The grocery budget… For me, this is always the hardest category to stick to. I’ll run to the store for a few essentials and $50 later I’m leaving the store 🤦🏼♀️How many of you can relate? As a home economist, I am passionate about helping families thrive. One way to thrive is to be in control of your money. Today I’d like to share my best tips for saving money at the grocery store (without using coupons).
1. Grocery Pickup
If you’re subscribed to my email list you know about my love for Walmart Grocery Pick up.
I like shopping at Walmart because, in my opinion, it’s the cheapest overall option. However most grocery stores offer pick up.
I order all my groceries online during the weekend and pick them up Monday morning.
Online ordering allows me to compare the unit price of products and know exactly what my bill is as I shop. Plus I can take my time filling my cart. After I check out I have two hours to make any adjustments.
At the store, my groceries are loaded in all under fifteen minutes. No more figuring out a cart and baby, finding parking, fighting crowds or picking up items we don’t need.
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2. Meal Plan
If you haven’t read my last post check it out here. In it, I listed my top 8 easy, go to weeknight meals.
Another strategy is to write a list of your families favourite meals. Even if this includes frozen pizza (which for us it does). Add those meals to your rotation.
Once a week or on weekends I like to try a more adventurous recipe and if we like it I’ll add it to our menu.
Create a Recipe Binder
Instead of looking up recipes on Pinterest each time. Print off the recipe put on page protector and start a recipe binder. That way you can easily flip through your favourite tried and true recipes.
3. Don’t grocery shop hungry
I know this one is obvious but it actually makes a huge difference.
Also, consider using a small basket instead of a cart to buy fewer items.
4. Set a cash grocery budget
This is something we just started this month and already we are more disciplined in our spending.
Using cash provides a visual reminder of how much money there is to spend. When that amount is gone the spending stops.
For us the ease of swiping a card is what kills our budget.
5. Save Money on Groceries by Going Back to Basics
For a more thorough plan to really save money on groceries check out Save Money on Groceries by Going Back to Basics by Tiffany Doerr Guerzon.
As a Professional Home Economist (PHEc), I thought I knew a lot about saving money at the store. After reading this book I learned some excellent strategies to curb spending at the grocery store.
Tiffany, divides the book into three sections At Home, At the Store, Back at home. In each part, the Tiffany breaks down how to cut costs on groceries.
“This book won’t promise to cut your grocery bill down by any particular percentage, or that you will be able to feed your family on a certain number of dollars each week. I hesitate to offer specific numbers, because not only do grocery costs vary across the country, but food preferences, allergies, and intolerances change how individual families shop. What I am certain of is that by using some or all of the strategies outlined in this book, you will gain control over your grocery bill.” Tiffany Doerr Guerzon, Save Money on Groceries by Going Back to Basics
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In the At Home section, Tiffany details how to take stock of what you already have before going to the store, meal planning, snack ideas and food storage ideas.
Next, in At The Store, Tiffany teaches the importance of comparing unit prices, buying in bulk, how to find the best deals on produce and meat, why you don’t need to shop with coupons and also the apps she uses.
Finally in Back at Home Tiffany details how to use the food you’ve bought, why cooking from scratch isn’t scary, how to batch cook and how to avoid food waste.
Each chapter includes a lot more tips and ideas. Plus the book includes recipes every home cook should know, apps Tiffany uses to save money and other resource recommendations.
Save Money on Groceries by Going Back to Basics is very easy to follow along without feeling overwhelmed. Tiffany understands the struggle of stretching the grocery budget. As you read it’s clear she is speaking from experience and a desire to help others conquer their grocery spending.
This book would make a great gift for students, newly married couples, or anyone starting out. Plus the ebook version is only $2.92. I like this version best because it’s easy to refer to while shopping or planning out your grocery list.
With a rating of 5 stars on Amazon, the cost of the book is well worth the money you can save in just one shopping trip.
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What are your best grocery shopping hacks?
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