Time, something there’s not enough of and something you can’t back. For me, doing the whole coupon thing takes too much of it. Over the years I’ve figured out other ways to save money on groceries without coupons and thought I’d share a few of those with you today!
Pretty much the only good thing about physical spam mail nowadays are flyers! The trick here with using these to save money on groceries without coupons is to figure out what grocery stores have what on sale. Around here, each grocery store has something different on sale every week.
What I do is check each flyer 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 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 turkey and haddock are on sale at the same store so we could make some turkey and haddock meal prep 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 to save money on groceries without coupons for awhile. It 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 $2.00 a pound. I’ve easily saved thousands of dollars by doing this over the years.
Another huge bonus? The grocery store is always empty at night!
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 on groceries without coupons. 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.
For those of you who don’t have those stores around you, usually just buying the biggest item you can find will help you save money on groceries without coupons.
This isn’t always the case though so make sure you do the math.
Don’t Stick To Brands
Almost every grocery store have alternative brands and usually their own for the more common items. Cereals, rolled oats, frozen goods, cheeses, milk substitutes, spices, dressings, the list goes on.
As long as you make sure the ingredient list is the same, this is another great way to save money on groceries without coupons.
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 on groceries down below and don’t forget to share the knowledge with your friends!
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