Tips to save on groceries

We all need to shop for groceries and it can often take a lot out of our budgets. But following a few money saving tips can help you bring your grocery bill down while still stocking your kitchen with everything you need! Here are a few tips:

Get meat in bulk: Many food retailers will offer consumers very competitive rates on meat. Only catch is you have to buy several pounds of it. If you don’t mind buying 10 or more pounds of meat, freezing it can be a good option or sharing it with a friend and splitting the cost.

Buy frozen sea food: You may find products labeled “previously frozen” in small type. That product is often the same thing you can find in the frozen-food aisle for as much as 40% less. Buy frozen and thaw at home on your own time. It’s less expensive and you won’t have to use it right away.

Buy frozen veggies: While fresh veggies taste better, frozen veggies are almost as good. Since you can keep them in the freezer, they will last much longer.

Check yourself out: Impulse purchases dropped by 32% for women and about 17% for men when shoppers used the self-checkout line instead of a staffed checkout, according to a study by IHL Consulting Group. The reason: There is less merchandise for you to pick up last minute around self-checkout stands, and the wait time is typically shorter giving you less time with those tempting items.

Have a budget: When you go to the store, know exactly how much you can spend. Then try your best to stick within that limit. If you don’t know how much you can spend, you’ll certainly spend too much.

Clip coupons: Clip a few coupons and toss them in your bag to take to the grocery store. You can save 10-20% of your bottom line with coupons. Check store entrances, newspaper and flyers for coupons.

 Stock up when there’s a sale: Sale items can be a good deal. If it’s an item you normally use, buy more than one.

Cut back on “one-item” trips.  Going to the store for one item will waste gas, and almost inevitably, you buy more than that one item. If you plan ahead, make a weekly menu, and shop with a list. This should reduce the number of trips you make for a small number of items. But if you still find yourself running out for a few items, try making a good list for your next shopping trip. Stock up on the things you frequently go out for.

Follow these simple steps and you will notice a change in you spending that will benefit you and your family positively.

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