How to Save Money on Groceries without Coupons
Posted on Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 8:12 am
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!