Saving money is something most families worry about on a continual basis. However, with the country in recession and the economy going downhill the need to save is imperative. You can easily cut costs in multiple areas, but cutting your grocery costs is one thing you can’t afford to not do. Grocery bills take a huge chunk of money each month. Being a smart shopper can literally save you hundreds of dollars each month.
- Use shopper saver cards. Most grocery stores and even gas stations now have cards that are free to their shoppers. Using them makes extra discounts available to you. Carrying a lot of cards can get annoying, especially when every store and restaurant seems to have them. Store them at home and only carry the ones you use the most with you.
- Become a coupon master. A lot of times people dread clipping coupons, but with the power of the Internet behind you it’s easier than it has ever been. You can easily print coupons from manufacturer’s websites and you can also vist websites like shortcuts.com to upload coupons to your shopper’s card.
- Do the majority of your grocery shopping once a month. While it’s still necessary to purchase perishables on a weekly basis, you should do your bulk shopping once a month. Going to the grocery on a daily or even weekly basis can get expensive.
- Scour the sale ads for great deals on expensive items like meat. Keeping a separate freezer for storage is a great idea. This way you can purchase meat when it is on sale and freeze it for future use. You can also freeze things like bread, milk, and cheese.
- Plan you meals in advance. It’s important to plan your meals out. This way you know exactly what you need to buy. Try planning cheaper meals throughout the week and saving the more expensive meals to eat on occasion.
- Don’t eat meat with every meal. You should get out of the habit of having meat at each meal. Meat is one of the most expensive things to purchase. Adding meat occasionally is fine, but you can have things like spaghetti without meat on a regular basis.
- Don’t shop when you’re hungry. When you visit the grocery hungry, you are more likely to make impulse buys. These can get costly and you should avoid them at all costs.
- Stick to the outside of the store. Not only are the inside aisles filled with unhealthy junk, it’s cheaper to buy the healthier foods.
Grocery shopping can be expensive. It’s something a lot of people dread doing, but if you plan correctly and use the resources available to you it’s easy to feed a family of four on $200 per month.