These tips for saving money by spending less at the grocery store will keep you healthy - and help with weight loss, too!
You’d be surprised at how the little things add up to cost you a lot of money…
Before the tips, a quip:
“A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat.” – an old New York proverb.
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And, read on for my seven ways to save money on your grocery bill…
7 Tips for Spending Less Money on Groceries
Know your in-store specials
I recently discovered that if I spend a certain amount at Superstore – usually $250 – I’ll get a $25 coupon to use next time. It took me years to figure out this out! Last time, the deal was that if you spent $125, you’d get a package of 8 frozen hamburger patties and 8 buns. To save money on your grocery bill, find out if your store has in-store specials like that.
This my favorite tip for saving money on my grocery bill, but it doesn’t go over well with the men in my family (my husband needs meat to survive)! Meat is expensive and can be unhealthy and fattening. To learn more about vegetarianism (it sounds scarier than it is), read Vegan Diet Plan – 5 Meals to Make Veganism Healthy and Easy.
And if you can’t go vegetarian or fully meat-free – try the next tip…
Buy more tofu, beans, or eggs
You may need to experiment until you find the right recipe for tofu or home-cooked beans – but these foods are inexpensive, filling, and healthy! Try weaning your meat-lovers off chicken and steak by adding tofu and beans to your dishes. For instance, I make my spaghetti sauce with beans instead of meatballs – but I do add a few meatballs to my husband’s portion. The best of all worlds: I don’t have to eat meat, my husband gets his fix, and we spend less money on our grocery bill.
Buy frozen, canned, or dried foods
Fresh foods are great – but frozen, canned, or dried foods are just as nutritious! Plus they’re less expensive, so you’ll save money on your grocery bill. You have more flexibility in how much of these types of foods you use because they last longer.
Buy the store brands
How do you know if the no-name peanut butter isn’t as good as Skippy until you try it? It meets quality standards, or it wouldn’t be on the shelves. Experiment with the no-name versions of your common grocery items…if you don’t like it, you can always go back to the name brand. But, chances are you’ll save money because many store brands are as good as name brands – if not better!
Don’t buy prepackaged, proportioned foods
Those “100 calorie packs” drive me nuts because of the extra packaging and cost – and it’s insanely easy to just buy the item in bulk or in a huge container, and divvy it up yourself! Sure, it takes time and energy…but I’d rather save my money for travel and a new car than on snack packs of unhealthy foods.
Don’t buy fruits and veggies at the grocery store
This tip not apply to your store – but I know my huge Superstore sells more expensive produce than the little corner grocers! Spend a little time scouting out the cheapest place to buy your fruit and veggies (they can get expensive) – and make sure you visit the Farmers’ Markets in the summer and fall.
What are your tips for spending less on groceries?
I'm glad you're here! My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen; my husband Bruce and I live in Vancouver, BC with our critters. We can't have kids, and are learning to accept whatever life brings - both good and bad. I have an MSW (Master of Social Work) from UBC, and degrees in Education and Psychology. I hope you say hello below - I can't give relationship advice, but writing can bring you clarity and insight.