With food prices always rising, buying groceries for the family has become quite expensive. The average family of 4, spends $866.40 a month on food. And if you are trying to buy natural and organic you are looking at over $900.00 a month. So what can you do to help shave off a few pennies from this large sum? Here are 6 simple ways that I’ve found to help save you money on groceries.
- Coupons – This is no big secret. Coupons can save you a good chunk of change. The only thing to be careful of is to not start buying products you normally don’t use just because you have a coupon. Two great resources of finding coupons online are The Krazy Coupon Lady and Coupon Diva.
- One Big Shopping Day Each Month – We were going to Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Hy-Vee and Costco multiple times each week during the month. The more we went the more we would make impulse buys just because we were at the store. So we decided to cut down our shopping trips. Now we have one day each month where we stock up at all our grocery destinations. Then we just go to one store each week, during the remaining 3 weeks of the month for anything we might run out of. This has saved us lots of money!
- Go Shopping with a List – Go with a list and stick with it. Studies have shown that shoppers who go with a list spend less money. Plain and simple.
- Never Go Grocery Shopping Hungry – Eat first then go. If you go hungry you will make impulse buys you don’t need.
- Get a Target Red Card – If you shop for groceries, diapers or other kid’s stuff at Target, get a Red Card. It’s free, attaches to your checking account and saves you 5% off each purchase. We save close to $20.00 a month just by purchasing our Target items with the card. Target Cartwheel is also another great way to find savings!
- Buy in Bulk – Check into a membership at Costco or Sam’s Club. They are a great place to stock up and save money. Also, while you are there gas up. Gas savings alone will pay for your membership each year. We purchase all our batteries at Costco in bulk. And as a parent you can understand how many batteries a person with children uses.