How to Slash Your Grocery Bill

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Despite constantly rising prices, you can still slash your grocery bill with a little work and my tips.

 

You can’t help but notice how quickly food prices keep going up when you visit the supermarket. As soon as you remember one price of an item, it changes and not usually in the consumer’s favor. However, here are a few ways that can help you slash your grocery bill to further stretch those food dollars.

Starting With a List Can Help Slash Your Grocery Bill

What I like to do is print up some copies of what I normally buy for nonperishables and perishables first. For instance, I list all the nonperishable items I regularly use. These are things like toilet paper, tissues, dish and laundry detergents, soaps, canned vegetables, soups, sauces, baking powder, baking soda, flour, oils, salt, and other baking supplies. Perishables are the fresh foods like milk, eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, fruits, vegetables that I always keep on hand as well.

What you include on your printed list is up to you according to your family’s preferences. Keeping this list of nonperishables and perishables in a file on your computer can be updated if your tastes or diet varies.

The printed list of everything that I stock in my refrigerator and pantry makes me more efficient at food shopping since I won’t forget or overbuy when at the supermarket. With it, I check my supplies at home for what I may need and circle the nonperishable or perishables I am out of before even considering the meals I intend to prepare for the week.

Prepare a Comparison Shopping Notebook Can Help Slash Your Grocery Bill

Depending on where you shop, the prices can be different. Therefore, I keep a small notebook in my handbag to jot down the price of items I use often. For example, in my notebook I put the names of the supermarkets that I shop at and note the price of the item. This way I can keep track of the best price for that item when I do need to buy it again. After all, I do shop at all the local stores.

Revolve Your Menu for the Week Around Store Sales 

Take advantage of store sales when thinking of your weekly menu. Before you make out your grocery shopping list, you should scan the newspaper and recipe box or cookbooks to form your meal plans. Planning your meals around the store’s weekly circular will save you more money than ignoring what they offer.

Rainchecks Help Slash Your Grocery Bills

I hate the practices of some supermarkets when it comes to luring customers in with their sales. The moment you arrive, the food item magically seems to sell out. Some stores will provide a raincheck. Others, however, don’t. If the stores in your area will give you a raincheck, then take advantage of that sale price.  It can slash your grocery bill somewhat at a later time.

Boxes, Containers and Jars Can Be Deceiving for Size–Read the Label

One gripe that I really have is a company that tries to deceive consumers through packaging. You buy a can of coffee that appears to be the same 39 oz. only to find 34 oz. in the same, and unchanged can. Unless you read every label, then you may not notice until later at home.

If the manufacturer wants to shrink the size, then shrink the container accordingly instead of trying to use the same size container with a lot less inside. Yet, that would benefit consumers and not be in the best interest of their marketing.

Skip Frills for Convenience If You Hope to Slash Your Grocery Bill

We all have busy lives. Trying to balance home and career can rob us of time. Though they may save you time popping some frozen entree into the microwave or opening a package of ready made mashed potatoes to using a mix to season to make a chili, you are spending so much more than cooking something from scratch.

Cooking a meal from scratch is healthier because you have control over the ingredients. Home cooked meals also are more satisfying than a skimpy portion from a prepared dinner and far cheaper. If you don’t want to waste the time to cook during the week, then devote Saturday or Sunday to cooking some meals to reuse for later in the week. Make a big pot of chili or stew is something that will reheat well in your microwave.

Another thought is buying a bag of frozen, skinless chicken breasts to use during the week. You can always pull out a portion, a baked potato and nice salad or vegetable for an easy dinner.

Experiment With Generic Brands Can Help Slash Your Grocery Bill

Branded food products are more expensive than the plain containers associated with generic brands. Coupons and sales can make them less expensive to buy than the generic items at times.

If you want to slash your grocery bill, experiment with generic brands at your supermarkets. Some of the items will surprise you in their quality for a better price.

Take Advantage of the Seasons When Shopping Helps Cut Your Spending and Slash Your Grocery Bill

You can save money on your food bill if you buy fruits and vegetables when they are abundant and on sale. Meats such as ham for Easter to turkey for Thanksgiving come at a good price around those times. If you have a freezer, you can always buy extra to cook at a later date.

Even though the prices keep skyrocketing, it is up to us to keep up with those rising prices the best that we can. What I’m sharing here to help slash your grocery bill does work because I use them all the time.

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16 Comments

  1. tat2gurlzrock
    June 22, 2018 / 9:07 am

    These are great tips. I get weekly ads in my email so I can find the best prices for what I need for the week.

    • nuts4stuff
      Author
      June 22, 2018 / 1:16 pm

      You need to watch the specials and create meals around them. The stores keep raising the prices with each trip.

  2. Leanne
    June 22, 2018 / 9:13 am

    Great tips . Groceries are getting really expensive . I like to stock up when things are on sale so you can wait until the next time they’re on sale to buy them again .

    • nuts4stuff
      Author
      June 22, 2018 / 1:15 pm

      Thanks. The notebook for your handbag really helps as well because it is hard to remember prices for the same things that you buy at various stores.

  3. Kelly Freeman Freeman
    June 22, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    Thanks for the tips-we are going to have another mouth To feed in two weeks!

    • nuts4stuff
      Author
      June 23, 2018 / 4:11 am

      You’re so welcome. Congratulations! How wonderful. Boy or girl? Take care.

  4. rochelle haynes
    June 23, 2018 / 3:04 am

    Thanks for your tips sounds good

    • nuts4stuff
      Author
      June 23, 2018 / 4:08 am

      Honestly, this is what I do. It does make a difference.

  5. kimpcole
    June 23, 2018 / 10:32 am

    Great tips. We always buy ‘what’s in season’!

    • nuts4stuff
      Author
      June 23, 2018 / 11:03 am

      Good plan! We do the same at my house.

  6. June 23, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    I do not cook like I use to when my daughters were still at home but when I do cook I want it to be home add. You have provided some really good tips in helping slash the ever rising prices at the grocery. Thanks so much.

    • nuts4stuff
      Author
      June 24, 2018 / 4:45 am

      Home cooked meals always may take more time, but at least you know what you are eating ingredient wise for the best health. It is cheaper as well.

  7. June 23, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    I have been skipping the pre chopped veggies. Along with other freezer meals. Tastes better and heathier when you do it yourself!

    • nuts4stuff
      Author
      June 24, 2018 / 4:42 am

      I never buy those prepacked, chopped salad fixings. I like to wash the vegetables with some vinegar. Some people just take them out of the bag and just use them. I don’t think that is wise.

  8. ellen beck
    June 23, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    Using a list always helps. I dont have digital access except through computer but do get the paper and use coupns a LOT. I also have a deep freeze so can stock up. It all adds up.

    • nuts4stuff
      Author
      June 24, 2018 / 4:39 am

      In this economy, you need every trick in the book to try to keep up with how quickly the prices go up. You also need to compare prices of some of the items you buy regularly. Carrying a small notebook to keep track of prices in the various stores that you shop in really can be so different. I started doing this because the store that I thought was cheaper and regularly did most of my shopping in kept juggling their prices week to week, which alerted me.

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