And while some of us love grocery shopping, many others simply loathe it. Because of the time it takes up, the having to put away everything after it’s been purchased, and because of the prices – they seem to be getting more and more outrageous on some of the most common household items we purchase all the time.
I’ve done some research and have come across four tried and true methods for saving your family money when it comes to groceries. Read on for some great money saving tips.
1. Use Coupons
If you haven’t already, it’s time to become one with coupons, my dear mamas and papas.
Spending thirty seconds clipping or printing out a manufacturer’s coupon to save on an item that your family uses often adds up to dollars saved.
And if you combine the coupon with a sale – well now, that’s just a super-duper savings for you.
There’s no law stating that you have to become the next ‘extreme coupon champion’, simply being on the look-out for coupons that become available on the items that your family uses on a regular basis will help you easily save money on your future grocery bills.
2. Stock Up
Think non-perishables such as beans and those that have a long shelf-life such as canned goods and rice.
These are items that you should purchase in multiples so that you have ‘fillers’ around for meals.
Baked some chicken did you, mama? Need a side dish? Oh great – you have extra cans of sliced carrots or mixed veggies. Looks like dinner’s done in a jiffy.
Don’t be afraid to hit the dented cans either, mamas. I’ve found some fantastic steals on the dented rack when I’ve taken the time to look through it.
If you’re not a member of a wholesale club (think Sam’s Club or BJ’s or Costco) then saddle up with a friend who is and buy some of your most used items in bulk.
Not everything is a better buy at those places but most things are, so take the time to look at everything and figure out if your family could benefit from the large quantities.
3. Plan Out Your Meals
Take an hour or so on the weekend when the day is over and plan out your weekly dinners.
Not only will you feel less stressed about what’s for dinner all week, but you’ll be able to shop accordingly once you hit the supermarket and will be less likely to overbuy items that you think you might need during the week.
4. Cook Your Meals
This one is a given if you wish to save money on groceries when it comes to family meals.
You’ll save the most money if you cook everything from scratch.
Don’t forget about slow cookers, also commonly referred to as a Crock-Pot.
You can literally cook everything and anything in a slow cooker – from side dishes to main dishes to desserts to bread, you name it, there’s a recipe for cooking it via your slow cooker.
Also, consider cooking two or more dishes and freezing the extra for another meal. This way, if you’re short on time you can just pull out a finished dish and heat it up.
- Make it a family affair and get everyone involved in the meal planning and cooking and relish in the free family time.
About the author: Danielle is a professional blogger, freelance writer, social media manager, and web content editor specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, start-ups, and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.