10 Simple Tricks to Save Big on Groceries

With a little thought, you can lower your grocery bill by extending the life of your food, skipping supermarket gimmicks, maximizing coupons and more. Take note of the tips below and enjoy shopping!

  1. Shop the special sales correctly.

You often see sales for 10 containers of yogurt or tuna or whatever for $5. Did you know that you do not need to buy 10 to get the special price? You can get one container for 50 cents unless the store specifically states otherwise.

  1. Never buy bottled water.

Even if the store-bought bottle costs just $1, you are still paying too much. Just invest in a reusable water bottle. You will recoup your costs after only eight or nine uses!

  1. Know your store’s aisles.

There will be one or two aisles with no temptations for you – maybe paper goods, cosmetics, baby supplies, and so on. Always use these aisles as your passageway to the departments you need at the back of the store.

  1. Buy whole chicken.

You can make more meals out of it for pennies on the pound. Watch a YouTube video on how to butcher the chicken. It is simple enough and you will have all the pieces you usually pay big bucks for.

  1. Extend the life of your cottage cheese.

If you store your cottage cheese upside down, you will extend its shelflife twice as long!

  1. Walk along the perimeter of the grocery store.

Food essentials are usually located on the perimeter of the store. Middle aisles are reserved for costly prepared and processed food.

  1. Save on gourmet coffee.

Mix one part of your favorite gourmet coffee brand with another part of a less expensive brand. Instant savings!

  1. Shop farmers’ markets in the afternoon.

The sellers do not want to bring unsold produce home. Often, they will sell items at a reduced price before the market closes – sometimes as much as 80% off!

  1. Go through the grocery ads before shopping.

Grocery stores have weekly sales. Check out what is on offer before heading to the store and plan your weekly menu around these items.

  1. Compare price per pound.

The right way to compare prices is per pound of the same size-bag and not just the price!

Ian Schindler