One of our biggest expenses every month is our grocery budget. We try to cut it down each month but it seems to keep creeping up. Reducing your grocery spending is easier than you might think. Keep reading if you want to learn how to start saving this month.
Reducing your monthly grocery budget can be hard for many reasons, for example, a growing family, hosting a holiday meal, or stocking up your stockpile. However, it is possible!
One of the easiest ways to save money on your grocery budget is by meal planning. The only problem is coming up with different meals week after week is time-consuming and difficult. Luckily $5 meal plan takes all the stress out of meal planning by sending you recipes and shopping lists straight to your email.
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1. Make a Grocery List
If you are headed to the grocery store, make sure you make out a list. And stick to it! You created the list in the first place for things that you NEED. There is always going to be items that you want, but you throw in a few of those items and you are raising your bill for no reason.
Follow your list unless it is a deal that you can’t pass up or if you have a coupon expiring for something you need.
2. Don’t Go Hangry!
This tip is one that helps tremendously with reducing grocery spending cost. I try to go grocery shopping after a big meal. Not only do I stick to my list better because I am so full, I get the extra benefit of working off my meal. #Savvy
3. Grocery Shop Weekly
This tip varies depending on your household and circumstances. For me, it is easier to meal plan for one week rather than two. After I pick out my meals, I make my shopping list. Using weekly ads is also a benefit to making your plan and knowing what is on sale.
4. Bulk Shop When Its Smart
Many people have a wholesale membership. These memberships have their pros and cons. If you shop at wholesale stores frequently than your membership is worth it. If you pay for a membership and go once a year, it’s most likely a waste of money.
I get coupons all the time for a 90-day pass for a local wholesale store. Using this pass is better for us with how much we would end up going if we had a membership. Be smart with what you buy in bulk. If you go through paper towel or toilet paper quickly in your house, buying it in bulk will save you money in the long run.
5. Don’t Bring Others…..Especially Hungry Husbands
This is a HUGE money saver in our household! I do not bring Kelan grocery shopping with me anymore. He instantly will bring our bill up $25-$50 when he goes shopping with me. We do not have kids yet, but I can imagine parents who bring their kid’s grocery shopping with them would also increase their grocery spending.
When I went shopping with mom I just put items in the cart. Heck, I was not paying for them! My poor mom must have spent a fortune by bringing us kids with her.
6. Use a Cashback App
One way to cut grocery spending is to pay yourself back with a cashback app like Ibotta. We have only been using it for a couple months and have earned over $100 cash back!
How it works:
- Ibotta pays you for the items you are already purchasing.
- Search the app for items you plan on purchasing at the store.
- Add them to your rebates.
- Take your receipt from your latest purchase and scan it into your app.
- Ibotta will check that the two match and place the cash back in your account.
You can sign up today and earn your first $10 cash back.
BONUS: Ten Ways to Save at the Grocery Store Infographic
Found on Illinois Extension
How simple are these 6 ways to cut your grocery spending? How many are you already doing? They are simple enough to start implementing right away.
In one month, you could see a significant decrease in your grocery budget. Freeing up money to put towards your debt, start an emergency fund, or even go on vacation. Start saving today!