Don’t empty your bank account filling the fridge.
First world problems
If your big concern is spending too much money on groceries, then you are probably doing better than a lot of other people in the world. With that said, the cost of our food can differ widely from place to place. Even saving a few bucks here and there can add up to a lot over time, allowing you to buy stocks with that money at exponentially grow your net worth.
Here is 15 ways to save on your grocery bill
- Make a trip of it. Sometimes the cheaper stores can be further away from our homes. But it is worth the trip. Don’t get regular day-to-day items at boutique shops or convenience stores.
- Plan your meals. It helps to plan out your meals as much as possible. Add all the ingredients you’ll need to a list, and try to stick to that.
- Don’t rush. You might just want to get in and then get the heck out of the grocery store. Take your time instead. Carefully go through the aisles and see what is on sale.
- Compare. Compare individual volumes against prices. Grab the brand that gives you the most for least.
- Don’t shop hungry. This is a terrible idea. You will be pacing up and down the isles, grabbing anything that is bright and shiny. Grocery shopping while you are hungry throws off you game. Shop on a full stomach!
- Is it in season? Produce can be expensive when it is out of season. In season prices will be good but out of season it might be better to buy a frozen or canned option for a cheaper price.
- Stock up on sales. If you can properly store the items such as dry goods it might be best to stock up on them when you happen to catch them on sale.
- Check out the no-names. Many no-name brands are made by more expensive brands and simply have a different label. Don’t ignore the cheaper brands on the shelf.
- Couponing. Check your grocery store’s website or flyer for coupons and sales. You don’t have to get hardcore about couponing, but it can help if a deal comes up on something that you normally buy.
- Household homework. Most grocery stores have a website, or maybe an app. It is worth checking them out to do some comparisons on household items. Find the cheapest place in your city for things like cleaning supplies, or detergents. Also check Amazon as sometimes they can be cheaper shipped right to your door!
- Avoid eating out or buying small things on the go. These can be bank account drainers. $5-$10 here and there doesn’t seem like a lot at the time. But roughly every second day a small item could cost you $1500 at the end of the year. Eating out is a huge cost. Usually you can prepare the same meal at home for a fraction of the price.
- Return your bottles! This might be a real pain in the ass, but its worth it. You paid this deposit on your cans, jugs, and bottles, so take them back and get your refund!
- FREEZE. Take your extra produce and whatever else you can that is nearing its expiration and freeze it. The sooner you can do this the better. Fruits and veggies can be frozen and maintain their structures, just Google proper freezing methods. This will save you a ton of money by not wasting as much.
- Grow what you can. If you have the space and time for a full-blown garden that contains everything you normally eat it is 100% worth it to put in the work. But even if time and space is limited try growing a few items that you enjoy that are usually expensive in the store.
- Don’t write off reduced items. If you are a soup or smoothie person you should check out what fruits and veggies have been reduced. They might not be as fresh as the regular priced items but they are still totally fine for a soup or smoothie.
Simply be mindful
Just take your time in the grocery store. Take in all the prices and don’t leave until you know that you have picked the items that are going to stretch your dollar as far as it can go. If you see one gas station with regular priced at $1.00 and the one across the street is $1.10 its likely that you’ll pick the $1.00 one. So do the same thing at the grocery store.
Look at those top and bottom shelves as that’s where some cheaper items might be hiding, outside of the most convenient place to look and grab stuff. Being mindful of your grocery store choices can save you a fortune in a relatively short amount of time. So don’t hold off any longer!