Today I wanted to share some tips and tricks that helped me save so much money, along with some easy recipes that I used and some resources. I hope you find this helpful, and be sure to share your tips in the comments!
TIP : Check weekly specials
Every week, I get emails and snail mail with all of the specials at local grocery stores. For some reason, I always ignored these in the past. Huge mistake! Now, I use these ads as a basis for my meal planning.
As soon as they come in, I'll go through and see what the local deals are for the week. Then, I'll figure out what I can make using what I have on hand and what's on sale. Not only does this help me try out new products, but it also saves me a ton of money!
WEBSITE : Supercook
TIP : Use coupons
Along with looking for weekly specials, I also look for coupons and rebates on the products that I'm buying. Sometimes I'll get lucky and double up on sale + coupon + rebate. Although going through coupons can be time consuming, I think it's worth it. I usually set aside time on Saturday morning while I'm drinking my coffee to meal plan and clip coupons. Put on an episode of The Bachelorette and it's almost enjoyable!
APP : Ibotta
code to sign up, you can get $10!
TIP : Stick to your list
Once I create my list and get my coupons, it's time to head to the store! During this month, I made one small change to my behavior- I stuck to my list! I usually will get tempted by new products or the frozen dessert aisle, and pick up a ton of extra stuff that ends up going unused. When I actually stick to what I planned, I don't waste food, and save money by only getting what I need!
APP : Buy Me A Pie
I absolutely love this app! I write down all of the ingredients that I need to pick up, and the app categorizes them so that they're grouped together and easy to find in the store. You can also make multiple lists if you shop at more than one store (see my tip about that below!) I used to bring a pad of paper to the store (and would always forget a pen to cross items off) but now I'll never go back!
TIP : Go meat-free for a week (or a meal!)
If you're looking to cut down your grocery bill as well, I would recommend trying to eat meat-free for a week, or even just a meal. You will not only try out some new and tasty recipes, but will also save a ton of money!
WEBSITE : Budget Bytes
I absolutely love checking out the Budget Bytes blog for cheap and delicious recipes! Even though they aren't specifically vegetarian meals, there are so many different types of food and all are on a budget. One of my favorite recipes is the oatmeal cookie baked oatmeal. It's cheap and easy to make, and tastes so good!
TIP : Shop Around
When I check weekly specials, I compare prices at three nearby stores. I also make three different lists so that I know exactly what product to get at each store. It might be excessive to do this each week, but try checking out different stores to see which has the lowest prices for products you regularly buy!
What are some of your tips for saving money grocery shopping?
Favorite grocery store?
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