by Heather, July 03, 2014
When it comes to maximizing your savings, there is one area that many people look at in their budget. The food and grocery section of your budget can be one of the easiest places to look for hidden savings. For some people it can be tough to cut back on grocery spending. But there are ways that you can effectively reduce your grocery spending by taking a few simple steps by adding a bit of pre-work to your shopping day. Take a look at these sensible tips that you can use today.
* Don’t throw out the circulars! – Yes, they are a pain and junk up the mailbox, but you will need those to look for the best prices in town. In fact, you can view them online as well and see circulars for neighboring towns too.
* Shop early in the morning or late in the evening. – You can save money on marked down meats and produce that are near their expiration date. Grocery store managers are in early and place mark downs out to be cleared out. Some meat departments will do this later in the evenings. Check with your store.
* Shop Discount Stores – There a plenty of discount groceries stores where you can save on name brand products and pick up private label products for much less than a traditional grocery store.
* Go to a different town/ larger stores to stock up – Once a month, head to a larger town and/or larger stores to save on bulk pricing. Buy canned veggies in cases and meat in bulk to break down and store.
* Take the time to comparison shop – You may be used to just running in and grabbing what you need, but if you start making note of pricing and then comparing it to other stores, you will soon learn where you buy certain items for the best price.
* Go Meat free a few times a week – Not every dinner has to include meat. Look to eggs, cheeses, veggies, nuts and fruit for tasty, affordable substitutes
These tips are a great place to start your savings. You can add on more savings by using the tips from our 15 Tips to Cut Your Food Bill article too. Share some of your tips with us!