Do you hate paying high prices for groceries? We do too. In fact, groceries are the largest expenditures in our budgets. And we’re not alone—according to the Food Freedom Day, Canadians on average spend nearly 11% of their total income on food every year!
So, we’ve been looking for ways to save money on our daily food shopping, and we’ve come up with a few ideas that have worked for us. We thought we’d share them with you in case they could help you too!
1) Pay Attention to Your Grocery Stores’ Loss Leaders:
Groceries are the most expensive item in our budgets, but they don’t have to be. If you’re looking for ways to save money on your groceries, there are a few simple tricks you can use to make sure you’re getting the best deals possible.
First off, make sure you’re paying attention to what your grocery store is offering as a “loss-leader” — that is, something they sell at a loss just so people will come in and buy other things from them. This can be anything from produce that’s about to go bad or meat that needs to be sold off before it spoils. These items will typically be priced very low (often at or below cost) and will help draw customers into the store, so they’ll buy other things while they’re there too!
2) Buy Groceries Online:
You may be surprised that some grocery stores offer online ordering systems and delivery services. If you’re busy or live far away from stores like Costco or Walmart, this might be an easy way for you to save time and money! You’ll need to check with each store individually to see if they offer this service, but many do—just look on their website for details.
3) Use Coupons:
We all love coupons, right? Well, we do! I am not going to tell you that it is easy, but it is definitely worth the effort. The first thing I do when I get home from work is checking my mailbox for any food or toilet paper coupons that have arrived in the mail.
We also subscribe to several magazines that come with coupons and deal alerts. If you shop at a store like Kroger or Publix, there are apps available for your smartphone that can help you find what items are on sale this week as well as their regular prices, so you can use your coupon wisely. You can also find coupons on websites like Groupon and Living Social, which offer deals on groceries every day!
4) Create a Meal Plan Around What’s on Sale That Week:
When it comes to buying groceries, it’s always important to plan ahead. That way you don’t waste any money buying stuff that you won’t use or need. But finding out what’s on sale can be tricky—especially if your grocery store doesn’t have weekly sales flyers like ours does!
So, what can you do? Well, one idea is to create a meal plan around what’s on sale that week. Then buy everything for your meals based on those items instead of picking them up randomly off the shelf when you go shopping. This way you’ll only get what you need—no more trips back to the store because there aren’t any more tomatoes left!
5) Be Wary of Impulse Buys:
Impulse buys are one of the biggest ways that people spend more than they need to at the grocery store. These purchases can be anything from candy bars or chips while standing in line to buying an extra bottle of wine because it was on sale. To avoid these types of impulse buys, make sure to shop with a list and stick to it as much as possible.
If you’re in a situation where you don’t have a list but still feel like making an impulse buy, try asking yourself if it’s something you really need before putting it into your cart. Or better yet, ask someone else who won’t let you buy something just because it’s on sale!
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