Simple Ways to Cut Down Your Grocery Bill

If you are looking to cut down your grocery bill, here is a list of simple ways you can do it.

1. Only Buy Items on Sale
Stock up on extra items by only buying the items when they are on sale. If you can’t afford to buy a lot, then at least pick up 2-3 extra items every time.

2. Shop Seasonally
Learn when all of your favorite foods are in season, and then buy them when they are cheapest. With certain types of fruits and vegetables, I’ll buy extra, and then freeze them so I can use them later in smoothies or soups.

3. Buy Ingredients Instead of Prepared Meals
Frozen dinners and boxed mixes may be convenient, but they are more costly. Buy ingredients that you need to prepare the foods you eat.

4. Purchase Reduced-Price Items
Look through the aisles of stores to find reduced prices on groceries that are near the end of its “best when used by” date or look for discounts on ultra ripe produce.

5. Switch to Generic
Most of the time generic brands are less expensive than name brands. You’ll easily save 25% or more off your grocery bill.

6. Plan Your Menu Around Sales
Look at the weekly sales fliers to see what’s on sale, and then add meals to your menu using those ingredients.

7. Be Willing to Substitute
If you have a recipe that needs a certain ingredient you don’t have, then see if you can substitute it for an ingredient you do have. For instance, I regularly substitute 1 cup of buttermilk by combining 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 cup of milk.

8. Stack Discounts
Look for every opportunity to combine a coupon with a sale and a rebate so you can pick up items very inexpensively.

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  1. We live by number 6! Eating healthy becomes hard on the wallet if you don’t shop the bogo deals.

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