Simple Ways to Save Money on Groceries
Posted on Monday, June 5th, 2017 at 7:00 am
There are many ways to save money on groceries. You can use coupons to bring the price down, or get the store’s loyalty card to gain access to special deals. Smart shoppers can check the current sales at one grocery store and compare it with the prices at a competitor. There are also some less obvious, simple ways to save money on groceries.
Bring your own bags
Many grocery stores have switched over from asking if you want “paper or plastic” bags for free to asking customers if they have brought their own bags. Those who forget to bring their own bags get stuck paying money for however many bags they need.
Typically, those bags cost less than 25 cents each, which doesn’t sound like much. However, that small extra charge can add up. Bring your own bags – and you won’t ever have to pay for additional bags.
Skip the pre-cut foods
Produce aisles in grocery stores now contain pre-cut fruits or vegetables. These can be very convenient for parents who want to give their kids bite sized pieces of fruit, or for busy people who want to cook dinner without having to cut everything themselves.
The downside of pre-cut foods is that you end up paying for convenience. If you, or someone else in your home is physically able to cut produce, you don’t really need to pay extra for the pre-cut packages.
Don’t buy bottled water if you don’t have to
If the water that comes out of your faucet is unsafe to use or drink, then you have little choice other than to buy bottled water. If your water is safe to drink, then you don’t need to buy it in bottles. You can save money by purchasing a good water bottle and filling it with tap water (or filtered tap water). Bring the water bottle with you instead of buying bottled water at your destination.
K-Cups are expensive
The next time you run out of K-Cups, take a moment to look in the coffee aisle for a plastic and mesh reusable K-Cup. You can put whatever kind of coffee you prefer in it, rinse it out later, and reuse it. This small change enables you to save money on coffee, which you can now buy in bulk, and put into the reusable K-Cup.
Consider generic or store brand
Compare the ingredients in a name brand product to the same product that happens to be the store’s brand (or, the generic). Most of the time, you will find that the two products have the exact same ingredients. The brand name costs more, but the generic is the exact same thing.