Everyone is looking to save a buck or two. One of the hardest places to do so is on your grocery bill. At least in my mind it is. You can always cut coupons, but let’s face it, to do so takes lots and lots of time. Time that I simply just don’t have. In addition to not having the time, I don’t have the space to hold the “stockpiles” that most serious couponers have. I barely have pantry stuff for the current rotation! Those are just the reasons I just can’t get a hang of seriously couponing. Although I do try. But having a family of five means that we need a lot of groceries. I’m talking five gallons of milk a week a lot of groceries.
One of the main things I do to save on my grocery bill is plan our food for the week. I plan out every meal, every day. During my planning process, I get my grocery store’s weekly sales circular and I make decisions based on what’s for sale. As best as I can, I only shop from the sales. Another great way to save a dollar or twenty, is to price check stores. Now I’m not suggesting that you go to five hundred stores a week, but I am suggesting that you do an average run at one store, the an average run at the next. See which one has more sales, and which one saves you the most.
The other thing that I do to save money, is I’m not a brand snob. That means if it is cheaper, I buy the store brand. Sometimes sales will make the national brands cheaper, so make sure to look. The only thing that I weekly price check is milk. Because we go through so much, it’s worth it to buy it at the cheapest price possible. And my final tip for saving on your grocery bill is to make your list, THEN search online for coupons. Print out any that correlate with what’s already on your list. That will save you from buying things just because you have a coupon for it.