Groceries can be a big expense in your budget, if you don’t shop smart. With these tips, you can avoid overspending and save money on your next grocery list by shopping like an expert.
Make a grocery list
- Make a grocery list. You might think that you don’t need to make a grocery list since you know what foods you love, but when it comes to saving money on groceries, making lists is essential.
- Keep a running list of items you need to buy throughout the month. If your family eats pasta once a week and you’re always buying pasta sauce, then write down “pasta sauce” at the beginning of each week and add it at the bottom of your grocery list as well. This way when it’s time to take on the task of shopping again, all those items will already be in mind!
- Make separate lists for each meal or category (like meats or vegetables). By breaking down categories into smaller sections like this—which makes sense if say one section has 20 different items while another only has 3—we’re able to more easily see how much we’ll be spending on certain things without having too many options at once; therefore making less likely mistakes about which items we should prioritize buying ahead of others based solely off cost alone (and not necessarily their importance).
Know the food prices
- Know the price of the food you are buying.
- If you don’t know how much your food costs, it is hard to make a comparison between different stores and brands. If you have no idea how much something costs at one store and then go somewhere else and find out that it was cheaper there, then you can never really be sure whether it was a good deal or not. You also won’t be able to make an informed decision about whether or not to buy in bulk. The same goes for comparing prices between countries—if you don’t know what things cost where you live, then how do expect to know if they’re cheap or expensive?
Compare the unit price
- The unit price is the price per unit of an item. For example, if you’re looking at a can of soup and the label says it costs $1.99 for a 12-ounce can, that’s the unit price: $0.16/oz (or 16 cents per ounce).
- Unit prices can be found on shelf tags or shelf decals that show how much each product costs per ounce or liter, pound or kilogram, pint or quart—even count!
- You don’t need to know how many ounces are in a pound in order to compare apples with oranges and find out which one is cheaper by weight (and therefore less expensive). But if two products have different units of measurement (ounces versus pounds), you may have to convert from one measurement system into another first—just like when converting between Fahrenheit and Celsius temperatures!
Buy in season
- Buy in season. If you want to stock up on ingredients that are the cheapest and most plentiful, you’ll want to buy them when they’re in-season. For example, if you want to make a fall dish with pumpkin, it would be cheaper and tastier if you used fresh pumpkin rather than canned pumpkin during other times of the year (or even frozen).
- Buy frozen food instead of fresh food whenever possible. Frozen fruits and vegetables are typically cheaper than fresh ones because they have been picked at their peak ripeness then frozen so they stay flavorful and nutritious until they reach your home freezer! Plus, since they’re already prepared for cooking (all thawed out), all that’s left is cooking instructions which takes less time effort than washing off dirt or peeling skin off veggies which can be difficult depending on how old some may get – especially tomatoes!
- If buying canned goods feels like too much work for something so simple just keep following these tips: * Buy nonperishable items such as beans/legumes/grains when possible; * Chose low sodium alternatives whenever possible; * Avoid buying dried foods unless absolutely necessary because dried foods usually last longer but cost more money per serving size.”
Use coupons wisely
Many couponers fail to take into account the expiration date of their coupons when planning a shopping trip or deciding what to buy. It can be tempting to use a coupon for something that is on sale and then throw it in your cart, but if the item won’t be used in time for its expiration date, save yourself some money by not buying it at all. In general, only buy things with coupons if you plan on using them immediately and will actually benefit from them in some way (i.e., not just because they’re cheaper than usual).
Shop at stores with high turnover rates
Some grocery stores have less product turnover than others; this means they tend to have older stock and fewer sales/discounts available as well as fewer options overall when it comes time for customers’ shopping trips…
Compare prices of items from different stores.
- Compare prices of items from different stores. If you’re buying a particular item, it makes sense to shop around for the best price. Look at sales circulars in newspapers and on websites, and compare prices at several stores to see where you can get the best deal.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for discounts or coupons when you’re shopping. Many stores offer discounts for seniors, so don’t be shy about asking if there are any senior citizen discounts available at the store where you’re shopping (or even another nearby store). You may also qualify for other kinds of discount rates (such as student discounts) that allow you to save money on groceries; if so and there are no restrictions on how many times per week/month/year that discount can be used by students who have identification cards proving their status as students, then try using this discount whenever possible!
Keep an eye on weekly specials and sales offers.
There are a number of ways you can keep an eye on weekly specials and sales offers. Check out the weekly ad; look at the store’s website; follow its social media accounts. You might also ask staff in the store or your friends who live locally if they know of any deals going on that week.
Don’t always go for Brand.
When you’re comparing prices, always look for the generic brand, even if it’s not a name brand. This can save you up to 50% over the cost of a name-brand product. Even better, many grocery stores offer their own store brands that may be less expensive than either their generic or name-brand counterparts. If you’re shopping at an independent grocer or health food store that has its own brand of products and other types of groceries (like Trader Joe’s), look for those items too—you might find them cheaper than other options at your regular supermarket!
When buying produce and meat items like milk, eggs or cheese make sure they’re labeled “No Antibiotics” when possible as this indicates they’re free from antibiotics used in farm animal feed which can cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to them–and these products tend to cost less than their antibiotic-free counterparts!
Keep an eye on how much you’re buying.
The first step to saving money on groceries is to know how much you can spend. This will help you stick to your budget and not overspend by accident. Keep an eye on how much you’re buying because it’s easy to get carried away when shopping, especially if your list is long! Make sure that when making purchases, you always keep in mind what other things are already on your list and how much money they cost. If something seems like a bargain, but would put too big of a dent into your budget then skip it altogether!
Remember that even though grocery stores might have sales or deals going right now, those deals don’t happen every single time; so if there’s no sale for something that’s usually cheap anyway—then don’t buy it just because there’s a discount today! Keep in mind also that prices change from week-to-week; so if something gets marked down one week but then goes back up again the next week then pass up this deal for another day when maybe another sale comes along which could make things cheaper overall compared to last month (or whatever else).
Check Loyalty reward program at Store.
If you are using a store loyalty program, compare the deals of different stores. You should be able to find the best deal among them. For example, I can get $1 off each gallon of gas with my Safeway card at Chevron gas stations and earn 20 cents per gallon with my Kroger card at Shell gas stations. So if I need to buy 2 gallons at Costco for a ride home after work, it makes sense for me to go to Costco through Krogers rather than Safeway because I can save 20 cents on each gallon by doing so and also earn rewards points from Kroger’s loyalty program which can be used later in exchange for discounts or free items.
Carry your own Bag.
- Keep reusable bags in the car, and grab one before heading into the store. You’ll save money by not paying for plastic or paper bags, and you’ll also be doing a good deed for the environment. Most grocery stores sell reusable canvas totes for about $1 each, so if you get in the habit of using them every time you shop, you’re looking at saving about $30 per year on plastic bags alone (and probably a lot more). Even if that doesn’t sound like much to you now—and it shouldn’t—it adds up over time!
When we are going to market to buy groceries, we should keep in mind that budget is an important aspect of our lives. When we are budgeting for groceries, this should not be the only place where you will implement the budget. You can budget for almost everything in your life and then follow through with it. This will help you save money and make your lives easier.