How To Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half: Strategies That Actually Work

How To Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half: Strategies That Actually Work

A must-have guide in these inflationary times

Like most people, you’re always looking for ways to save money. One of the most significant expenses for most families is groceries. But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are plenty of strategies that you can use to cut your grocery bill in half.

This blog post will discuss some of the best ways to save money on food. We’ll also provide some helpful tips for sticking to a budget at the grocery store. So read on and start saving today!

Plan before you shop

Plan your meals based on what’s in your pantry and what’s on sale for that week

If you have a lot of black beans in your cupboard, look for dishes featuring them before you go shopping. See what you can make without spending any money using items you already have. If your recipe calls for one ingredient and has something close, make a substitution.

Browse store flyers to find the best deals for what you need and read the weekly sales circular, and look for loss leaders you can plan your menus around.

You can find out when items are on sale at stores’ websites or apps or via Flipp, which collects many flyers in one place.

Loss leaders are the products sold at the front of the supermarket sale circular. They’ll usually be beef or poultry alongside some produce.

Regardless of which grocery store you’re shopping at, the loss leader changes each week. But they all have something in common: They’re advertised and sold at a discounted price to get you in the store — hoping you’ll buy other things at the total cost.

Make sure that your recipes use some of the same foods on sale in the flyers throughout the week. For example, if you’re cooking stuffed peppers on Monday, cook them again on Wednesday with another dish.

Now use one of the many meal planning services online and choose your favorite or try Supercook, which lets you add ingredients on hand and on sale to create menus for the week.

Please make a list of the ingredients you need (and stick to it at the store)

Take your recipes and make a list of all the ingredients needed. Go through your pantry, fridge, and freezer and check off what you do have and what you will need.  

If you live near multiple grocery stores, compare prices.

Shop at the store that offers the best deals. You can learn which stores have the items you need for the best prices and check out their sales. If it is a bit of a hassle, you might want to go grocery shopping at two different stores to maximize savings.

Earn your rewards

We know that you feel like you’ve already been running for hours by the time you’re at the checkout counter, and you want to get out of there as soon as possible. So, it’s very tempting not to share your email address and phone numbers when signing up for a rewards program, but please bite the bullet because these loyalty programs earn you significant discounts over time.

Clip your coupons

After you’ve signed up for your favorite grocer’s rewards program, maximize your discount savings by clipping coupons for extra discounts.

Online options are also just as convenient to use, and coupon clipping is becoming as much an art as it is a science. Download your favorite grocery stores’ mobile apps, browse available discounts, and click to load coupons onto your electronic rewards card. The discounts will automatically be applied to your total when you check out the store.

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 Additional ideas

Senior discounts are becoming rare, but some grocery stores still offer them. Ask your local supermarket whether they give senior citizens a discount (or a military discount) — typically 5 percent or 10 percent off the bill — for buying groceries on a specific day of each week.

When things you buy frequently go on sale, take full advantage. Write down or remember the regular prices of the ten most common items you buy from the grocery store so you can recognize a sale when you see it.

So you have your meals planned for the week. You have checked the weekly sales and applied your coupons to your store’s loyalty card for easy checkout. You know which day offers the best discounts at which store.

Now it is time to…

Go shopping

Never shop on an empty stomach

We’ve all heard it, but how often are we in a hurry and don’t plan. Never grocery shop on an empty stomach; our willpower can be weak when tempted, and we can quickly get off track.

 Skip the prepared foods aisle

It’s way easier and cheaper to buy a large container of pre-made quinoa salad, but you can easily make it yourself for less than $4.

Shop the bottom shelves and outer and back aisles

Stores put the pricier name brand products at eye level, so you’re more likely to grab them without looking around for a cheaper alternative. That’s why they know “eye-level is buy-level,” as the adage goes in the industry. Before you buy, scan from top to bottom. You might find some cheaper pickles under the pricier ones. 

And many times, items you will surely need will be at the back of the store, which makes you look at everything as you go back there.

