8 Ways to Save Money on Groceries
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#1 Pick The Right Store
I went to Martins and bought groceries for 2 weeks and spent 240$. The next time I went to Aldi and spent 150$ for 2 weeks. That is a huge difference.
I believe that Aldi has quality food for a very low price. Walmart comes close to their pricing. If you want to see a price comparison check out Passionate Penny Pincher’s post.
#2 Save Money on Liquids
Another money saver is a water filter pitcher. I read a lot of reviews and came to the conclusion that the Mavea water filter pitcher is the best fit for our family. We change the filter every 2 month and the filter per month costs 3.36$. That is cheaper than the bottled water and you have less plastic trash on top of that. You can easily order the water filter refills through Amazon.
Cut out on soda, ice tea and fruit juice. I make my fruit juice with a juicer which is cheaper and healthier. You can juice almost all fruits and vegetables. If your fruits/veggies start to go bad you can just simply drink and not waste them. Plus you get a lot of vitamins. You can read about my favorite juice recipe and how to make ahead/store the juice for multiple days by clicking HERE.
The same goes with iced tea. Making things yourself can save you money and you can always make big batches to save time. Here are 21 iced tea recipes.
#3 Buy Sales in Bulks
If you see a product that you use all the time and is on sale, buy it in bulks. Make sure it won’t expire before you can eat it all. Freeze the on sale meat if you bought it in bulk. Meat is usually the more expensive item. Also compare frozen vs. fresh fruits and vegetables pricing.
#4 Meal Planning
Writing a grocery list before you go shopping can save you tons of money, if you stick to it. If you plan all your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks then there is no excuse to go out to eat or to buy more stuff at the store because you already have everything you need for the week in your cart. If you still throw lots of food away because you are over buying, put a price on everything you throw out. You will be shocked how much money you throw into your trash can.
Check your freezer and see what you could turn into a meal before you write your grocery list. If you find meat in there you just have to buy sides to go with it.
Include seasonal produce in your planning since they are cheaper. If you don’t know how to meal plan or you simply don’t have the time or nerves you can sign up for the 5$ meal plan. Learn how to save money with this meal plan in my $5 Meal Plan Dinner Recipes Review. Or grab 8 Aldi dinner recipes between 1$ and 2.30$ a plate to start out right now.
#5 Use Cash Back Apps
There are 2 apps I tried to get rebates. You can scan the barcode and submit your receipt in the Ibotta app and you will have the cash deposited in your account within 24 hours. Your earnings can be transferred to your PayPal or Venmo account, or you can get a gift card. Before you go shopping download the app and unlock the rebates. Then shop, verify the purchases and get cash. Signing up is free and you can find out more by clicking HERE.
The other app that I really like is Checkout51. Here you don’t have to pick a store and sign up is free too. They have new offers every week. Some brand products and also some general products. For example last week they had 1 gallon milk and tomatoes. This week they have a dozen eggs. You simply scan your receipts (take picture) with the app and mark which item on their offer list you purchased.
#6 Cut Back on Snacks
I think we spend at least 10-15 dollars, probably more on snacks each week. It is so easy to grab a quick snack when you feel just a little bit hungry. Not just that the snacks are pricy they are also not really good for you. That snack hunger happens to me between lunch and dinner and around 9 pm when it is movie time.
My tip here is to eat a fruit and drink a glass of water to calm your hunger just a little to make it to the next meal. Eat a good breakfast, lunch and dinner and in between eat fruits and veggies as snacks. Or try to eat just 1-2 cookies instead of 1/3 of the package to make it last longer.
You can also bake a pie or cake for 2-3 dollars and make it last for the whole weak. Sometimes I just drink milk with cocoa when I want something sweet. You don’t have to cut out all the snacks. Just substitute them more often with fruits and eat just a little to make the box last longer.
#7 Consume Less Meat
Meat is often the most expensive item in the recipes. Try to buy meat in bulk when it is on sale and freeze it. Try to cook more vegetarian recipes or just cut the asked amount of meat in your recipe in half. For example if you cook a lasagna, a casserole or a pot of chili, instead of using 1 lb. of meat just use 1/2 lb. Also ground Turkey is cheaper and healthier than ground beef.
#8 Grow Your Own Produce
Growing your own fruits and vegetables will save you money on your grocery bill. And it is not that hard.
Even in small gardens or if you just have a patio or balcony you can grow some fruits and vegetables. Some grow very well in pots. To find out what to grow you need to do 2 steps.
- Find out in what USDA Hardiness Zone you live in. You can simply type in your zip code on this webpage.
- Go to the vegetable planning zone calendar where you can see when to plant what, and when to reap it.
We live in Maryland and our plan looks like this
Now you just have to figure out where you can put the plants (sun or shade) and get the fitting plants. For example tomatoes need strong and direct light. So find a spot that provides that and you can plant them in a pot.
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