Do you want to know how to save on groceries? Looking to reduce your monthly grocery budget? There are tons of ways to save- but here are 5 simple ways to save at the grocery and get you started!
5 Grocery Savings Tips
1. Bag the Brand Loyalty
If you can learn to use whatever product is on sale for that given week, instead of sticking with your own favorite brand, you can save a ton on your overall grocery budget. This will take some getting used to, all about creating new habits. Ok, so maybe there will be a few items you can’t part with (hubs is a Ketchup snob). But FREE toothpaste tastes all the same to me- no matter what logo is on the package! This also goes for purchasing generic products as well. Just because an item is storebrand or generic does not mean it as the lowest price. Often you can get brand-name products for lower than generic prices when you take advantage of sale and coupons stacked together. (read more in my post brand name versus store brand)
2. Search for Manager’s Specials and Clearance
Almost all of the meat I buy has one of those lovely manager’s special stickers on it. Manager’s specials are markdowns when an item is either damaged, reaching expiration date, or just overstocked. As for meat, many times I just throw it in the freezer to use for later. Also be on the lookout for clearance items of all kinds, that you can also use in conjunction with a manufacturers coupon for even more savings. Often times stores will have a designated area for markdowns or look on end caps too!
3. Learn Realistic Stockpiling
The concept of stockpiling is to buy in bulk when an item is at its lowest price, so that when you need it and it’s not on sale you have plenty on hand. No I am not talking about having 100 bottles of mustard in your basement. But the goal is to have enough on hand to get you through till the next time it is on sale (and it will be on sale again!). And for those Freebie items- I always “buy” them! You can never have too much Free toothpaste or floss (ok, if your stockpile is overflowing, donate those Freebies). Read more about my philosophy/tips on Realistic Stockpiling here.
4. Consider Shopping at Non-Grocery Stores
Drugstores and discount chains like “dollar stores” are great places to also find grocery items at lower prices. And with stores like Dollar Tree now taking coupons you can save even more. If you learn how to play the Drugstore Game, you can save on personal care, beauty items and even household products via each stores reward program. Even getting many items for FREE. And if you can get a staple item for Free, that is money that can be spent elsewhere (like on fresh produce or organic products).
I know it seem cliche, but coupons are cash! And if you can get in the habit of using them, on a regular basis, your grocery bill will be affected! If you are new to using coupons, check out my Coupon Newbie page to get started. Also, coupons don’t just come in the paper anymore- printable coupon and eCoupons are more great tools to help you save. And last, let me do the matchup work for you! Each week I post the best deals at the grocery and drug stores and just what coupons to use to score the deals. Also be sure to sign up for my daily e-newsletter and join the Mission Savers Facebook Group to stay in the know everyday!
Do you have another great Grocery Saving Tip? Leave a comment below!