One of the most common things I hear is that “its more expensive to eat healthy!” This couldn’t be more false. We’ve actually saved money on groceries eating a plant-based diet, AND we are much healthier which saves money too! I’d rather spend money on yummy food than on doctor visits & prescriptions! Here are five ways I save money on groceries! These tips work for large families, one income families, or anybody wanting to learn to stretch a dollar! As a wife, it’s my responsibility to ensure that there is food in the pantry & on the table, prepared. I believe that homemaking is serving my husband & work done unto the Lord. As I talked about here. Proverbs 31 says that she provides food for her household, and make sure her dealings are profitable, right? Ok, I’m not going to preach… but I’m going to teach us how to make sure our homes are kept and we stretch our income! Oh, Ya’ll can thank my GG for teaching me most of these tips while I was growing up. I still don’t know how she did it!
1. Make a budget.
This may seem very strange, but having a budget is simply an important step financially. You have to know where your money is going & how much you have to spend before I can tell you how to spend it. So, what’s your weekly/monthly grocery budget? Do you have a separate budget for eating out? How many times do you go grocery shopping? Once a week? Or do you run to the store constantly? This is one of the easiest ways to spend a lot of money. Ten dollars here & ten dollars there will add up much quicker than you think.
2. Shop on sale.
My next tip is to shop on sale. I plan my meal lists based off of what items are on sale! I hardly ever pay full price for anything, unless I am at the farmer’s market where the prices are already super affordable! This is a tip inside of a tip: Find out what days your local store gets the truck in. Sometimes, they will mark down items (like prepackaged greens, salad mix, cold pressed juices, Naked juices, even meats) early that morning to make room for the new stock! I’ve gotten juices for minty-nine cents, and when we ate meat I would stock up when I found it at a good price! Just be sure to watch the expiration dates!
3. Make a list.
This next one is REALLY important. If I go shopping without a list; its a complete disaster. I will end up with all these random items that don’t even match! Tortillas, no beans. Bread, no peanut butter. Almond milk, no bananas. It’s horrible. It’s like you look at how much money you’ve spent, then you are still looking around like “what am I going to eat?” It also saves you time, because you focus on the items on the list, and not everything that looks “SO GOOD” in the store. By making a list, you get the items you need for your meals only. It’s okay to stray away for a little bit if you find an unadvertised deal, but make sure you stay within your budget! No hungry and distracted shopping.
4. Shop in bulk, when possible.
This tip is great for large families and also meat eaters! Like I mentioned before, when we ate meat I would stock up whenever it was on sale. The freezer is your best friend. Let me give you an example. Say its just you and your spouse. You can purchase a family pack of boneless chicken breast & divide it up into ziplock bags. That way, when you unthaw the chicken, you only have to unthaw enough for you both. The same with ground beef. Buy the huge family packs (because it’s cheaper on sale,) but freeze the portion size you need! Also, watch for early morning sales in the meat department. You can ALWAYS freeze meat & unthaw it when you get ready to cook it. I have found steaks on sale at prices you wouldn’t believe, just by shopping early in the morning! Places like Sam’s and COSTCO also help save money on bulk items. Here are some staples are great to buy in bulk: grits, rice, sugar, oatmeal, cereal, etc. Some grocery stores even have the bulk bins inside! Last week, I found that Sprouts had brown rice 2 pounds for $1 in the bulk bins! This was cheaper than the ones on the shelf. Some stores also give you a case discount when you purchase a case. We often do this with alkaline water because it is pricey. It never hurts to ask.
5. Use apps that give you cash back.
My last tip is for when you get home. Always keep your recipets! Apps like Ibotta, Checkout51 & Savings Catcher (Walmart) will give you cash back on your groceries AND household items. It’s so quick and easy. You simply log onto the app, look to see which items are giving cash back and then scan your reciept on your phone! It will automatically add the money to your account, and when you are ready to cash out you get to choose if you want paypal, or a store gift card! I’m saving up until I get to a $100 Sephora gift card. It won’t be long! #Winning
Here is my code for Ibotta: sdthixm (just type it in when you create your account) or you can click this link! https://ibotta.com/r/sdthixm
When you sign up & redeem your first rebate, you will get an ADDITIONAL $10 credit added to your account if you use this code when signing up! Please join me in saving money! Lol.
Bonus Tip: Always use digital coupons— this is a paperless, non-time consuming way to drop your total at checkout!
Hopefully, these five tips will help you to save money on your grocery bill! If you found this blog to be beneficial or have any questions, please let me know in the comment section below! Be sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss the next blog in this series. Until next time…
here’s an example of a budget friendly shopping trip!