5 Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollar
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5 Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollar

Posted on Friday, December 9th, 2011 at 2:42 am
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With grocery prices constantly on the rise, it's important to know how to stretch your dollar. Follow these tips and tricks in order to save! With food prices on the rise, it’s getting more and more difficult to feed a family on a reasonable grocery budget. Not to mention the fact that stores are getting stricter about coupon usage since Extreme Couponing hit the air. Despite these hurdles, you can stretch your grocery dollar by following some of these tips and tricks!

5 Ways to Stretch Your Money

  1. Shop the bottom shelf to save. There are usually some really great bargains hiding out on the bottom shelf. These include things such as generic and store brands, off-brands, bulk items, clearance, soon-to-be discontinued products, and other inexpensive goods!
  2. Pull items from the back. Grocery stores rotate their stock, putting the newest and freshest stock behind the older stock – trust me, I used to work at a grocery store. This goes for perishable and fresh goods as well as pantry items such as cereal, pasta, peanut butter, and other packaged goods. So, the next time you make a trip to the grocery store, be sure to reach to the back in order to get the most for your dollar!
  3. Always check your receipt. The most common thing people check their receipt for are overcharge errors. Although this is important, you should also check your receipt for good things. Look for coupons, freebies, discount surveys, rebate offers, and price adjustment opportunities too!
  4. Check unit prices of comparable products. Often there will be 3 different brands of similar pasta sauces, for example. Each brand probably offers several different sizes too. So, how do you know which product and size offers the cheapest price per unit? You check the unit price! Learn how to calculate unit prices here.
  5. Buy generic or store brands. Generic and store brands are almost always cheaper than their name brand equivalents. Check the label for ingredients to find a generic product that is similar to your favorite name brand one!


These are just 5 ways to stretch your grocery dollar, but there are many other ways. Be sure to use your coupons, stay on top of the sales, and check different places in the store for the same product because you just might find it is cheaper in one location that the other! And remember, Freecoupons.com is here to help you save, so if you ever need saving advice don’t hesitate to just ask!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.