This month, I want to share with you some tips for reducing your grocery budget. Some of these are just no-brainers but perhaps there will be a few you have not considered.
Your savings really starts BEFORE you even leave for the store. How you prepare for your trip to the grocery store is critical.
If you have a grocery store available in your own home, then the needs to go to the store will be fewer. If you need help deciding what to stockpile, I recommend you take a look at the Online Coupon Workshop where I talk about that extensively.
Have a price list
If your eyes roll back in your head at the thought of making a price list, you can go ahead and add at least $15 to each trip you make to the store. While this might seem tedious, you simply cannot recognize a stock-up price without knowing what a great value is.
Your price list does not have to include everything in the store, just the items you buy most frequently. These are the items you should be stockpiling.
If you simply do not have the
desire time to write out a price list, then I strongly urge you to join the Grocery Game. The way the Grocery Game works is through a list of products on sale at your local store. The list will tell you when the price is low enough to stockpile as well as the coupons you need to maximize the value.
The best place to get a crash course in using coupons is the Online Coupon Workshop, but even if you do not strive to maximize your savings by building a stockpile, using even a few coupons with each trip will save you money. Granted, you will not end up saving hundreds of dollars each month but saving is SAVING.
Keep a running list
Those quick trips to the store can kill your grocery budget… not to mention your gas budget. So, keep a list handy for the odds and ends you find yourself lacking. Train your family to jot down the items they need too. Before you make your trip to the store, check that list.
As for those items that surprise you regardless of how hard you prepare and will be needed before another trip to the store, send your spouse. When I send Bill to the store, I know he will pick up what I need and nothing else. If I go to the store, I will scan the sales ad and check the meat aisle and think of something else we need and oh yeah…
Make a menu
When I asked for tips from our Facebook community on the one tip they would stress to someone looking to reduce their grocery budget, the resounding answer was, “Make a menu.” Whether you make a menu from week to week or month to month, just make a menu or borrow mine.
Make a menu from your stockpile
Check your stockpile before you make your menu. Think of if the meals you can make from what you have. These items have been purchased at the lowest possible price so you will save tons of money by using those items first. Fill in the gaps as needed.
Check coupon match-ups
Whether you use the Grocery Game or one of the fabulous coupon blogs to match your coupons to sales, you should always be adding to your stockpile. Look for those rock-bottom sales prices and add those items to your list.
Eat a Snack
Do not shop hungry. When you shop and your stomach is growling, everything looks good and inspiration for fabulous meals seems to be all around. You keep thinking about your stomach and stop thinking about finding the best price. You just want to get home and get something to eat as fast as possible. So, grab a snack before you leave.
What do you do BEFORE you leave for the store that saves you money?
Don’t miss the rest of this series ~
- Tips for Reducing Your Grocery Budget (Part Two)
- Tips for Reducing Your Grocery Budget (Part Three)
- Tips for Reducing Your Grocery Budget (Part Four)
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