1. Search for Coupons!
You don’t have to be an extreme couponer to believe in the saving powers of coupons. Everyday shoppers like you and I can save a tremendous amount of money when we’re willing to put in the time. The most common way to find grocery coupons is through your Sunday newspaper. However, now that we’re in the digital age, you can access coupons of your favorite brands and products from almost anywhere. You can search for coupons of your favorite grocery brand online and print them out at the convenience of your own home. The savings on these coupons may seem small, but they can really add up. And in today’s economy, every penny counts! People have saved up to $100 a month just by using coupons.
2. Plan Your Meals Around Sales and Coupons
Plan your meals around your savings. After you’ve printed out your coupons, look through what you have and plan your meals around those products and ingredients. If chicken is on sale this week, why eat beef? You can save a lot of money simply by appropriate planning. Keep yourself from splurging on cravings and brand name products that make no difference. Be a smart shopper and buy items that will give you the most bang for your buck.
3. Never Buy Prepacked and Precut Produce
Prepacked and precut produce is just a way for stores to charge you double the price of an item for very little work. A bag of regular celery will cost you $2, but if you are lazy or want to save a few minutes of your day by buying the precut and packaged one, you will find yourself paying $4 for that item. It will only take you a few minutes to wash and cut the produce yourself so don’t waste your money on convenience.
4. Stock Up Your Freezer
Feeding your freezer is a great way to stock up on sale items and store away leftovers or unused items. If you have leftover uncooked meat or vegetables and don’t want to eat it again until next week, just stick it in the freezer. If you find a perishable item you love on sale, buy a large quantity of it and keep it in the freezer until you are ready to cook it.
5. Canned, Frozen or Dried
Next time you’re gathering ingredients for a recipe, try using frozen, canned, or dried foods. They may be less expensive than fresh, yet they are equally nutritious. Produce is typically frozen, canned, or dried at the peak of ripeness when nutrients are plentiful. Fish and poultry are often flash-frozen to minimize freezer damage and retain freshness. With frozen foods, you can use only the amount you need, reseal the package, and return it to the freezer. If it’s properly stored, there’s no waste. Dried fruits are concentrated in flavor and a great substitute for fresh fruit.