*This post is dedicated to my Grandpa, Hermann. My Grandpa taught me a lot about finance as well as saving money on groceries and I owe it to him. My Grandpa passed away peacefully on 8th February 2018.
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Want to save money on groceries? Yes please! Food prices are becoming increasingly higher and it is hard to shop for quality products when you’re on a tight budget and especially when there’s other expenses rolling out of your bank account.
Today I am going to show you how 10 super simple ways to save money on groceries.
1. Write a shopping list
One thing that I’ve learned over my many trips to the supermarket is to write down exactly what I need – especially if you want to save money on groceries. If I don’t write down what I need I end up spending way more time in the supermarket and buying items that aren’t necessary. You can download my free shopping list below.
2. Find out what is on special
I recommend reading your weekly catalogues – this way you can find out what groceries are on special. If I find that I buy something regularly and it is on special, I will buy multiples of that item.
You can even plan out dinner recipes with what food is currently on special or freeze meat products and cook it for another day.
3. Create your own meal plan
A great way to save money and shop on a tight budget is to create a meal plan. This means you know exactly what you’re going to buy and what you’re going to cook. If you simply don’t have the time to create your own meal plan, I recommend checking out The $5 Meal Plan. The $5 Meal Plan sends out weekly meal plans straight to your inbox and they even provide Gluten free plans too.
I love using the $5 Meal Plan – their meals are inexpensive and super tasty. If you use my link you can signup for a free 14-day risk-free trial. Click here to join today.
4. Shop at Aldi
Some people may underestimate the greatness of Aldi Supermarket. I have recently loved shopping at Aldi and have found some awesome deals. One jar of pasta sauce cost less than $2 – score!
Aldi stocks most of the items that I need and I have found that fresh produce and meat/dairy products are so much cheaper.
5. Stop weaving in and out of aisles
Yep! I am guilty as charged. I used to weave in and out of aisles and that would cause me to buy items that I definitely did not need. That $5 protein bar? No thank you!
It’s all about self control – only buy what you need and not what you want.
6. Use Rewards/Coupons
If your supermarket offers rewards or coupons – definitely go ahead and use them. One supermarket that I regularly shop at offers a $10 off for every 2,000 points that you spend or you can accumulate them over a year and spend them during Christmas time. I personally prefer to accumulate them over the year and spend what I’ve earned during Christmas time, as that seems to be the most expensive time of the year.
I also recommend checking out eBates – where you can earn cash back from your purchases. If you sign up using my link you can get $10 for free! Click here to join eBates and start earning cash back from your favourite stores.
7. Cook and freeze your meals
If you’re really serious about spending less money – I definitely recommend cooking ahead of time and then freezing your meals. This way you don’t have to go out and buy groceries for dinner or buy takeaway and it saves time if you’ve got a busy schedule or you don’t feel like cooking.
8. Shop alone and don’t shop while you’re hungry!
I personally find it easier to shop alone. You don’t have anyone in your ear to make unwanted purchases and you have a clear focus of what you need to buy and then get out of the supermarket as quickly as possible.
Don’t shop while you’re hungry – this will cause you to buy unwanted products.
9. Buy produce that’s in season
When produce becomes in season, it’s definitely a lot cheaper to buy. Check your local supermarket to see which fresh fruits and vegetables are currently in season.
10. Don’t buy packaged/processed foods
Try and buy as fresh as possible. That packet of Mac and Cheese might be tasty and inexpensive, however, buying rice, pasta, beans or legumes is actually a lot cheaper, healthier and more fulfilling.
What are some ways that you like to save money on groceries?
Start writing down what groceries you really need. Download your free shopping list below.