How To Grocery Shop: On A Budget

May 10, 2017

Ah, grocery shopping. It’s one of the most despised tasks in most families, because it means screaming kids and spending money that you just don’t have. While I can’t help out with the former (sorry, mama), I can offer some suggestions for the latter. Over the past few years, through some trial and error, I have learned how to grocery shop effectively and spend my money in the wisest way possible. To try to save you some financial heartache, I now want to offer you my top solutions for how to grocery shop: on a budget!

How To Grocery Shop: On A Budget

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Make A List

If I could give you only one tip, it would be this one. MAKE A LIST. Figure out what you need, write it down, and stick to it. This way, you know how much money you’re spending and you can budget accordingly. If you go without a list, you’ll be tempted to buy things you don’t need, and that’s when overspending happens.

Plan Your Meals

I know, you hear it so much that it’s like beating a dead horse. It may not be for everyone, but this is a lifesaver for me! Before I go to the grocery store once every couple of weeks, I sit down with the ad from the store (so I can look at sales) and I plan our meals. Then, I check my pantry, and I make a list of all the ingredients we don’t have. This helps me to stay on budget, AND it alleviates the 4:30 stress of, “Oh my gosh, what are we going to eat?”

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ONLY Buy What’s On Sale

This is especially true when it comes to meat! The only staple meats that I will buy at full price are sausage and ham, because they are inexpensive and are great fillers. Otherwise, I shop sales. If I really want tacos and hamburger meat isn’t on sale, we don’t have tacos and I just have to deal with it. Aside from meat, I still do my best to shop sales, and if what I need isn’t on sale, I’ll look online for a coupon. Even $0.50 off is better than full price! By only buying what’s on sale, especially with meat, we are able to keep a much more reasonable budget.

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Utilize Rewards Programs

Our grocery store has an awesome rewards program. We earn points for each dollar we spend, and then we can use those points to earn free products (cheese, milk, bread, etc.) or to get a fuel discount. They also have special promotions during the year like Monopoly or chances to earn free cookware. I love participating in these because I’m already spending the money on groceries, so I might as well get something free out of it! (Bonus tip: if you have family members that shop at the same store and don’t use the rewards program, ask if they will enter your rewards number so you can get their points, too!)

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Shop On A Schedule

Whether it’s once a week, twice a month, or even once a month, pick a schedule that works for you and commit to it. Don’t make little trips in between to get just one or two ingredients. Sure, it’s just a $1.25 jar of pasta sauce, but that adds up quickly. It goes back to making a list and meal planning. If you know what you’re going to be eating, you can buy those ingredients and not have to worry about running out. We do our best to grocery shop twice a month, and anything we need in between those trips, we go without. There are very few times that we have to make an in-between trip because we truly need something (key word: need, not want).

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Now it’s your turn. How else do you grocery shop: on a budget? Which of these can you improve on?

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  • Sonya

    May 10, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Great tips Abby! I especially love the one about setting a consistent time. This is something we need to do!!

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