Does anyone else feel like they spend a fortune on groceries each month? It doesn’t seem to matter whether we are eating extra healthy or eating more processed foods, I can’t seem to get through the month without spending a ridiculous amount on groceries. But since my husband isn’t willing to starve and not feeding my daughter would be child abuse, I’ve tried to find a few ways to save money on groceries without turning into an extreme couponer. (Ain’t nobody got time for that.)
Here are the ways I’ve found to cut back:
- Shop at ALDI.
ALDI doesn’t have everything, but what they do have, I buy. Their food is almost always priced lower than everyone else, and they continue to get more and more healthy products like organic snacks, coconut oil and grass-fed beef. This girl has no problem bagging her own groceries if you save me bunches of moolah.
- Download the Ibotta & Checkout 51 apps.
I tried these apps after reading recommendations by Money Saving Mom. Both apps are super simple to use. Just add offers to your list and submit a photo of your grocery receipt after you buy the items. They add the dollars to your account, and you get either a gift card or Paypal deposit when you reach a set amount. The only reason I have not continued using these apps is because we do not buy much processed food, so I couldn’t use many of the offers. But if you do, check these out.
- Create a price list.
Make a list of the food items you buy most often, and write down how much the stores that you shop at charge for each item. Don’t forget to include wholesale stores and websites like Amazon if you have memberships. Making a price list means you’ll know with certainty which store has the best price and whether an item on sale is actually a good deal. Admittedly, I haven’t updated my list in a while, but I need to.
- Go meatless on Mondays.
Meat is one of the more expensive items to buy, and you can save a few dollars each week by cooking a meatless meal. Even hardcore meat eaters can make it one meal without the meat, right?
- Shop the sales.
If you compare the weekly ads and see that chicken is on sale at a great price, then make sure you have a chicken dish added to your menu for the week. And if you have the space in your freezer, you can buy extra and take advantage of the great buy.
- Buy bagged produce.
If you can get produce in a bag like apples, citrus, potatoes and onions, it is probably a better deal than buying them individually. Just make sure that if you buy 10 onions, you use them enough to eat them before they go bad. I speak from experience.
What other ways do you save on groceries? Are you big couponers or are you too lazy to do the work like me?