Today I’m sharing five easy money saving grocery shopping tips that even busy moms will love.
Groceries are a necessity. Groceries seem to take up the majority of my budget (after bills, of course).
So anywhere I can save an extra buck or two, or ten to even twenty, on groceries is a blessing.
I refuse to “super coupon” where you use coupons on items they are not actually intended for to get hundreds of dollars of free groceries
I also refuse to spend hours clipping coupons and sorting them into a binder in order to save a few bucks. I actually tried this several years ago believing I’d save lots of money, but I did not find it to be worth the time.
- Check the Checkout 51 offers app for current offers. This is one where you have to act quickly after claiming your coupons. Some offers have been around $1 off, and some products, like diapers, offer $4 or more off.
- Join ibotta and use their app to save even more on your groceries. I find the best coupons on ibotta. Since it’s a standalone app, you can stack the coupons with store coupons, manufacturer coupons from the newspaper or online AND with coupons in other apps. Ibotta offers bonuses for completing certain numbers of offers. It also lets you create teams with your Facebook friends and you can work towards team bonuses together. The first month I used ibotta, I brought back $30 in rewards and bonuses to my account.
- Waste less. This has more to do with eating and meal planning than it has to do with shopping, but it can still save you money to be more frugal with what you eat. Throwing food away is essentially throwing money away. Freeze or refrigerate leftovers. Plan your meals so that you can use one day’s leftover meat later in the week. For example, pot roast can be made on a Monday and turned into a beef and noodle soup on Wednesday.
- Make your grocery list and stick to it. Personally, I try to shop for groceries every two weeks with a quick trip to the store on the weekend in between to pick up more fresh items. I come to these prepared to buy what’s on sale that week or what we truly need. If something is for sale at a big discount, I stock up for the next couple of weeks so that I don’t have to pay full price next time.
- Skip the bottled water. I’ve already written a post about why I’ve chosen to skip bottled water from an environmental standpoint. But it’s also a waste of money, too. While water from the faucet isn’t completely free, I am not paying extra for it because we’ve never met our minimum amount required to pay more than the flat, basic water fee. It just doesn’t make sense to spend money on water individually packaged in plastic when there is already plenty of water at home. Plus, Lifefactory glass water bottles are way cuter than disposable ones.
What are your favorite ways to save at the grocery store?