As grocery prices continue to escalate due to increases in oil prices and other factors, saving money on groceries is important. Following are five easy ways to save on your weekly grocery bill.
How to Save on Your Groceries
1. Never shop hungry. Your mother might have told you this one: never shop hungry. It results in impulse buys (generally of the least healthy variety) and, when you get home, a whole lot of foods you can’t do anything with. Instead, follow rule #2.
2. Make a list. Plan your meals for the week ahead of time, and make a list of those ingredients you’ll need. That way, you’ll have the makings for dinner on hand already and won’t succumb to the take-out menus.
3. Use store discount cards. Those discount cards can help to save on your bill and many collect points that can be redeemed for cash or for discounts on gas. The best part: the cards are free to obtain, and many times cardholders are sent coupons either via e-mail or snail mail.
4. Use coupons. Whether it’s store coupons (many of which can be found and printed from store Web sites) or the coupons from the Sunday paper, coupons save money. The trick: only clip coupons for the items you regularly purchase (or wish to try) – don’t clip coupons for things you don’t buy or won’t use. Also watch for double- or triple-coupon days at your local store and take advantage of the savings.
5. Shop the perimeter. The outer perimeter aisles of most stores contain the least processed foods – usually dairy and produce – while the highly processed and least healthy foods are in the inner aisles. Sop the perimeter first, then venture into the inner aisles for only the staple items on your list.