How to Save Money on Grocery Shopping -Tips

Saving money on grocery shopping can have a significant effect on your finances and life.

You can become more efficient and effective about grocery shopping and learn to enjoy shopping.

The 8 main tips to save money on grocery shopping include the following:

Develop Good Shopping Habits

Create Shopping List

Create A Spending Limit

Calculate Effectively

Shop at a Discount Store

Buy a Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Coffee Maker or NutriBullet Pro Blender

Buy Basic Food Staples

Buy Items in Bulk

Follow these tips for saving and you will become efficient and effective at grocery shopping.

Through this post I will provide helpful information about how to save money on grocery shopping.

Develop Good Shopping Habits

You can save significant amounts of money by developing good shopping habits.  Create a shopping list at home so that you can save money because you will know exactly what you need.

Never shop hungry by always having enough food prepared and with you before you go shopping.

Create a list of foods that you will be able to prepare at home and make sure they are things that you can prepare consistently.

I have tried buying foods that are more complicated to make and sometimes it would work out but sometimes it wouldn’t. Focus on buying foods that are easy to create.

Writing up a grocery list at home and then only buying what is on the list works well for me. I have spent many years creating a grocery list that makes sense for me.

Figuring out what works for you is critical. I gradually added and took away items until I came up with a list of all the essential food that I need.

Being able to constantly practice good shopping habits is key. If you want to only shop once a week, then try to do it consistently.

The more you practice these good habits, the easier it will be to maintain doing them.

Navigate the Grocery Stop with a Detailed Grocery List

Whenever I am about to shop, I make sure I have the following:

  • My Grocery List
  • Grocery Bags
  • My Backpack for Heavy Items
  • To Do List

The to do list includes grocery shopping and whatever other shopping I need to do that day. It is satisfying to check stuff off the to do list once it is completed.

It takes practice to develop a new routine so just give it some time.

Create Shopping List

Buying only what you need, and sticking to your shopping list, will save you a lot of money.

Write up your grocery list at home where you can easily look in your refrigerator and kitchen area. Doing this will make it much more likely for you to only buy the essentials.

I like to bring an index card that includes what groceries I need that week. I’ve had success taking a picture with my phone of a list I wrote up at home too.

Usually I start at one end of the store and make my way from one side to the other. When I reach the other side of the store, I double check my list to make sure there is nothing that I have missed.

If you start going to the same store consistently, you can become efficient with your shopping.

Nowadays, I mostly don’t need to look at the list because I just know what I need and where it is. It feels really great to be so efficient and effective with shopping!

If you want to learn more about saving money, read my recent post How To Save Money for Everyday Items.

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Calculate Out a Spending Limit

Create A Spending Limit

Creating a spending limit and sticking to it is great for saving money because it forces you to not spend more than you need.

Coming up with a spending limit mostly involves looking at your recent grocery store receipts,  your shopping list and calculating up how much you should be spending per grocery trip.

If you know that you want to only spend $240 per month on groceries, then dividing $240 by 4 will give you how much you want to spend per week on groceries, which would come out to $60.

$240 = Monthly Grocery Spending Limit

$240/4 = $60 Weekly Grocery Spending Limit

This is based on if you are probably shopping once a week for groceries.

If you are trying to spend $240 per month but are grocery shopping twice a week, then you would divide the $240 by 8 to get your biweekly spending limit.

$240 = Monthly Grocery Spending Limit

$240/8 = $30 Twice A Week Spending Limit

If you wanted to cut down your grocery shopping expenses, this is probably one of the most effective ways to do that. It restricts you from buying extra, non essential items and could lead to a surprising amount of savings.

Calculate Effectively

You can calculate effectively by using your phone as a calculator to help you stay within your spending limit. Doing this can help keep you from spending more than you should be.

This can be particularly helpful if you are trying out a new grocery store and are not familiar with all the prices of that store.

Taking the time to calculate up the grocery items can give you critical information to keep you from spending extra.

Going through your grocery receipts at home and calculating up what you could be spending is great for determining what you could be spending.

If you are trying to cut down on your spending more, you can try going into your current grocery store and calculating up all the least expensive options for your grocery shopping list.

If you always buy the organic milk, try buying the non organic milk. Calculating this way for every item is likely going to give you significant savings.

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Shop at Discount Stores to Save

Shop at a Discount Store

Shopping at a discount store is going to help you get the food you need for a much more reasonable price.

If you have a Trader Joe’s in your area, then this could be your go to store. Trader Joe’s is a really great place for buying organic food at inexpensive prices but there are plenty of other discount stores.

A list of some of the most popular discount stores include the following:

  • Publix
  • Wegman’s
  • Winco Foods
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Aldi
  • Costco

I love going into discount stores because there is always affordable food and also new stuff to try out too.

For just about every organic or non organic food Trader Joe’s is the place to go. The quality is dependable and better than most other grocery stores.

When you compare Trader Joe’s to Whole Foods, the prices are cheaper at Trader Joe’s and the quality is almost the same.

Wegman’s and Publix could be about the same price and great deals. I usually shop at Trader Joe’s because it is the cheapest option in my area but using one of the stores listed above is likely going to save you tons.

