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8 Tips for saving money at the grocery store

August 23, 2016

I know it may sound odd but there are ways that you can save money at the grocery store. Their prices are set in stone. Not that you can haggle with them like you would at a yard sale but you can definitely save a bit here and there just by taking the time to do so. For a lot of people, they think the savings aren’t worth the hassle. I’m not going to lie, I’m that way with coupons. My friend’s sister is an extreme couponer and can get like $800 worth of groceries for $30. However, it takes planning and a lot of coupons and that is too much work and brain power for me. Below are some tips for saving at the grocery store!

Coupons – I have to mention them because they DO save you a lot of money if you’re willing to take the time to print/cut them out. Some of the major brands always have coupons out. For example, Tide, Crest, Schick, etc. Sometimes these easily pull up on your phone so you don’t even have to print or cut them out which makes it nice if you think about it last minute in line.
Apps – Believe it or not, you can save money on your groceries through apps. Target and Wal-Mart, just to name two, have apps that not only bring you savings just by having them but by scanning your receipt as well.
Plan Meals Around Sales – Ok, this one may be too much work for me but only because I’m lazy about things. They have some amazing sales come out in the paper for most grocery stores every week. If you peek at these sales, you can plan your meals for the week around them so that your meals only include sale items.
Get Things in Bulk – If you eat a lot or use a lot of certain items, buy them in bulk because odds are, you can get them much cheaper. For example, I buy the 5 dozen egg boxes at Wal-Mart. We use a lot of eggs around my house and buying one dozen at $2 isn’t feasible because we would just be buying more in a day or two. The 5 dozen eggs box is $4 and some change which is a dramatic drop in price.
Cut Your Own Food – Did you know items are marked way up just because they have been sliced or individually wrapped? If you do your own cutting (and packaging if need be) you would save quite a bit. You can buy an entire bag of apples for the price that it costs to buy the equivalent of two apples sliced for you.
Take Your Time Checking Prices – Believe it or not, brands will pay for their product to be placed in an optimal spot in the store and on the shelves. Sometimes the best prices are going to be in the worst spots, like the higher up shelves that can’t be reached or the shelves on the floor. It’s worth the work though.
Raincheck – If you go to buy a sale item at the store and they have run out, you can get a raincheck for that item which means you can go back and buy it at the sale price when it’s back in stock whether the sale is still going on or not.
Eat Before You Go – I know this sounds ridiculous but it definitely works for me. I will end up with a full cart of mostly junk if I go to the store starving. Don’t do it!

There are quite a few other ways to save money at the grocery store and oddly enough, many of them have to do with our own personal habits. Check yourself at the door and make sure you’re not causing your own self an arm and a leg when you go shopping.

8 Tips for saving money at the grocery store

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    August 24, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    These are great tips! Shopping at the grocery store is that sneaky area where you end up spending way too much if you’re not careful.

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    Brandy
    August 24, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    These are all really great tips! I always check the sales before I go so that I can plan our meals out in advance.

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    Pam
    August 24, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    I need to get back into couponing. I used to do it but it definitely takes a good bit of time and planning.

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    Melissa
    August 24, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    These are such great tips! I never thought of planning my shopping trips around sales but it makes sense! And of course buying In Bulk!

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    Liz Mays
    August 24, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    I like these ideas. I think if we started planning our purchases using coupons and buying in bulk we’d save a lot. We do too much last minute shopping.

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    Jeanine
    August 24, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    With such a big family like ours there is no way we can save any more money than we already do, which isn’t much! Will be trying though…. we spend so much monthly and weekly its a bit insane!

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    Marcie W.
    August 24, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    We are a family of five food lovers, so I am always looking for ways to save on groceries. I need to remember to use specific store apps while shopping.

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    Brianne
    August 25, 2016 at 1:05 am

    I could so use these tips right about now after my recent grocery shop. I totally agree with cutting your own fruit and planning out your meals!

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    Monica
    August 25, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Great tips Kita! I’m constantly trying to resit the urge to purchase things pre-cut – we save so much otherwise.

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    Kelly Hutchinson
    August 25, 2016 at 3:13 am

    Awesome! I am always looking for ways to save money. I love these tips! Thanks!

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    Jocelyn Cañasa Brown
    August 25, 2016 at 3:16 am

    I always spend way too much money at the grocery store. So thanks for these tips! I will be saving money in no time.

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    Annemarie LeBlanc
    August 25, 2016 at 5:20 am

    These are great tips! Coupons are a great money saver, however, I don’t have much time to print, cut, and organize them. I also mostly buy in bulk. It saves a lot of money!

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    Nikki Wayne
    August 25, 2016 at 8:55 am

    We should really eat before we go. We spent more than usual everytime!

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore.com
    August 25, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I’m loving all your posts, Kita! Your tips are so useful! And eating before you go is my favorite in this list. But of course, I’ll absolutely try all these!

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    mary
    August 25, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    These are great tips. I use most of them myself. #1 coupons #2 apps! combining them saves a ton.

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    Amanda Love
    August 25, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I am loving these tips! There are plenty of ways to save on groceries, especially these days when we’re all about apps that give discounts, coupons, and sales. Being able to shop and save is something that i enjoy!

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    Ann Bacciaglia
    August 25, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    I love to save money any way I can. Mixing coupons with price matching can get you double the savings.

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    aziel morte
    August 25, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    These are great tips, I love saving money using coupons, Glad you share this

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    Christie
    August 25, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    These are great tips for weekly grocery savings. I definitely work hard to plan meals around the sales

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    Rosey
    August 25, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    I’ve used apps to save money before. I like it. I haven’t bought in bulk for along time though. I used to do that too, lol. And def. eat before you go!! 🙂

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    Nicole Escat
    August 26, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    These are wonderful tips. Sometimes, going to the grocery is a pain in my wallet!

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    Arlett ( Chasing Joy)
    August 29, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    These are great tips. I am guilty for paying the price of convienence for pre cut chicken and veggies.

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    Kristin
    August 30, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    I also like to visit different stores each shopping trip. They always have new deals going on that differ.

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