery bill.
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