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How to cut your grocery bill in half

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How to Cut Your Grocery Budget in Half -

 

If you were going to give advice to someone new to frugality on how to cut your grocery bill in half, what would you say?  Start by assuming they are putting things into their cart mindlessly and not doing anything to save.  

 

What tips to cut your grocery budget in half would you have that DON'T involve using coupons?

 

post #2 of 49

Plan meals around what is on sale that week.

Make a list.

Try and find coupons for things you need.

Don't shop hungry.

Try to shop without kids.

post #3 of 49

When hubby was on unemployment, every penny spent at the grocery store had to count nutritionally. My first hint - in addition to making a list and planning menus - is to price EVERYTHING in terms of price per serving. And I expand that now to include pricing everything in terms of price per nutritional value.

 

For instance, I might be able to pick up a 2-liter bottle of generic soda for $90 cents but there is no nutritional value in it. I'd rather spend a bit more, drink a bit less, and actually get the vitamin C from a can of frozen concentrated pink lemonade.

 

I also have to ask if "grocery bill" includes non-food purchases. If so, the first place I start is to delete or severely reduce the amount of disposable products and cleaning products that are purchased. Most of those items are impulse purchases and not really needed.
 

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I also have to ask if "grocery bill" includes non-food purchases. If so, the first place I start is to delete or severely reduce the amount of disposable products and cleaning products that are purchased. Most of those items are impulse purchases and not really needed.

 

 

Also, don't buy non-food items at the grocery store.  If I need toiletries or household items I'm better off getting them at a big box store like Target or purchasing on Amazon.com.

post #5 of 49

First of all, stop throwing things in the cart mindlessly. You are guaranteed to overbuy right there.

 

Skip convenience items. Cut your own veggies vs buying baby carrots. Buy a whole chicken vs breasts. Buy bulk oatmeal and divvy up servings vs instant packets.  If it makes your life easier or is faster chances are pretty good it's far more expensive than another option.

 

Buy according to the circulars, sales, what's in season, and use coupons.

 

Know at all times what items are in your house so you know at a glance what you have plenty of and what you are running low on or are out of. 

post #6 of 49

Plan my menu, make a list, stick to the list when I shop.  Sticking to the list is where I fail, I have every good intention to stick to it then something pretty catches my eye! LOL!  I have gotten better at it though.

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If you were going to give advice to someone new to frugality on how to cut your grocery bill in half, what would you say?  Start by assuming they are putting things into their cart mindlessly and not doing anything to save.

Funny, this is exactly what I do!...lol No lie!
post #8 of 49

Plan ahead and freeze or can fruits and vegetables when they are in growing season.   I freeze everything.

post #9 of 49

Along with meal planning and prepping all of your own fruits and veggies, plan on prepping all of the food in one day so have plenty of baggies or food storage containers on hand.

 

The baggies can be reused if you use them for stuff like carrot sticks, fruit slices, etc. If you use them to store meat then throw them out.

 

Remember to plan meals around your schedule. 

 

Make homemade snacks instead of buying them. 

 

Drink water.

 

You can also buy powdered Gatorade and make it by the gallon.

 

This may sound odd but keep your kitchen clean. Having a dirty kitchen will make it less likely for you to cook and more likely to order out. 

post #10 of 49

Menu plan around the sales and plan meatless meals and for leftovers.

 

I save the most money with my pantry. It took awhile to build up, but it's worth it. On the majority of my items I only buy on sale. For instance the girls love the HyVee flavored instant oatmeal packets. About twice a year it goes on sale for $.99 a box. I stock up several months worth. In theory I never pay full price for certain items. Likewise condiments go on sale around the 4th of July and the Super Bowl. Stock up on ketchup during those sales to last until the next sale. 

 

I save lots of money by doing the majority of my grocery shopping at Aldi's.

 

When meat is on sale buy extra and freeze it for later. 

 

Keep a price book so you know if you can get an item cheaper somewhere else. 

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