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7 Simple Steps To Saving Money On Groceries

Aug 15, 2008
Regardless of how many people you have to buy groceries for each month, the grocery bill is always a consistently huge household expense. If you plan well before going to the store and apply the following seven suggestions, you will be able to successfully spend less on groceries on a regular basis.

* First and foremost, make a grocery budget and stick to it. Consider the amount of money that you have been spending over the last few months at the grocery store and then calculate an average that you can use for your budget. As you get better at finding bargains, you will eventually be able to lower this amount and save even more.

* Sit down with your family and plan out a two week menu. Planning two weeks worth of meals will allow you to reuse the menu over and over without causing your family to burn out on the items. This is a time saving tip as well.

* Use the menu (and the recipes for the different items) to develop your grocery list. Be sure to check your pantry, fridge and freezer first so you don't buy too much of an item. It can be helpful to put the grocery list in the order that you will find the items in the store (bakery, deli, dairy, freezer, and meat). Jot down your estimate for the cost and total it up. If you don't come in under budget, you may have to do some adjusting or cutting.

* Get and use coupons on the Internet, in the newspaper, and from friends. Then figure out how you are going to use them in conjunction with the items you already know you are going to be purchasing that appear on your grocery list. Make sure to make a mark on your list next to items that have corresponding coupons so that you don't forget to use them when you're in the check out line.

* Start a coupon club. Everyone brings the coupons they don't need or want, and then whoever needs the coupons is free to use them. If there aren't enough people in your area who are interested, then you can look on the internet for online groups.

* Keep an eye on flyers and advertisements announcing special discounts or sales at stores that you frequent. Even in small communities there should be opportunities to maximize savings in this way.

* Buy in bulk when possible (and when cheaper). Compare the prices on the individual items and the bulk products. When it costs less, purchase your non-perishables in bulk (paper products, cleaning supplies, and pet or baby needs). Meat and chicken can also be bought in bulk for good discounts, but be sure you package them individually before you put them in the freezer.

These seven tips will help you reduce the money you spend on groceries, letting you put it to good use in some other way.
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