Simple Ways to Save Money on Groceries
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Simple Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Posted on Monday, June 5th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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grocery-bagThere 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.

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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.