 Buy generic brands

Shop the store brand that is cheaper and often tastes just as good. 

Shop from the bulk bins

Not sure if you enjoy farro? Do you need a cup of quinoas for a salad or some peanuts to finish a dish, or do you want a whole bowl? Go through the bulk bins. It’s a great idea to experiment with different grains, dried beans, and nuts instead of buying expensive bags and letting them sit in the pantry.

Check the clearance racks

Ask your store’s management team where they keep the clearance products. Stores often have a specific section for their clearance products. You should also know which days new stock is placed on the clearance rack or aisle, so you don’t miss out on any deals. There may be some real bargains if you’re the first to find it.

Get dried beans instead of canned

Dried beans require extra time to cook unless you have an Instant Pot. They’re cheaper than canned beans and usually taste better.

Instead of paying .80 cents per 12 oz. Can you buy four pounds of dried beans for around five dollars and then make a big batch of beans and freeze them in pint or quart containers, so they’re ready when you need them.

Crunch some numbers while you shop

Though you may need a magnifying glass or get up-close-and-personal with the shelf, scour the sales tag for the price per unit. Sometimes, the lowest price isn’t the best deal.

You can also use your calculator to figure out the price per unit yourself by taking the total cost and dividing it by the number of ounces, etc., of the products you are comparing.

You can also keep a running total of what’s n your cart if desired to make sure you don’t go over budget. 

For produce, shop your local farmers’ market

Some farmer’s markets attract top chefs and cater to the 1%. However, there are usually some good deals at your neighborhood farmers’ market. If you shop locally and in season, the price you pay for the items you buy is often slightly lower than at a grocery store.

Even though farmers’ market prices may seem higher than supermarket prices, there’s still a chance you’ll be getting a better deal. You’re likely to get more for less when shopping at a farmer’s market. For example, you get two pounds for the same price instead of one pound of kale for $1.50 ($1.50).

The produce at supermarkets may be several weeks old when you buy it, either because it takes that long to get it from the farmer to the supermarket or the produce gets treated to make it last longer before it reaches the shelves. For example, the US Department of Agriculture allows apple growers to treat apples with chemicals that keep them firm for ten months.

Produce at farmers’ markets has not been sitting around in warehouses, trucks, or other storage facilities. Fresh produce lasts longer than older produce, so you’re less likely to find it rotten at the bottom of your refrigerator drawer within a week.#.

 Buy in bulk when it makes sense

Warehouse clubs can be great places to shop for items at discounted prices because of their value. You can purchase certain things at a warehouse club and keep them for later use.

Products like honey, rice, dried beans, and maple syrup are just a few things that are so shelf-stable that they never really go bad. Those are no-brainers because they’re on exceptional deals, and you can use them whenever you need them.

Your grocery shopping after-action guide

Your job isn’t done yet. After you have left the store, you can:

Check your receipt for wrong prices

If you notice an issue with your receipt after checking out at the store, bring it to the cashier or customer service desk. They’d refund your money if they overcharged you.

Some grocery stores are very generous when it comes to solving a pricing problems. For example, if there is an error in the price of an item when you’re shopping at Publix, the grocery chain will give the thing to you for free.

Scan your receipt

You can get cashback from certain large brands at big box stores through the Ibotta app by scanning your receipt after shopping.

Take care of your shopping investment

Put your groceries away as soon as you get home. Try and develop a system of storage that makes things easy to see, easy to use, and that rotates your stock, so you are using up the older items first.

Cutting up fruit and vegetables can be a hassle, but you get a lot of value from having the grocery store do the cutting. Skip the pre-cut melon and jar of finely sliced carrots and DIY instead. You’ll save a lot of money. And pre-cut fruits can be a significant cause of listeria outbreaks, which means you could be protecting yourself from a nasty infection.

And by taking care of your produce, you can make it last longer without going bad.

These are some strategies to help you save money at the grocery store. You can easily cut your grocery bill in half by following these tips. Do you have any other information to share? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Savings! 🙂


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