How to Save Money on Groceries without Coupons
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How to Save Money on Groceries without Coupons

Posted on Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 8:12 am
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Sometimes time flies by and I just don’t have time to search for coupons. If this happens to you too, don’t worry, there’s always a back up plan when you run out of time for couponing or can’t find coupons for the groceries you want to buy. So, here’s some ways you can save money on groceries without coupons.

Buy Generic or Store Brands

As you probably already know, buying generic and store brand products is one of the simplest ways you can save money without coupons. Most of these products use the same, or close to the same, ingredients as name brands but they almost always cost less. Because they are manufactured by private labels and generally don’t have advertising expenses, they are able to be offered to the consumer at a lower price. They also often come with a satisfaction guarantee, so if you don’t like the product you can return it. Generic and store brand products are definitely worth a try! Check out Aldi and Trader Joe’s for lots of private label deals!

Understand Grocery Sale Cycles

Take a little time getting to know when certain products go on sale and when different produce is in season. You can find a list of grocery sales cycles here, or you can always search your favorite grocery store’s weekly advertisements to find out what’s on sale. If you shop according to grocery sales and in-season produce, you can save more money with or without coupons.

Check Unit Prices

Unit prices are a good way to make sure you are getting the most product for your money. Learn how to calculate unit price here.

Shop the Bottom Shelf

You can find a lot of bargains on the bottom shelf. Find out what deals you can find on the bottom shelves here.

Cook from Scratch

Cooking from scratch is a great way to save money on groceries without coupons because it is far less expensive to buy ingredients than it is to buy prepared meals. If finding time to cook from scratch is difficult, then freezer cooking might be just the thing for you!

Drink Tap Water

Invest in a water filter and drink tap water instead of buying water bottles, sodas, and juices. Tap water is essentially free and drinking water is a great way to cut back on calories while keeping healthy and hydrated. Drinking plenty of water can also help curb your appetite and food cravings so you don’t overeat (or overspend on food). Doctors generally recommend the average person drink 8 eight ounce servings of water per day.


Saving on your grocery bill is easy when you put some, or all, of these shopping habits to use. Do you have any other tips for saving money on groceries without using coupons? Share your ideas in the comment section – we’d love to hear from you. Happy saving!






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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.