I wrote about how to save money at the grocery store early on in my blogging career. My tips were pretty good but since that time I’ve learned a great deal more about saving money in the grocery store. I thought it would be worthwhile to revisit the subject so here goes…
A little knowledge and prep work go a LONG way when it comes to saving money at the grocery store. If you don’t have a discount grocer (such as Aldi or Lidl) in your area you can still save on your food bill with a little work and discipline. Here are some more of my favorite grocery store money saving hacks…
Be sure to understand how to read the shelf labels. Most list price per ounce or price per piece. It’s important to know that you are comparing like items when comparing prices. Packages may be the same physical size but contain different amounts of whatever item you’re looking for.
I have an example of how I learned this lesson the hard way recently. Take a look at this photo-these 2 boxes of spaghetti are physically the exact same size. If you look closely, though, one of them contains 4 ounces less than the other. I thought I was getting a great deal on the top box but it turns out I was wrong. At first I felt as if I’d been cheated, but it’s my own fault for not paying attention. You can be sure I won’t make this mistake again!
Store Brands Can Be Money Savers, But…
Store brands are not always less expensive than name brands. I recently found name brand dried cranberries on sale for 2/$4. The store brand dried cranberries (same size package) were $2.49 each. The store where I shop will honor the 2-for price even if you only buy 1. In this case the name brand was clearly the better deal. Take the time and study those shelf tags!
Some stores require that you purchase 2 in order to get the sale price. If you’re unsure of your local store’s policy, be sure to stop by the customer service desk and ask.
End caps (shelves located at both ends of each aisle) usually have great deals but it’s only a great deal if it’s something you need and will use. Be sure you really need the item and, if you have the storage room, stock up!
Buy One, Get One
BOGO, or buy one, get one, is a grocery shopper’s best friend! BOGO offers are typically buy one, get one free, or buy one get one half price. As with the 2-for, my store will allow you to buy one item of a BOGO offer for half price. Make sure you know your store’s policy.
In my previous post I said I wasn’t a big fan of newspaper coupons and not much has changed my mind since then. Most newspaper coupons are very specific about both the items and the quantities you have to purchase in order to save. If you need what’s being offered, that’s great! More often than not, however, the coupon offer is so narrow that it’s difficult to save any money.
I miss the days of double coupons. Most stores no longer offer double coupons because of the extreme coupon “craze” from a few years back. Some very smart people figured out how to use coupons to save unbelievable amounts of money on their groceries. In response, stores changed their policies. They’re in business to make money and I totally get that, but sometimes I still miss getting stuff for close to free!
If your store still allows coupon stacking, go for it! My store will still allow me to use a manufacturer’s coupon along with a store coupon for the same item. Stackable coupons are not as widely available as they once were, but if you can find them the savings are awesome.
Menu and Grocery List Template
My saving grace (especially where Sonny is concerned) is my weekly menu. I use a spreadsheet as a template and update it before my grocery run. If you’re on my newsletter mailing list you should have seen a link to the Menu & Grocery List template in the email you received with this post. Not on my mailing list? Click this link and sign up!
What are some of your grocery store money saving hacks? Please share in the comments!
Be well and God Bless – until we meet again…