7 Tips for Grocery Shopping on a Budget

When it comes to shopping of all kinds, I’m a serious penny pincher.  I do everything I can to cut costs but maintain quality.  Over the years, I’ve become a bit of a pro at budget shopping, so I’ve decided to share my top tips with you! Check them out after the jump!

1. Become a Coupon Queen
Don’t be embarrassed when you slap ten coupons down on the conveyor belt at your grocery store- be proud!  Clipping coupons is both smart and easy!  Check out your local paper or browse for coupons online.  There are numerous coupon websites, and you can also visit manufacturer’s websites for coupons.  For a huge assortment of coupons, click here!

2. Do I Need This?

This is the question you should be asking yourself every few minutes when you’re grocery shopping.  It may be tempting to buy something that’s on sale, but if you don’t eat it, you’re wasting- not saving- money.

3. Shop Around
If it’s convenient, shop at different stores for different things.  For example, if the Target near your home has cheap dry goods but expensive produce, then get your basics there and your produce elsewhere.  Just make sure you’re not spending more money in gas driving around than you are saving!

4. Buy Store Brands
Most store brands are more affordable then well-known brands, but contain the same ingredients.  Don’t be embarrassed to buy generic brands- you may find you like the taste even better!

5. Know the Right Times
If you really want to save a bundle, buy seasonal items a year ahead of time! Buy next year’s Easter candy now, for example, when it’s 50% off at many stores- it won’t go bad!

6. Buy in Bulk
Joining a local Costco or Sam’s Club can really save you money in the long run.  Buy staples like flour, sugar, cereal, cooking oils, spices, etc. and you’ll be astounded at how long they last!  Be careful when it comes to buying refrigerated items, though.  Unless you can eat a 1-gallon container of hummus before it expires, don’t buy it!

7. Less Packaging, Please!
The more packaging a product has, the most it will cost.  That’s why Malt-O-Meal cereal is so affordable.  Instead of buying a bag of fun-size bags of chips, for example, buy a family-size bag and portion them out for lunches and snacks.

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