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How to Save the Most Money Grocery Shopping
If you are constantly going over your grocery budget or trying to figure out a way to cut your bill down, this is for you! Keep reading to learn my secret tips and tricks on how to save the MOST money grocery shopping. You can start implementing these hacks today to start saving big on your grocery bill. Check it out.
Why Do You Go Over Your Grocery Budget?
It’s pretty simple. You are shopping for you and your family. You want to spare no expense for them, you want to feed them good, nourishing food and meals, everything on the aisles look so good, or maybe you’re just hungry when you’re doing your shopping or disorganized? This was me for a LONG time until I got serious about lowering my grocery bill. I cut it down by 50%. This is how…
Make a List
I used to head to the grocery store with NO LIST. Big mistake! My rationale? I really hated grocery shopping and everything it entailed, including researching meals to prepare, making a list, any prep at all for the trip, really. So, I stopped doing lists for while, telling myself I’d get “inspired” in the store for what meals to make.
Where did this get me?
I spent TWICE as long shopping AND I overspent, big time. So now, I live by a list. This is how I make a quick list for groceries with ease:
- Add weekly and monthly staples first
- Browse the grocery store in my mind for what I’d usually pick up from the aisles
- Pick one to two staple meals for the week and spend no more than 10 minutes researching a new meal (only if I’m feeling adventurous that week)
This is the stuff you buy every single week! For me, it’s the stuff that pack for cold lunches for my son’s school lunch, along with my coffee, drinks we go through quick like juice and soda, and quick snacks like yogurt, string cheese, cookies, etc.
The monthly staples are less purchased items I buy once or twice a month like toilet paper, paper towels, cat food, stuff like that.
Browse the Grocery Store In Your Mind
Am I the only one that does this? I usually shop one of two stores: Walmart or HEB (these are big here in Texas) so I know what every aisle looks like in my head. I peruse the aisles in my head to pick out what I usually get. Easy. This saves me a lot of time, believe it or not.
Pick Staple Meals and Time Track New Meals
Staple meals are those meals you cook every week or nearly every week. They are loved by your family and you can make them with your eyes closed, that’s how often you cook them. For us, it’s spaghetti, tacos, and fish, rice, and veggies. So, we usually eat around 2 of these every week. My family never gets tired of it.
If I am feeling adventurous (and ONLY if I’m feeling adventurous), I’ll give myself a time table to research a new meal. So for like 10 or 15 minutes, I’ll peruse Google, Pinterest, AllRecipes, etc. in search of a fun, new meal to make for the week. I keep a Recipes pin board on Pinterest so I usually just head there and look in that board for what looks good.
This is the new age way of couponing. So first, what you do is shop according to the sales, not according to what you want. This may take some getting used to but your wallet will thank you and you’ll love your grocery bills turning out 20% to 50% less because of this.
Now, the apps..
Every app is a little different and there are many, many more than these but this is a good batch to get started with. The coupon/cashback apps like Ibotta and Checkout51 not only tell you aboue sales but also give you cash back according to your receipt. So, browse what’s on sale, what cashback offers are available, and craft your list around it.
The cashback apps give you cashback for shopping at certain stores, using certain cards, shopping certain products. You can get 5% or more cash back on your groceries. It’s super easy. You’ll love that these apps are free and don’t have any download or membership fees to join!
This is a new age way of doing your grocery shopping and let me tell you, I LOVE IT! For those who hate stepping foot in a grocery store, from the lines, the time you spend going through the aisles, the bustle of the store, etc. You can SKIP all of it with grocery shopping online and pickup or delivery!
Yes, get your groceries delivered and/or opt for a grocery pickup.
How it works:
More and more stores are offering these options. You can to your grocery store online, pick your items, just like you’d do online shopping for clothes, home goods, electronics, etc. Then, pay and pick your pickup or delivery time.
For pickup, during your scheduled time, you drive to the store, park and will have a grocery store attendant deliver your goods to your car AND load them! You don’t even have to get out of your car.
When I say I usually do this in pajamas pants and a t-shirt, braless, I am totally telling the truth!
With delivery, it works almost the same way. During your delivery time, you’ll get a notification, either a doorbell ring, text or call when your delivery driver is in route and has arrived. Then, they load your goods right into your kitchen! I used to actually pay for this service with Instacart (around $15/month) but a lot of stores offer it for free or a small fee (like $5). You have to try this!
Ok, how do you save with pickup or delivery. Easy. Your pick your items, pay, and that’s it. No throwing extra items into your cart and no adding extra items because you are shopping when you’re hungry (this doesn’t have the same affect since food isn’t right in front of you). I am not kidding when I say I used to spend an extra $20 to $30 per grocery trip just on last minute extras that WERE NOT on the list! Even with a $5 fee, I still save money with pickup and delivery!
Are you excited to try out these wallet-pleasing grocery ideas? I hope you save tons of money doing these. Comment below if you have any ideas to contribute to the list. This will be ever-expanding!