Did you know that the average American household spent more than $6,000 on food? That is a really big chunk of money. So many of the residents in our apartments in Blacksburg, VA want to cut down on their grocery bill. Even if you save just 10% with the tips below, that is a $600 savings.
Here are a few ideas from Money Talks News.
Stop paying for name brands
People buy name-brand drugs like aspirin and ibuprophen, but in the same isle is an identical generic version for half the price. Note that these aren’t just similar items, take a look at the label and you will see that they are identical.
Buy in Bulk
If you’ll use all of it, buy it in bulk. Don’t buy a 1 pound bag of rice, buy 5 or 10 lbs if you’ll use it.
Clip coupons from the newspaper, or hit the Web before going to the store. Always use an online coupon search engine to find deals before you shop or go to the manufacturers’ websites. But the simplest thing to do is to plug the names of the items on your list into the search engine along with the word “coupon” and see what comes up.
Some retailers – like Walmart – will price match any store’s weekly ad. Collect the weekly ads for every grocery store and ask Walmart to price match anything you buy.
Stop buying bottled water
ABC’s 20/20 had scientists analyze five different brands of bottled water. They found that there is no difference between the bottled stuff and the tap water in New York. Buying bottled water is a waste of money. If you think you can taste a difference, buy a filter and fill up your own bottles.
Buy whole fruits and vegetables
You can buy a whole pineapple on sale for much less than a smaller container of cut pineapple. Don’t pay people to do your chopping or grating; buy things whole and cut them up yourself.
Buy in season
Fruits and vegetables are cheaper when they’re in season.
Plan your menu around ads
Plan your weekly menu around the grocery ads. It takes a little creative thinking, but you can save up to 50% on your grocery bill this way.
Sodas are expensive, empty calories, but sometimes you want something sweet. Instead buy Kool Aid, tea, or drink powders. They’re all cheaper than Coke.
Shop the bottom shelf
Grocery stores put the most expensive products on the upper shelves and endcaps – right at eye level.
Look for manager’s specials
Grocery stores offer deep discounts on food near its expiration date. As long as you eat or freeze the foods, it’s perfectly safe to buy food close to expiration.
Pay attention at checkout
Specials change weekly, and prices don’t always ring up correctly. When you’re checking out, watch the register and double check your receipt. If you notice an error, ask the cashier to correct it.
Send off rebates
Send away for every rebate you’re offered – even if it’s only for $2.00.
Use a list
Cut your food bill by 10% by using a list. Lists help you avoid impulse buys and help you avoid buying things you don’t need:
Get a rain check
If your grocery store runs out of a sale item, ask for a rain check. Then you can come back and buy the item later at the sale price.
Do you have any ideas on how to cut your grocery bill? Share them with us.