When we became a one income family the first thing we had to adjust was our budget. We cut our miscellaneous spending to buying only what we needed and then our grocery budget was next.
With a growing family of six at that time my grocery bill was about $150 to $200 every week. You can see I had some major adjustments to make. I still wanted to buy the foods and snacks the family enjoyed so that meant I had to carefully plan meals and stick to the budget we made for our food bill at the time.
To be quite honest I was more focused on the time it was going to take to search and clip coupons, then the money I could be saving. I had never paid attention to coupons before but that soon changed after I started to realize the savings potential those little pieces of paper hold.
There are four important things we can do to save money when we buy groceries. And if you’re looking for some tips you’ve come to the right place because that’s what I’m going to share with you today. Let’s get right to it then.
If you haven’t joined the coupon craze I’m going to change your mind today. Like I mentioned earlier, I didn’t want to take time to search and clip for coupons until I saw how much I can save with them.
I wrote a post titled All You Need To Know About Coupons that will break it down for you and show you where you can get coupons. Here’s a quick example of how coupons work >> Let’s say you buy items on sale at Walgreens. They are 3/$5.00 plus you get 2,000 reward points which is equal to a $2 off coupon. Plus you have a coupon for .75 cents off those 3 items.
The final price you pay is 3/$4.25 minus the $2 coupon that was printed out, so you end up paying 3/$2.25 which is .75 per item instead of $1.66. The final price you pay for each item is .75 cents.
The $2 off coupon can then be used toward the next purchase. Some folks make two separate purchases to use the $2 on that same day.
Cool, right? If you’re not sure where to get coupons, you can get printable coupons, for all your favorite things, right here.
Sales Ads/Reward Programs
Take a look at your local sales ads for the best deals and take advantage of programs. Walmart has a price comparison program and Kroger’s rewards program offers added savings.
My favorite program is the Kroger Rewards. Not only do they provide digital coupons but I save more money because the points I earn saves me .10 cents on fuel. They even have a mobile app to make it easier for us.
Make A Grocery List
You don’t want go to the grocery store without a list or you’ll be picking up items you don’t need and before you know it you’re spending more than you wanted to. A list helps you stay in control of your purchases and keeps more money in the bank.
Planning your meals is a great money saver. Start by using stuff you already have in the fridge and pantry and make your list based on what items you need to complete your meals. I’ve ended up with two boxes of Minute Rice because I didn’t check to see if I had any before I went to the store so you can say I’ve learned the hard way. :-)
Over To You
Those are the four steps we should take so we can save money on our grocery bill. Now here comes the fun part. Let’s dish about how you save money on your grocery bill. Fill out the comments section below and tell us how you do it.
One more thing before you go. I would really appreciate it if you’d post this in your social media networks so we can spread these money-saving tips.
Here’s to saving money!
Corina is a work-from-home mom rolling with the punches while trying to balance a family and an online business. She is dealing with teens, grey hair, and wrinkles all at the same time! She recently launched a new blog known as Not Now Mom's Busy which talks about teen issues, juggling family life with work life, living on a budget, and so much more.