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How much do you spend on food every month? It’s safe to assume that most of us are spending more than we would like on food, even though it is essential. Food prices continue to increase and as our families grow and our children get older, we find our grocery budgets growing as well.
What’s the answer? In my experience, sitting down and crafting a grocery budget and nitpicking over every penny spent can feel like such drudgery. If we’re going to do this whole saving money thing well, we have to make it into more of an exciting project and less like a chore.
Whenever you find a new way to save money on groceries, give yourself a pat on the back! Feel proud of your shopping smarts and share your new money saving discoveries with your friends! That is what I am about to do now; I’m sharing some of my not-so-secret secrets for saving cash. I hope these 7 ways to save on groceries that you may be missing will be helpful to you and inspire you to look for creative ways to cut your grocery bill.
7 Ways to Save on Groceries That You May be Missing
1. Start Saving With Hopster Mobile Rebates!
This is a fun new app I just learned about and started using last week. With Hopster Mobile Rebates you can save your favorite groceries, beauty essentials, appliances, pet supplies and new products you’ll want to try.
It’s so simple:
1. Choose your rebates from a large selection of brands.
2. Shop at your favorite store (any store will do!).
3. Take a picture of your receipt showing the items you purchased.
4. Rebates will be redeemed and the cash credited to your PayPal account as soon as the redemption is validated. NO NEED TO WAIT TO REACH A CERTAIN NUMBER OR VALUE OF REDEEMED OFFERS!
I love my phone and use it everyday, so any way to use my phone to save on groceries and household items is a win! Try out Hopster Mobile Rebates by clicking here and downloading the app to your phone. It’s like free money, people!
2. Talk to Grocery Store Employees
Every day around 10:00 am my local grocery store fills a big shelf with day old breads, bagels, cookies, cakes, and other bakery items, all marked way down for quick sale. I know this because I asked a bakery worker when they put those items out so I could have first pick, and they told me when to come.
I also learned that my local grocery marks closeout items down at the end of every quarter. This is when I know I can walk the isles and find amazingly low prices on items that are being discontinued or are going out of stock in my store. I’ve benefited from so many crazy good bargains because of this tip that I learned when talking to a store manager about sale patterns.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Talk to the workers at the deli, bakery, butcher counter, etc. and ask them when there might usually be extra good bargains to be had. I find the store employees to be really friendly and willing to give you the insider tips that can help you save big!
3. Save to Stock Up
Pay attention to patterns. One pattern I’ve clearly noticed is that groceries in my area are so cheap in the month of November. The stores seem to compete for all the pre-Thanksgiving shopping dollars and so they lower prices and run awesome sales.
When you catch on to these patterns, start setting aside a little of your grocery budget every week to then cash in when the big sales come around. Stocking your pantry with on-sale items that you know you will use is a great way to save money.
Don’t let the big sales pass you by because you didn’t plan and save at other times of the year!
4. Do Inventory Before Shopping
Friends, can I even begin to tell you how many stinkin’ times I’ve purchased items at the store that I ALREADY OWNED?! Ugh. It’s such a situation.
Go through your pantry, cupboards, fridge, and freezer and take stock of what’s on hand before you head to the store. This practice will save you money and irritation!
5. Read the Price Tags Better
When your kids are shopping with you, teach them this trick: read the unit price, not just the price of the item. This is so basic, but I’m always surprised by how many people don’t know this AND how many times I forget to do this.
Price compare items to find which is cheapest by comparing the unit price. It’s the best way! And it’s a fun game for the older kids who can do basic math. Involve kids in the grocery saving game! They can also check the Hospter app for you for rebates.
6. Use the Small Cart
When you’re not doing a big shopping trip, use a smaller cart. This is the same principle as eating off a smaller dinner plate to reduce portion sizes. The less you can carry in your cart, the less you will buy. Don’t leave room for impulse purchases or splurges.
7. Buy Meat in Bulk
Again, we’re going back to having conversations with the grocery store staff. Check in at the meat counter and ask if they offer any good deals on larger quantities. I learned this trick when I stumbled upon an awesome deal on a 5 pound pork loin. At the time, it was just me and my husband, so 5 pounds of pork was quite a bit. So I took the cheap pork loin home and cut it into five pieces. Four of the pieces went into the freezer and one right into my slow cooker. It was surprisingly cheaper to buy the big piece of meat rather than smaller portions.
So friends, tell us in the comments how you save money on groceries. Also, don’t forget to download the Hopster Mobile Rebates app!
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