April 30, 2019 – 3 MIN READ
Grocery shopping is one of our largest expenses. Every year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American family spends up to $7,729 on groceries.
That’s a lot.
Luckily, we’ve compiled 10 different ways you can save on groceries so you can save more money—for the important things in life.
1. Always make a list
This is one of the best ways to guarantee that you save money. It’s simple. Before you enter the grocery store, write out a list of items that you want to purchase from the store and stick to it! Keep in mind that you made the list in the first place for things that you need. Not want. There will always be items that you want, and usually, they aren’t necessary.
2. Start a meal plan
Failure to plan is planning to fail. Boy could that never be truer when it comes to keeping food costs down. When you have a meal plan, you outline an entire week’s worth of meals and in turn, make sure you use ingredients efficiently. Not only that, but you’ll likely eat healthier and save time while shopping. To see all the benefits of meal planning, check out our blog post here.
3. Don’t shop hangry!
Hangry. Hungry and angry. It’s a word according to Merriam-Webster. It should also be obvious that going to the grocery store hangry isn’t the best idea. Too many times, however, we catch ourselves doing it and end up going AWOL from our shopping list. To fight this urge, try going after dinner or packing a light snack to eat while you shop. Either way, shopping with your hunger satisfied will make a world of a difference.
4. Go generic
Name brands are overrated. Did you know Walmart’s Great Value Brand whipped cream is made by the same manufacturer that supplies Cool Whip? Same goes for Kroger’s American cheese and Kraft’s slices. It’s. the. same. Save money and go generic, there’s no reason to pay a premium tax for a brand.
5. Buy in bulk
Our rule of thumb: If it perishes slowly, buy in bulk. Basically, if it can sit in your pantry for a long time (rice, soup cans, etc.), odds are you can stock up on supply…and save money in the process.
6. Try “Meatless Monday”
Meat’s expensive. We aren’t asking you to go vegetarian, but try to work in a regular, meatless meal every week. It doesn’t even have to be leafy (if you loathe vegetables). It can be a simple pasta dish or even a spicy stir fry. We’re 100% sure you can handle it once a week.
7. Checkout with cash
This one is for the hardcore budgeters. If you’ve got a shopping list and you have already estimated that it will cost around $45, only bring $50 of cash with you. That means you have to stay within budget because if you don’t, you’ll either have to put an item back or make an embarrassing run to your car to grab the rest of your money (unless you go super hardcore and leave your wallet at home).
8. Know your cupboards
Cupboards and medicine cabinets. The two worst culprits of stockpiling old, expired, and unused perishables. Cleaning out your cupboards and even your fridge every once in awhile will help you stay on your toes at the store. Not only that, you won’t feel guilty of finding wasted food two years too late in your home.
9. Shop on Wednesday
That’s right, shop on hump day. Why? Because certain items on these days actually tend to be priced lower. Bread specifically gets an average 2% knock on Wednesday and beer even gets a slight 1% deduction. While some items may violate this rule, the middle of the week usually has high supply still from the recent deliveries and stores are ready to sell.
10. Chop yourself
While it’s way more convenient, and attractive, for consumers to drift towards pre-chopped and washed vegetables, it’s not saving money. Sure you save a few minutes here and there, but you’re also paying an average 40% premium just to avoid a few minutes of prep. Our advice? Skip ’em and head straight for the fresh produce.