Save Big Bucks At The Grocery Store

Save Big Bucks At The Grocery Store


Anyone who has done at least some food shopping over the past year has noticed a disturbing trend: grocery bills are climbing much faster than the rate of inflation. It isn’t difficult to make a visit to the food store and spend $150 to $200 or more to feed your family of four; $300 or more per week to feed a large family!

vegetablesThere are ways for you to save on your food budget, efforts which can pay off and result in you saving 10-50% or more weekly. With gas prices surging ever higher and the cost of everything else also going up, you need whatever help you can get to trim costs. The following are some tips to help you achieve success when shopping:

Clip Coupons — Well, sort of. These days, clipping coupons has changed to: use your favorite grocer’s store card and save. Sure, you can get a hold of the Sunday paper and clip coupons, but most time-pressed people aren’t going to bother with this practice. Instead, by carefully selecting which items are on sale each week and stocking up on your favorites, you can use “clipless” coupons to bring about similar savings.

Shop In Bulk — By visiting the supermarket several times per week you risk spending more overall. Instead, carefully draw up a weekly list and visit your favorite store weekly. You’ll avoid the temptation to spend too much and you’ll save on food (and gas).

Change Your Shopping Habits — Your favorite food store may be able to save you some money, but a warehouse club could save you even more. You’ll be buying larger portions of most items, but you could save a lot of money by making the occasional visit to your BJs, Costco, or Sam’s Club store. Also consider a discount store such as Aldi’s which carries a lot of store brand and some name brand items. Their prices are significantly lower because you are not paying for bags, shopping cart returns, fancy stores, etc.

Cut out the Waste — Buying food that you’ll actually finish makes sense, but how much of what you buy is actually thrown away? Certainly, if you can recycle unused foods in a compost pile you’re doing your part ecologically, but you’re not helping your food budget if you make significant and large contributions to the garbage pile. Consider: some of the foods you buy can be frozen and thawed out later for consumption. Consider developing menus to help sharpen your food budget.

Other ways to save is to choose let expensive sides of beef, eating out less often, eating more vegetables and starches while munching down less meat, picking up the occasional scratch and dent can, visiting a day old bread store, and growing some of your vegetables in your own yard.

Will we ever see cheap food prices again? Not as long gasoline prices remain at record levels. Transportation and processing costs are part of the blame for high food prices, things that cannot be easily kept under control when oil prices are at record levels.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".