I like many families live on a budget. I do not have much extra money to spend on frivolous things each month, much less, spend two-hundred to three-hundred dollars every few weeks grocery shopping. On average, I spend anywhere between seventy dollars to one-hundred and twenty dollars every few weeks grocery shopping for a family of four. I spend a few hours a week doing the following things; which I feel it is a small price to pay for the savings we see; and I am able to provide my family with healthy meals seven days a week.
I do have a favorite grocery store,whose ads I read every week. However, there are a couple of other stores in my area that put out ads at different times of the week. I check out these stores too, as I plan my meals each week around what is on sale. I also look for sales on items that we commonly use, and “stock-up” on these. I do not however, have a stockpile of food or other products. We buy what we need and just a few more. Instead of “wasting a trip,” or wasting gas, my husband will pick up things that I need on his way home from work. This works out great and also helps to save additional money. By watching sales and going to two or three stores, we have saved over one-hundred dollars a month!
Some grocery stores provide “loyalty cards” for free. Pick up these cards when ever possible. I have saved over one-thousand dollars this year alone using one. Many pharmacies provide these also, and depending on their sales, I have found that I save even more money. Between using the store cards and watching the grocery ads at various stores, I have been able to provide better meals to my family and I have also saved a lot of money.
Coupons are great! I get the Sunday Paper essentially for the coupons. Some stores nowadays though are moving towards electronic coupons on their “loyalty cards.” This is very convenient, and it saves time; also one does not have to worry about losing their coupons. I still use both paper and electronic coupons though. Sometimes there may be a really good sale on an item that I frequently use; I am able to put a coupon on my card, but also cut one out of the paper. If one is interested in using coupons, ask friends or family members to save the coupons if they do not use them. I have saved hundreds of dollars this year using coupons.
Simply by taking a little time out of my day to look at various grocery ads and cut coupons, I have saved a great deal of money this year. This is the first year that I started to do this, and I am getting better and better at it all the time. Pick up those free store cards and use them to ones advantage. Start saving ones money instead of throwing it away. I am so glad that I started!