Don’t have time for clipping coupons? Here are 10 easy ways to save money on groceries without using coupons.
We all want to save money at the market, but many of us don’t have time to be extreme couponers and need simple ways to save. In this post, you will find 10 ways to save money on groceries and have more money leftover for other things!
10 Easy Ways to Save Money on Groceries Without Using Coupons
1. I can’t say enough about how much you will save if you plan meals. Planning meals not only saves you time and keeps you more organized, but it also allows you to not overspend and waste food. After you have made your meal plan from items that you already have on hand, make a list of the items you need and find the best sales on those items using your local grocery store sales fliers.
2. Keep your kitchen and pantry clean and organized. The easier you make it for yourself to cook, the less likely to be tempted to eat out when you are tired. Also, if your pantry and freezer are organized, you are more able to find the ingredients you need when it is time to cook, you are less likely to buy duplicates, and less likely to have food waste. Here are tips for organizing your pantry.
3. Never, ever shop hungry or tired. You are far more likely to do impulse buying because everything will look tasty to you and if you are tired, you are more likely to buy expensive convenience foods, so you don’t have to cook. Consider making a double batch of some of your favorite recipes and freezing half of them. Then you will have your “homemade convenience food” at home in your freezer.
4. Look for ways to skip convenience foods where it will make a huge price difference. For instance, soup is much cheaper and less full of sodium when you make it yourself. Popcorn is much cheaper when you pop it yourself in an air popper rather than buying microwaveable bags.
5. Don’t be brand loyal. Ketchup is virtually the same no matter what brand, for example. Don’t be afraid to use generic brands for generic things like mustard, oats, and rice. At the same time, watch for sales. Don’t assume the store brand is always cheaper.
6. Only buy in bulk when it makes sense. Don’t buy in bulk when you don’t have space or a need for a large amount just because it is cheaper. It isn’t cheaper in the end if you waste it. One thing that is almost always cheaper and takes up very little space is bulk spices.
7. Don’t just go for eye-level products at the market. Look on top shelves and bottom shelves. Many times, retailers put the most expensive things at eye level so you just grab them. The cheaper products may be just above or below eye level.
8. One of the biggest money eaters, especially in the summer is beverages. Make your own when you can and by all means, avoid convenience drinks. Like Iced Tea? Make your own for a fraction of the cost!
9. Another summer tip is to make sure you check out local produce at the Farmer’s Market. Oftentimes, the prices are cheaper and you are supporting local farmers.
10. Don’t be afraid to go meatless once or twice a week. Just cutting meat out of your diet one day a week can save a family of four an average of $20 a month or more.
Looking for more ways to save money on groceries without using coupons? Check out Stop Clipping & Start Saving: A Practical Guide to Saving Money Without Coupons for more ideas.