Time…something there’s not enough of and something you can’t back. For me, doing the whole coupon thing takes too much time so over the years I’ve kind of just figured out other ways to save money and thought I’d share a few of those ways with you guys today!
- Flyers, pretty much the only good thing about physical spam mail are these things. Now the trick here is figure out what grocery stores have what on sale. Around here, each grocery store has something different on sale every week so what I do is check them out and choose my meals based off that week. For example, this week I could get my sweet potatoes, asparagus, and strawberries at one store and then chicken for my protein source at another store. Another option is to just pick the store with the best deals and base your recipes off what’s on sale. This week since both of these are on sale at the same store, we could make some turkey and haddock recipes. You can make this as easy or as hard as you want to but trust me, the savings add up quick over the whole year.
- Late night shopping! This one has been a staple of mine for awhile and should work for everyone, especially if you’re around a grocery store that doesn’t have that much foot traffic. After around 8 o’clock most grocery stores will heavily discount meats and sometimes other stuff that’s getting close to expiration. I can almost always find ground beef, turkey, or chicken for under 2 bucks a pound. Seriously, I’ve easily saved thousands of dollars by doing this over the years and the grocery store is always empty at night so that’s another huge bonus.
- Not all grocery stores are equal. This one’s for those who have a good memory or like writing stuff down. In my experience, since groceries stores are like a second home, I’ve noticed that each grocery store has different things cheaper than other ones. If you can remember what grocery store has what for cheaper, you’re another step closer to saving money. For example, one of my grocery stores has Greek yogurt for $1.29 and my other one has it for $1.00. If I’m eating 1 a day, that’s around $90 saved a year. Factor in a bunch of other items and that number will add up REAL QUICK!
- Buy in bulk. Frozen vegetables, nut butters, eggs, condiments, meats, and so on can be bought in bulk everywhere. If you have a membership to Costco, BJ’s, or Sam’s Club you can find even better deals, especially on meats but for those of us who don’t, usually just buying the biggest item you can find will save you some serious coin. This isn’t always the case though so make sure you do the math.
- Don’t be a brand whore. Almost every grocery store has alternative brands, usually their own for the more common items. Cereals, rolled oats, frozen goods, cheeses, milk substitutes, spices, dressings, the list goes on. Just make sure the ingredient list is the same and you’re good to go. There are a few exceptions here where the cheaper item isn’t nearly as good but most of them taste the same so it’s worth trying if it’s a lot cheaper.
With that, post some other ways you save money down below and don’t forget to share the knowledge with your friends!!!