Search your area for which discount stores are around and start making this your go to store and you will be surprised at how much you start saving.

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Consider Buying a Good Coffee Maker

Consider Buying a Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Coffee Maker or NutriBullet Pro Blender

Do you like to drink coffee?

Consider buying a coffee maker that you like and will be able to use regularly. This could save you hundreds alone if you think about how often you are likely to buy a cup of coffee or multiple cups per day.

Being able to dependably make a cup of coffee in the morning and not have to buy one on your way to work is not only less expensive but more efficient.

I bought a coffee maker and immediately saved so much money and time. I remember how much time I suddenly had gained after I bought my coffee maker and it just felt really great.

I use a Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Coffee Maker, which is a coffee maker that works well for me and is very easy to use. It takes a few minutes in the morning to get ready but then you are set up well for the day.

This coffee maker is able to make up to 12 cups, which is way more than I usually need but it is nice to have the option. It is also very fast at making the coffee and keeping the coffee hot.

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Prepare More Smoothies

Do you like to drink smoothies?

Buying a blender could be a great idea if you have a busy lifestyle and need something that is easy to drink on the go. I use the NutriBullet Pro, which is a blender that I bought on Amazon and it has made my life so much better.

I have to stand and be on my feet a lot at my main job and having a smoothie has made it so much easier to make it through the day.

Most of my smoothies consist of a banana, apple, orange, protein powder and water. Having the NutriBullet Pro blender has made it so easy to have a smoothie for wherever my day takes me.

If you have to commute a lot or if you have to be driving a car for a long time, then a smoothie can be very convenient.

Purchasing a NutriBullet Pro blender or a Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Coffee Maker is an excellent long term investment. It will save you money and make you feel way more prepared for whatever the day throws at you!

If you want to learn more tips to save on coffee, read How to Save Money on Coffee.

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Buy Basic Food Staples

Buy Basic Food Staples

Buying food staples that you can easily and consistently prepare can be huge for saving money consistently.

It can take a few shopping trips to figure out what is going to work best for you, but once you have your list of food staples you can frequently save money.

I like to have a smoothie, sandwich and a rice dish every day. I try to prepare this so I am ready for every day.

When I am at the grocery store, I like to buy the essentials to make a fruit smoothie, turkey sandwich, rice dish and any other food staples.

Usually I go to the store once a week and buy everything I need for the week. I will buy a few small food items outside of this time just to hold me over until I do my big weekly grocery shopping trip.

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Buy More Items in Bulk

Buy Items in Bulk

Buying most of your food in bulk is going to save you money because you will get a better price for those food items.

Buying 12 eggs is going to be cheaper than buying 2 cartons of 6 eggs because buying the item in bulk will always be cheaper.

Buying the some of your items in bulk, such as eggs, potatoes, coffee, milk or almonds will save you key money.

There can often be a buy one get one free, or buy 2 get 1 free deal that comes from buying in bulk. It is important to make sure that you need each food in bulk so that you don’t actually spend more than you should.

This is why creating a budget is so important for keeping people from buying extra food.

But buying most of your items in bulk is going to save you money. You can start saving money for food and all kinds of items when you do this at certain stores.

Shopping at Costco or a larger discount store could help you get tons of items at a reduced price.

Buying items in bulk will also keep you from making as many trips to the store because you will a much more prepared pantry and refrigerator of food.

Become Prepared to Grocery Shop

I hope this article gave you some ideas about how you can save money on grocery shopping.

Developing good habits takes practice but the more you practice the more efficient and effective you will become.

Even if you only applied half of what is on this list, you would have a good chance of saving money.

I hope that you liked this article on how to save money on grocery shopping and that you are able to save money using the information from here.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will answer them as best as I can.

10 Replies to “How to Save Money on Grocery Shopping -Tips”

  1. Hi LEE,
    I can’t pass without leaving a word! Your article is full of very useful information and helpful tips for saving money on Grocery Store. I especially like point 4: Yes, buying only the ones you need is important when you really want to save money. But unfortunately, many people buy with their eyes and on the basis of their emotion. Thank you for these tips on how to save money on Grocery Store!!
    All the best!

    1. I am happy that you found useful information here!
      Many people do buy with their eyes but if you can start building good habits then you can gradually cut down on this happening as much.

  2. This is great advice. I try to be frugal with grocery shopping, but I have been getting off track lately with impulsive purchases. This article gives me motivation to make a list of staples to stick to when I’m shopping. That’s better for finances, time, and health, so it’s a win all around!

  3. Great advice! I have done a lot of research into saving time and money when it comes to meal planning and grocery shopping. You have some great points that I will definitely incorporate into my current routine. Making a list and sticking to it is crucial! Another thing I have found very helpful is the “Our Groceries” app along with Alexa. The two are compatible and thus allow you to add things to your grocery list as you are cooking and running out of staples. It has really helped me not to forget those necessary items.

  4. One thing that helps us keep our grocery bill in check is buying as little packaged food as possible. We prepare as much of our own food from scratch as possible. Packaged food is not as healthy and has a lot of preservatives. You are also paying up for the convenience. Another thing that helps us is to do our shopping online and picking up at the store. This limits the opportunity for an impulse purchase to make its way into our cart.

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