How to Save Big Bucks at the Grocery Store
We are all looking for the best and easiest ways to save a buck or two — especially when it comes to groceries. When feeding a family, it can get expensive! So, our very own Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin gives us some tips and tricks to save us some dollars at the store. Take a look!
How to Save BIG BUCKS at the Grocery Store
If you’re family is anything like my family, we LOVE to eat! Eating is considered a hobby, right? Well, feeding your family costs a ton these days (especially if you have ravenous growing teenagers raiding your fridge!) Since becoming a domestic diva (stay at home mom, that is) over a year ago, I’ve learned a few tips about how to spend less at the grocery store, and wanted to share some ideas I’ve come up with:
• Shop the sale ad and plan your meals around it.
Breakfast sale at Price Chopper? Do breakfast for dinner one night or a lazy Sunday breakfast. It also helps to have an idea of what you already have in your pantry and refrigerator so you can pair that with the ads.
• “Yesterday’s taco meat is today’s shepherd’s pie!”
I heard something cute on a show my daughter was watching on TV the other day. The mom was trying to get her kids to eat her cooking and she said “Yesterday’s taco meat is today’s shepherd’s pie!” That is a great tip! Use your leftovers for another meal or plan to thaw out meat to use for several nights. Maybe even cook it ahead of time to save time during the busy, hectic week!
• Price compare the ads. Wal-Mart will price match other stores weekly sale ad. They also offer a feature on their app called Savings Catcher which is really neat! Basically, you purchase your items at Wal-Mart and then scan the QR code on your receipt, and it will compare prices with other stores in the area. If they find a lower price, you are refunded the difference on an e-gift card.
• Find out what your store offers – price matching, double coupons.
(Tip from a SAHM friend, Elizabeth) Get familiar with the close out or clearance section of your store.
• Speaking of apps, there are some awesome apps out there for saving money on groceries.
Ibotta is probably my favorite one. You “unlock” money saving deals by watching a quick video or answering a trivia question about that particular product. You can connect with your Facebook friends to save more. Once you have $20 in your Ibotta account, you can transfer it to your bank account.
• Purchase a deep freezer.
If you have room in your home and the means to purchase a deep freezer this is an excellent way to stock up on all kinds of food and store it for later use. This is really useful during meat sales!
• Store coupons in a 3 ring binder.
Instead of storing coupons in a little wallet that could be hard to manage, I bought a cheap 3 ring binder. Dollar Tree sells a pack of 10 plastic coupon inserts for $1 that fit into the binder! You could even organize them with tab folders by expiration date or item category.
• Use social media to find deals.
Following Facebook pages like Krazy Coupon Lady has made my life so much easier by posting all the current coupon match deals out there.
• Grow your own vegetables and fruit during the summer.
We planted strawberries and tomatoes this season. In my opinion, there is NOTHING better than a home grown tomato!! Growing your own food is fairly easy and a fun summer activity to get your kids involved in!
One last tip: Take your kid with you to the grocery store. As soon as the “gimme this, gimme that” starts, you’ll be running for the door and alas, saving you money! But my kids are perfect angels at the store and would never ever do that…
Better yet, go alone. Save your sanity and a little money with the tips I gave you.
These are just a handful of tips to keep some extra dollars in your pocket! On a side note, I recently found out my grocery store offers free grocery delivery if you order online and spend over $100. I am going to take advantage of this service this winter when I’m hibernating with my hungry bears gnawing on my legs!
Feel free to comment below on how your family saves some dough on the grocery bill.