Hey there! I’m guessing you must be looking for some new great ways to save on groceries. If not thennn you probably wouldn’t have clicked over, right? Well then, look no further! In this post you will find a list of my Top 11 Secret Ways I Save On Groceries.
By now you may have realized just how much I love to save money and maximize every dollar spent. So, it should be no surprise to you that I have a list of top 11 Secret Ways I Save On Groceries. This list is a reflection of what my family does each month to save money on our groceries. My family of four eats a lot, so we need to find creative solutions to not spend a fortune. Hopefully, this list will be just as helpful to your family.
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11 Secret Ways To Save On Groceries:
- Coupons: I love coupons, need I say more! These snazy little pieces of paper are an excellent way to help further your savings on virtually anything. You can apply coupons to your everyday groceries, household items as well as personal hygiene products. Clothing & furniture companies have even started offering some amazing coupons!
Personally, I love mixing coupons with sale items and grocery apps to really maximize my savings. Some of my favorite places to find coupons include: Coupons.com, Redplum.com, Allyou.com, Bettycrocker.com, Upromise.com, & Boxtops4education.com. You can also score coupons by going directly to the manufactures site. Most of the time when you sign up for their newsletters they will email coupons directly to you.
The Sunday paper is another great place to find coupons. Generally, the paper contains a Smart Source (SS) insert as well as a Red Plum (RP) insert. Usually about once a month Proctor & Gamble will also put out a coupon insert. These are normally high value coupons on items that will be going on sale throughout the month. Many of the coupons for personal hygiene items can be mixed with local sales to get the products for free or next to nothing. Coupons = Save on Groceries.
2. Grocery Apps: Ibotta is an amazingly easy to use, cool app that saves you money on groceries, restaurants, clothing and more. If you are new to Ibotta you can read my post here to see exactly how it works. Checkout 51 is another favorite grocery app of mine. This one I particularly like because you can even use it at any store. With the Checkout 51 app you will find savings on fruits & vegetables, bread, milk and many other great offers! I wrote a post here on exactly how it works.
What I love about grocery apps is that there’s no need to pull out coupons at the register. You can shop as normal, go home and use these apps from the comfort of your own home. I can’t tell you how many people tell me they don’t use coupons because the cashier’s give them a hard time or they find it embarrasing. With these grocery apps no one will know your using them but YOU. Gotta love these apps!
3. Check Receipts for Errors: Now you may be thinking, duhhh Shauna. However, the reality is that most people don’t do this and are frequently overcharged! For example, last week I went to pick up my lunch at a local restaurant- I ordered a salad on sale for $9.95 that week. When I was handed the tab, they were charging me the $13.95 original price. If I wasn’t paying attention I would have been overcharged $4+ tax. Those mistakes can really add up. I’ve also noticed that sometimes I get over charged on fruits and vegetable because the cashier input the wrong code. The point is to check your receipts for errors to avoid overpaying. All of us spend enough time searching for the best deal, let’s not just give away our money!
4. Herb Garden: If you are not in herbs, skip this. Herbs are some awesome little (or big depending on the type) plants that pack some great flavor to your food and drinks. Some of my favorites are spearmint, chocolate mint, basil, purple basil, rosemary, lavender, chives, oregano and sage. I use these herbs to make teas, oils, infusions, and more! We like to infuse rosemary & garlic in olive oil for dipping bread in The other thing I like about these gardens is that most herbs can be brought indoors for the winter. Herb gardens are also an excellent way to teach your kids about gardening, as they require very little attention. My family save hundreds of over the course of the year by having our herb garden.
5. Buy only sale items: I like to check the weekly ads and find the best deals on groceries. From the sale items I will plan our meals for the week. This helps me save time later in the week and stops me from making several trips to the store (spending more money too). If you live in an area that has international markets I HIGHLY suggest checking them out! My favorite international market is Presidente Supermarket, they have over 140 locations in S. FL. Even if your not in S. FL you can still check around for local markets, you might be surprised what’s in your backyard.
Local & International markets tend to have amazing deals on fruits and vegetables. Who can resist $.25lb for bananas, 15 limes for $1.00, 5lbs of potatoes for $1.58, I know I can’t!
My personal motto is if it’s not on sale, it has to be an absolute emergency to buy it (and I can’t think of too many emergencies). As you pay more attention to the sales you will notice that every couple weeks the sales will pretty much repeat themselves. I buy enough of the item to get me till the next sale. I’ll talk more about this in #9. If you are paying attention to the sales, there will be no reason to need to buy that item if it’s not on sale.
In order to save on groceries you have to think about what you are purchasing and why. As you place items on the conveyor belt ask yourself if you really need that item or is it a want. You can easily eliminate many items from your cart if you take that approach.
