I know that the price of food has been increasing for quite some time but it seems (to me, at least) that the prices have skyrocketed lately. My favorite cheddar cheese now costs almost eight bucks a pound and that just seems ridiculous to me! I have never been one to scrimp on food, though, and if I want steak or lobster or expensive cheese I’ve always just bought it and figured I’m worth it. If I’m going to be able to continue that sort of shopping I think I’ll need to make some adjustments wherever possible and that brings me to this week’s topic 10 Ways to Save At the Grocery Store.
The irony of showing a box of truffles that cost $9 in a post about saving money on food is not lost on me, but that’s just the way we roll here at Carole Knits.
- Use coupons. I used to be very good about this but I haven’t done it in ages. Perhaps it’s time to start again.
- Consult the weekly sale flyer. I almost always choose my meats and vegetables based on what’s on sale.
- Buy store brands when possible. I won’t buy store sugar or flour but I do buy store brand vegetables and juices and milk. I’m pretty sure no one can tell the difference.
- Shop from a list and don’t buy things that aren’t on the list. Impulse buying is hard to resist and those purchases definitely add up.
- Add inexpensive ingredients like beans and rice to your meals to stretch your food dollars.
- Bake your own cookies and bread. A package of cookies is $4 but you can make 5 dozen cookies for a lot less than that. They taste better, too.
- Shop alone. If I have Dale with me I wind up spending $20 more with all the extras he throws in the shopping cart.
- Don’t shop hungry. This is as much for health reasons as for financial ones. If I shop when I’m hungry I wind up buying lots of junk that I don’t need to have in the house.
- Watch the scanner for errors. I’m pretty good about this and I rarely find mistakes but I know they happen and it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for it.
- Don’t pay for conveniences like pre-shredded cheese and pre-packaged processed food. Do it yourself and you’ll save quite a bit.
I have a feeling a lot of our lists will be very similar this week but I’m still hoping to pick up some tips on saving money. These days we can all use all the help we can get.