Are you looking to save money on groceries? You can save hundreds of dollars per month (that’s thousands per year)!
Does sticking to a budget make you feel limited? I understand that so well.
I used to grocery shop and come home, unload all my groceries only to look around and wonder exactly what I bought.
It wasn’t until I got strategic and started researching that I found freedom and relief in my weekly planning.
I’m here to tell you it’s possible! You can save money on groceries every month and never have to feel that way again.
Here are our top 14 ways to save money on groceries:
1. SHOP THE SALES
As obvious as this sounds, most people aren’t doing it. When chicken goes on sale, buy double and freeze one for later. If it isn’t on sale, you don’t buy it.
2. MARINATE YOUR MEAT
This is such an easy way to save time and money.
MONEY: Marinating allows you to buy a cheaper cut of meat! When your meat marinates it infuses delicious flavour but also tenderizes it! No one will know if you bought an expensive or cheap cut, which saves you money.
TIME: If you marinate your meat in advance you’re guaranteed to stick to your meal plan and not eat out. You have a time frame you need to cook it in and you won’t let it go to waste.
3. DON’T GO DOWN EVERY AISLE
Going down every aisle means you’re browsing. It’s easy to fall into temptation and put items in your cart that you don’t need. Out of sight, out of mind.
4. USE YOUR FREEZER
Your freezer is your best friend. I usually double a recipe and put one away for busy nights. Being able to grab a quick meal saves the day when you’re in a pinch and would otherwise be calling for delivery.
Remember that meat you bought on sale? You’re also saving there too.
5. SET A GROCERY BUDGET
I know budgets don’t sound like the most exciting thing in the world (yawwwn) and there was a time I felt the same way.
I knew I needed to set a budget if I had any hope of saving money long-term. Budgeting is now something I get excited over. Trust me, you will too when you start seeing how much money starts to accumulate in your bank account.
Set a budget (per week or per month) and stick to it. It’s important to keep track of your spending so you know how much you were under or over.
It really puts your shopping habits into perspective when it’s written clearly on paper.
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6. SHOP ONLINE
This is the most under-rated tactic to save money on groceries.
When you shop online, you can account for every dollar you spend. If you have a budget of $200 you can easily stick to it without stressing or mentally tallying up the prices in the store.
Save On Foods and Walmart both have free pick-up but SuperStore and others have a $3-5 fee depending on what time of day you choose.
7. CUT YOUR FRUIT & VEGETABLES AS SOON AS YOU GET HOME
Prep your produce immediately after unpacking your groceries. Place your cut up fruit/veggies into air-tight containers with a damp towel and store them in the fridge.
Not only will you save time when you’re cooking but you’ll also have healthy (and cheap) snacks to reach for in the fridge. Cutting them ensures a considerable decrease in food waste.
8. DON’T SHOP FOR SPECIFIC RECIPES BUT INCORPORATE WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE AT HOME
This is a great way to save money on groceries. Instead of buying every ingredient for a recipe you found, go look in your pantry and see what you have.
If you already have coconut milk, incorporate a curry into your meals for the week. If you have canned tomatoes, do a marinara sauce.
Utilize what you already have!
9. DON’T SHOP HUNGRY
Repeat after me, don’t shop hungry. EVER.
10. START PLANNING WEEKLY MEALS
I thought having a plan for the week wouldn’t work because I’m always changing my mind and I wouldn’t want what I’d originally planned.
Every Sunday I like to write a schedule for our meals. If beef is on sale, I’ll try to incorporate a few meals that include the same ingredients (like homemade burgers, lettuce wraps and tacos). That way nothing feels repetitive and you save money buying in bulk.
I don’t 100% stick to the plan. If I feel like tacos instead of lettuce wraps, I just switch the days around.
MAKE LIFE SIMPLE!
I created a meal planner for our family and am happy to e-mail it to you for FREE. I print this exact one every Sunday and when I’m done filling it out we stick it on the fridge. Being organized is 90% of the battle.
11. GET HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT
Seriously! If meal planning is overwhelming, join the $5 meal planner!
For $5 per month you get a weekly menu with 6-7 dinner entrees with sides (freezer friendly, slow cooker & 20-minute recipes), lunch, breakfast & a categorized shopping list. There is a gluten free option as well.
They are easy, fresh and delicious.
12. CHANGE YOUR BRANDS
A lot of the “brand name” products you use are actually made in the exact same factory as the generic or no-name brand. This is called co-packing.
THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THE LABEL/MARKETING. THIS IS THE POWER OF BRANDING!
MoneySense published an article explaining what co-packing is and a list of products that are the exact same.
13. GO MEATLESS 1 DAY PER WEEK
If you know me, I’m far from being vegetarian but incorporating 1 day/week of plant based eating can save a lot of money.
I’ve found delicious recipe alternatives that my family didn’t even realize were vegetarian or vegan! My favourites are from Oh She Glows.
14. SHOP LOW TO THE GROUND OR HIGH UP ON THE SHELVES
This is a pretty sneaky tip that most people aren’t aware of.
Grocery stores put the most expensive, well known (best marketed) products at eye level. Start paying attention and you’ll be surprised how you gravitate towards them.
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