6. Purchase Meat in Bulk: Companies like Zaycon Fresh offer very competitive rates -e.g. boneless, skinless chicken thighs for $1.69 lb – for those willing to place an order of at least 40lbs. That may seem like a lot of meat but it’s really not! In order to get these deals, you will place an order online and pick up your food at a prearranged time & place. Order the meat with family and friends to help offset the cost of the bulk and gain tremendous savings! Win-Win.
7. Store Apps: Walmart Savings Catcher, Jingit, Cartwheel for Target & ShopKick are just of my favorite store apps. Walmart Savings Catcher allows you to scan your receipts bar code into their app. It will search local competitors weekly specials to see if any has the items you purchased cheaper. If they do they will add the difference into your virtual account. You can turn that money back into Walmart gift cards or have it loaded onto your Bluebird card.
8. Menu Plan: Menu planning is a great way to not only organize yourself but to save time as well as money. Personally, I menu plan according to seasonal fruit and vegetables and weekly specials. Menu planning in advance takes the stress out of the daily thought process of what you are going to eat. You already have your game plan in place, there’s no need to go to the grocery store and spend extra money picking up more items than necessary. I don’t know about you but I can’t go to the store and buy just one thing, even if I made a list.
If you are not sure how to menu plan, it’s pretty easy. Sit down and look at the weekly specials. On a separate piece of paper write down the items you want to buy. From there put some thought into what kind of meals you could turn those foods into.
E.g.Ground beef is on sale. So one night we have have hamburgers then the next night maybe spaghetti w/meat sauce. Pasta is on sale this week B.O.G.O ( $1.00 for 2) and the pasta sauce is also on sale for $.99. Now I could make spaghetti with meat sauce a salad and garlic bread ect. OR I may decide to make baked ziti or baked spaghetti, with some salad, garlic bread. So the point is to maximize your savings by getting the best deal possible and not having as much food waste. You can eliminate your food wast by using leftovers and turning them into a new meal.
9. Stock Pile: Stock piling can sometimes leave people with images of having shelves all over their house filled with pantry items, like the ones they were traumatized with on extreme couponers. Well, no of that here guys. Stock piling is getting enough of the items that YOUR family uses when it’s at the rock bottom price. If you save a few weeks worth of sale flyers from your favorite stores, you will see a pattern emerge. That is the sale pattern you need to know in order to stock pile.
E.g- My husband loves Cuban coffee, we drink it just about every morning. Espresso can become expensive if I paid the normal $4.59 a package. Approximately every 6 weeks his favorite espresso coffee goes on sale at the international market for just $.98 a package. WOWZER that’s a great deal of money to save. Knowing the sale pattern and how much we use, I buy 4 packages to hold us over until the next sale. By stock piling on just our espresso I’m literally saving $14.44 every 6 weeks or $125 a year!
Stock piling is not as bad as you might think. Watch the sales and buy only enough of that particular item to get you through till the next sale. See, no scary shelving all over your house, LOL.
10. Vegetable Garden: Not everyone has a green thumb and I totally get that. However, some vegetables require little to no attention what soever. I particularly like to grow green and red peppers, tomatoes and pumpkins. Red peppers are pretty costly and we use tons of them in our food. We tend to use the garden as a way to bond as a family and save some money. It’s nice to watch your own food grow and know there are no chemicals on it.
Take a minute to think about what vegetables your family eats the most of. Then think about which ones are the most expensive and potentially easy to grow. Tomatoes, corn, peppers, cucumbers, pumpkin and other vegetables that grow on a vine are usually pretty hearty and won’t require too much attention.
11.Canning Fruits &Vegetables: My family and I like to make jams from the fruits we either grow or gather up in bulk when in season. Making jam is much easier than you would think possible. We also like to make fruit purees and freeze to make juice when the fruit may not be in season. Other cool things you might want to consider is making dehydrated fruits, fruit leathers, pie fillings and fruit gummies. These are all pretty much fool proof things that you could do to make the most out of your left over and excessive fruits. Or you could just can up the fruit in syrup or lightly sweetened water.
From our leftover vegetables my family likes to make spaghetti sauce in bulk. We use our own herbs, tomatoes and peppers to make the sauce. We also like to make oven roasted peppers and jar those up. My family has also learned how to can whole tomatoes, diced tomatoes and pickled peppers. These are all items we were buying so we decided to learn how to do it ourselves to save more money and eat healthier. It’s so nice to know that there are no chemicals on our vegetables as we let them grow organically. As you can see it’s not that hard to Save on groceries.
*How Do You Save On Groceries?