Ways to save on groceries?

@oscar6 (1939)
United States
May 8, 2009 12:35am CST
Hello fellow mylotters, I have figured out that a large part of my budget each month is spent at the grocery store. i was wondering if anyone had any frugal tips on how to save money on groceries. I do use coupons when i have them (if anyone has any good sites they would like to share that would be great)however im looking for more ways. Thanks!
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@Raven1 (577)
• Australia
11 May 09
I'm a single mom with a 4 year old daughter and 2 very large German Shepherd dogs to feed. My grocery bill is usually $30 per week and we all eat VERY well. Learn to cook all the things you like at home. Meals, desserts, sweets, biscuits, cake - whatever. Don't buy pre-packaged meals. It's much cheaper to make as much as you can and most things really don't take too long to cook. If you have the room, grow vegetables and salads and fruit. I do this every year and you quickly learn to make recipes for whatever's ready to pick that day.
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• United States
31 May 09
Great tips! I learned to make homemade tortilla chips since I eat them all the time. Takes 10 minutes to bake and they do taste yummy! I'm actually teaching myself now that I can no longer purchase pre-made food and it's fun!
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• Philippines
8 May 09
Here's a tip. If you are planning to buy grocery items, make sure that you are not hungry. I have noticed that when I got to the grocery and I'm hungry, I tend to buy more than what I need. Then when I wasn't hungry, I only bought those that I need. Saved me almost half of the bill. Cheers!
@oscar6 (1939)
• United States
8 May 09
Thats really good advice. I do the same thing sometimes. Actually I make trips a lot when im hungry since there never seems to be anything in the house to eat. I think maybe i should make out a list on these days so that I only buy what I intentally went to the store to get. Thanks for your advice, ill keep this in mind next time.
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
18 May 09
Try generic brands and compare them to the cost of name brands, with or without coupons. Always try to shop alone. Taking a child or spouse usually increases the grocery bill. Buy the basics then cook from them instead of buying food that's already prepared in some way. Eat less meat. When you make a dish that calls for a pound of ground beef, use 3/4 of the package and put the rest in the freezer. When you've done that three times, you'll have enough saved for a "free" meal. Never go shopping hungry. Everything looks better then. Watch for sales and stock up then to avoid paying full price for an item. Watch for marked down items. Some stores mark down meat when it's close to its expiration date. You can cook it right away and/or freeze it and it will keep fine. Read places like Dollar Stretcher (stretcher.com) and you'll find a lot more tips.
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• United States
31 May 09
I learned this from spending a lifetime working in and around the supermarket industry--look up and look down. The most expensive items are right in your face. Also, don't just look at the overall price, look at the unit price. I taught that to my daughter a few years back, and when we were in a grocery store again recently, she looked first at the bottom shelves (she's shorter than me) but then I reminded her to look at the Unit Price. I might have paid a few cents more up front, but I'm getting more uses out of my purchase. Hope that helps!
• United States
31 May 09
Oh, and I forgot...someone mentioned they figure out the cost in advance--I bring cash and if that's all I have, some of it will go back (had to go without conditioner for a month!). If you bring a card, you're more likely to spend more.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
9 Jun 09
Things i do to save money on groceries are: Buy items only on sale unless its things that never go on sale like milk eggs bread etc. Use Coupons Price match - i go through the fliers of each store and then find where the item is cheapest (theres only 2 stores locally here for me to go to though so its not as time consuming) I grow a garden - potatoes, carrots, peas, radishes, lettuce, dill. Its really good fresh and the seeds cost me 25 dollars for the entire garden. (oups forgot cucumbers and pumpkins) I do the garden work myself and i end up not having to buy potatoes until about june the next spring. Carrots i run out of sooner...peas depends on how may i freeze. It saves me a bit of money and gives me exercise and i spend less on movie rentals and stuff because i have something i have to do. If you cant grow a garden farmers markets are AWESOME - fresh veggies but lower prices...it also helps the local farmers. I buy my meat from local farmers - do one pig/one cow and split the meat with my parents...you get charged market price for the animal not after its been sold, butchered, wrapped cut and marked up price. You do have to pay for cutting and wrapping however its way cheaper to do the whole thing at once then buy stuff peice meal..We store it in a deep freeze. Buy in bulk - its cheaper per unit. you can even split the bulk items with a friend and split the cost. Make a list, dont shop hungry, OR make a list and send someone else to shop - they tend to not add to the list!