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5 Tips to Save Money When Grocery Shopping

With prices going up all around us, saving money when grocery shopping is important. 

But we’re not always aware of the small changes we can make to save a few extra dollars.

Tricks like avoiding grocery shopping while hungry or thirsty help save money. But, what else can help reduce the amount we spend on groceries?

To help you out, we’ve made a list of 5 tips to save money when grocery shopping.

Tip 1: Shop Sales

Many grocery stores have 10 – 15% off when you shop on the first Tuesday of every month. This alone can quite significantly help save money when grocery shopping.

Keeping your eyes peeled for a sale like buy one get one free (BOGO) can also help reduce your final bill at the grocery store.

Some stores even offer discounts when you sign up for their loyalty cards to collect points.

These points can be used towards your purchases as well making your grocery shop cheaper than it would have been without using the card.

“Tricks like avoiding grocery shopping while hungry or thirsty help save money”

Tip 2: Choose Generic Brands

Sure we all have brand loyalty to an extent like a particular brand of dressing we like.

But, breaking away from our go-tos could really help with saving money when grocery shopping.

Switching brands doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste either. Generic or house brands can be surprisingly comparable to the brands we are used to buying.

And you’d be surprised, they can be better than what we typically buy!

Tip 3: Buy in Bulk

Items that have a long shelf life in your pantry are great to buy in bulk.

Buying things like toilet paper, paper towel or other non-perishable items are perfect for buying in bulk to help you save money when grocery shopping.

Going to grocery stores that offer items in bulk, like baking products or trail mix, are also great options.

We are often forced to buy a 500g bag of something like almonds because that’s the only available option. Shopping in places where you only buy what you need is helpful in reducing your total bill at the grocery store.

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Tip 4: Be Produce Savvy

Buying regular produce instead of organic can help save money when grocery shopping, but getting produce or products on sale is even more beneficial.  

Buy fruits or veggies that are on sale for the week, then switch it up for another fruit the following week that’s on special.

Shopping for in-season produce is another way to go easy on the wallet.

Choosing frozen or canned fruits and veggies can be cheaper than fresh ones and offer a longer shelf-life.

Also, try to stay away from pre-packaged fruit and veggie trays, yes it’s convenient but it will typically cost more.

Lastly, don’t forget to look at flyers to see if there are coupons for anything on your list.

Tip 5: Check Your Fridge and Pantry Before Grocery Shopping

Most of us are no stranger to making a list before grocery shopping. Check both your fridge AND pantry can help with overstocking and spending more than you need to.

Plan meals from what you have in your pantry to save cost and use what you have before it expires.

One of the biggest culprits are condiments. Did you really run out, or is that bottle of mustard in the pantry? If you do have some of what you’re looking for, check them each year for the expiry date.


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