6 Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store

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Groceries are expensive!  Really expensive!!!  So anything we can do to save money is a good thing.

Besides the normal techniques of shopping sales, using coupons, buying generics – there are a few other things that can make a big difference, too.

  1. Shop alone. We all know we spend more money when we take kids or spouses.
  1. Shop with someone. I know this is in direct contradiction to what I just said, but sometimes having someone with you DOES make you spend less.  When I go alone, I tend to add things to the cart that aren’t necessary or aren’t good for me.  When my husband is with me, he questions those types of purchases.  And I hate to admit this, but there are some things I don’t want to buy if he’s with me – like corn dogs.  So I don’t.
  1. Don’t shop when hungry. I’ve heard this one forever and it really is true.  When I’m hungry, I add all kinds of ridiculous things to my cart that I wouldn’t normally.  On the flip side, if I shop when I’m FULL, sometimes I don’t buy enough.
  1. Don’t dawdle. The longer you spend in the store, the more money you’ll spend.  Get in, get it and get out!!!
  1. Use cash and only take the amount you budgeted. You can’t overspend if you don’t have it.
  1. Have a detailed list and stick to it. My normal routine is to make my list, in detail, put prices by the items (rounding up to account for tax) and then add it up to be sure it matches my budget.  If it’s too low (which is never is!), good!  Then I have extra to use for something else.  If it’s too high, I have to figure out what I can do without.

I’ll confess that I don’t use coupons or shop sales.  I do stock up if there’s a really good sale but I don’t have the time or desire to spend a lot of time trying to save money at the store.  So for me, the six strategies above are my go-to’s for saving money on groceries.

Do you do any of these things?  How do you save money on groceries?

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Born in Kentucky, I am a wife and mom to 1 son and 2 daughters . I have an ink pen obsession, as well as a love for all things planner. I have been married for 10 years to my high school crush. I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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17 thoughts on “6 Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store

  1. I shop the perimeter of the store first, following my list and adding up as I go. The perimeter is usually where all the “must-haves” are: meats, veggies, diary. If i have extra funds left over, I head for the middle aisles. Sometimes I have to fudge it a bit; if I don’t buy certain snacks, my husband claims I didn’t actually shop. I don’t use coupons as much as I used to and I actually miss that sometimes.

    1. Lisa – I used to buy from every aisle with an emphasis on those outer aisles. But now with David’s IBS, I’ve been spending a LOT more time on the outer aisles. I actually skip many of the inner aisles now. But I’m spending more money and getting less food!!! That stuff in the middle aisles is cheaper. Of course, not as good for you.

  2. Check out *Grocery Pal and *SALE, both are for IPAD/SmartPhone and help us to find the best prices in our local area. I will clip a coupon for a brand item that I use but a lot of my items are store brands/generic. Look at your medical prescription websites for coupons! I found one for $60 off a medicine I buy. We shop at Walmart, Publix, Target,Winn Dixie and Sam’sClub and like to find the lowest prices when possible. GOOD LUCK


    1. Will do. The only problem is that I don’t like to shop at multiple stores. I don’t have much time so I usually pick the store that has most of what I want and go there.

      That medicine coupon for $60. Wow!

  3. I agree with taking cash. I do this and make it a point to leave my debit cards at home so I’m not tempted to overspend. I’m also a meticulous list maker. My husband and I are on a fairly tight budget so we can have some major repairs done to out house so I’ve had to tightend the belt so to speak. 🙂 Thanks for another great post!

    1. I haven’t left my debit cards at home – I’m scared to! But most of the time I do okay as long as I’m committed to using cash.

      What kind of repairs are you saving for?

  4. I do so much better at not spending as much money if I take my husband and/or kids with me because they are very much “get what you need & get out” type shoppers. Of course, I enjoy my trip so much more without them! This is a great list. I think the only thing I would add would be to “do the math” if you do use a coupon or spot a sale. Sometimes getting a larger package of an item without a coupon is actually a better value than buying 2 smaller packages with a coupon. Oh, and I always check the prices of the organic produce items because sometimes they are actually cheaper than the “regular” produce items. I’ve found that to be the case this week with organic broccoli on sale cheaper than the broccoli in the front of the store.

  5. I noticed one of your receipts was from Walmart. Do you use the Walmart app? If you do check out the savings catcher on the app or you can use it online. I saved about $62 dollars in less than 4 months. The savings catcher compares all the local stores sales ad and if it finds a cheaper price they refund the price difference in the form of an egift card. You can save your savings up to $500 (I think, maybe more). You can print out your egift card and use at the Walmart store or Sam’s Club or you can use at walmart.com. I plan to save mine all year this year and use at Christmas time. I already have $6+ in the last month. You should check it out. So easy to use. If you have the app on your phone you just scan the receipt or you can type in the receipt # in online. In a few days they let you know if they found any savings for you.

    1. I already had the Walmart app and had no idea it did that. I had a receipt that was less than 7 days old and scanned it in. Anxiously waiting for the results. Thanks again for the tip.

      1. Great . Even if a person saves a few cents a week in a years time that really adds up. I tell everyone I know about the savings catcher.

        1. I got $3.87 savings on my first receipt. But I think I messed up and put it on a gift card. I wanted to save it up like you do. How do I do that?

          1. To save it just don’t redeem it. Three is a “button” that you have to click on to redeem the egift card. If you don’t redeem it ,it goes into “savings” and adds up. In the email that walmart sends you to let you know if they found any savings there will have a button that says “view your receipt”. When you click it, it takes you to the walmart website and you put in your email addy and password. Then you are on the page that has your total savings so far. Next to the savings amount is the “button” that says “redeem to egift card”. you can also view all your past receipts from the page. I am not good at explaining things. I hope you can understand what I am saying.

      1. Glad I could help someone. Why let Walmart keep all that money. I spend enough there in a year they should give me stock in the company. LOL

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