Saving money on groceries is a topic that’s near and dear to my heart. You might even call it my hobby! The coupon game has changed over the years, but there are still so many ways to save.
1. Shopping the sales cycles.
When I shop this way, I can save money without using a single coupon. I’ve blogged in detail about the sales cycles, but basically here’s how it works. Most grocery stores operate on a 4-6 week sale cycle. At some point in that period, most items in the store will be discounted 40 – 50%. That’s when I want to buy that item. This is the best and easiest way to save (40-50%) on your grocery bill!
2. Making monthly trips to Aldi.
Like it or not, Aldi’s prices can’t be beat. I’ve found that making a monthly “haul” at Aldi saves me time and money. Here are the things I stock up on during those trips:
- Granola bars/cereal bars
- Baking staples: flour, sugar, chocolate chips, baking powder, etc.
- Canned vegetables ($.50 each)
- Fresh produce (depending on what is available)
- Lunch meat
- Block cheese
- Frozen veggies
- Frozen ground turkey (at $1.60/lb., I can’t resist. It works well in things like chili and spaghetti)
If you’re new to shopping at Aldi, here are a few things you need to know before you go!
3. Using coupons as often as possible.
The coupon fad seems to have passed for many women. That’s not true for me! I still carry my coupon binder to the grocery store every week, and end up saving anywhere from $5-$10 with coupons each time I shop. I don’t buy a paper every week – I use the Sunday coupon insert preview to determine if the coupons in that Sunday’s paper will be worth purchasing. If there are 5 or more coupons I know I’ll use, I grab a paper on the way home from church. My smartphone saves me money on groceries as well as many items I buy at Target (cat food, cat litter, cleaning products, makeup, personal care items, etc.). Click here to see my favorite money saving apps.
Saving money on groceries is all about making it work for you. Just remember that there are ways to save – don’t leave that money on the table!