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Ideas To Save Money While At The Grocery Store

In today’s world, one of the most dreaded routine tasks a person has is doing the grocery shopping. The reason behind this feeling of dread is due to the fact that you are battling your budget every time you hit the grocery store to do your shopping. But unfortunately everyone has needs and one of those needs is to eat. The good news is that there are many different ways that you can save money while grocery shopping. This can be done even if you have a large family to feed. Read on to learn more on how to be frugal while at the grocery store.

Buy Generic Items


One of the most common things that people spend their hard earned money on is name brand items. People do not realize when they are doing their weekly shopping is that the generic name on most items are typically the exact same product as those that are wrapped in a name brand. In fact if you look at the ingredients label on both the generic item and the name branded item you will find that the ingredients are exactly the same. By buying generic items you will find that sometimes the price is cut in half. This will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Use Coupons

A very good way to start saving little amounts of money at a time is through the use of coupons. This does not mean that you need to be an extreme couponer like those people you see on television but a coupon here and there will not hurt. Using coupons will also help you to get the name brand items that you want for the same cost as the generic.

Buy For Ten Or Twelve Meals Ahead Of Time


A good thing to implement into your monthly food budget is to buy groceries ahead of time for ten to twelve meals. This will help you to save money by not having to run to the grocery store on a daily basis to buy food to cook for meals. It will also help you to avoid picking up extra items every time you do head to the grocery store. Every morning you should make it a habit to get food out of the freezer to cook for dinner that evening. This is something that is very simple but could work to save you money in the long run.

Avoid The Grocery Store When You Are Hungry

The number one mistake people make when doing the grocery shopping is shopping when you are hungry. By shopping when you are hungry you will find that you want to purchase everything in sight. This can ultimately cost you much more money than shopping after you have already had a meal and you are no longer hungry.

As you can see there are many different ways that you can save money while at the grocery store. Being frugal of course is easier said than done you will need to have a strong will not to purchase unwanted and unnecessary items and you will need to have the ability to clip coupons to help you save but if you do this then you will find money left in your wallet when the shopping is complete.


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About Jess

Jess hails from Sunny Australia and is the youngest of the frugal ladies. She loves shopping for a bargain, reading, watching movies and spends most of her life on the beach

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  • redheadbabymama

    I buy generic ALL the time. I save more money than if I bought on-brand and used a coupon. Also, BOGO sales!

  • Debbie Lamb

    I like to buy things when they are on sale and use coupons. It is amazing how much money I can save.

  • Myrah

    I always buy house brands whenever possible, and I make sure I bring my coupons with me at all times. Great tips!

  • Stacie

    Great tips! Absolutely stay AWAY from the store when you’re hungry. I’ve gone in hungry to get milk and bread and come out with a buggy full!

  • Obviously MARvelous

    Meal planning and sticking to the list i make always helps save money! I also refuse to shop without my coupons too.

  • It’s so simple to save money at the grocery store if you’re mindful. One thing I love to do is make a meal plan and grocery list before heading to the store!

  • Jenny Temcio

    I always love using the coupons that are in store! They are convenient and help me save!

  • Stacey- Travel Blogger

    I always buy generic brands. Why pay more money for the same product?

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus

    I always avoid shopping when I’m hungry–to tempting to grab every high-fat, high-carb, overly processed, sugary goodie in site.

  • ~MNMSpecial~

    I always try to plan out two weeks in advance to avoid running for fast food. I like grocery shopping.

  • Chrystal M.

    I do all of these things and they really do help out a lot. I don’t get a lot of coupons in my area so I use a lot of apps to try and help save where I can.

  • Christie

    Hungry grocery shopping is definitely my weakness! Impulse buys kill the budget

  • Jeanine

    Yes this all does help! I find making my meal plan and sticking to it helps lots. I usually send my hubby to pick stuff up after work so I don’t have to. I tend to always over buy!

  • Pam

    Buying ahead for meals definitely does help. Meal planning has really helped me save at the store.

  • Meal planning has saved us money. And I know I have to eat before shopping or our bill will be ridiculous since everything will look good when I’m starving.

  • Aimee Smith

    Meal planning saves me a ton! Avoiding going to the store hungry is my biggest problem, I always come home with stuff we don’t need!

  • Crystal

    Those are great ideas. I try to stick to my list, which is hard when I’m hungry!

  • Debbie Denny

    Good ideas. I do plan and shop for several meals at a time

  • I have gone to the grocery store hungry. And yes food came home that shouldn’t have come home.

  • I notice I buy less when I shop right after lunch or dinner. It’s amazing what I add to my cart if I’m hungry!

  • Danielle @ We have it all

    Good ideas. I need to learn to stick to the list.