It’s easy to cut your grocery bill by more than 25 percent without resorting to extreme tactics.
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While shows like “Extreme Couponing” are entertaining, they are not instructive for how to regularly save money buying healthy, nutritious food for your family.
For me, grocery shopping is a fun exercise in saving money and avoiding unnecessary spending. Few things irk me more than having to run out to buy an expensive ingredient at the last minute, when it was just on sale or I could find it cheaper at a store other than the (very expensive) supermarket across the street.
Save more than 25 percent by following a few of these tips. Try them all, and watch the savings pile up!
· Stop throwing away food! According to USDA and the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans throw away about 25 percent of the groceries we buy - almost $2,000 each year for the average family.
· Plan your meals. This enables you to use everything you buy – especially produce and meat – while it is still fresh. It also allows you to plan leftovers to cover other meals.
· Never shop without a list. Surveys show that up to 60 percent of grocery purchases are unplanned, so this single tactic can save big bucks.
· Get organized. Knowing and being able to see what you have keeps you from buying duplicates of things already in the pantry or fridge.
· Get to know the sale patterns at your grocery store(s). The same items tend to go on sale every three to five weeks. Learn the sale schedules of products you buy regularly, and buy enough to last until the next sale.
· Buy in bulk…sometimes. Make sure the unit price is actually cheaper, and only buy large quantities if you will use them.
· Don’t buy cereal at the supermarket. Discount stores and warehouse clubs generally have lower prices on name brands, and may offer store brands of the same cereal. You can also get great deals at national drugstore chains like CVS and Walgreens. Combine sale prices with coupons and store loyalty programs, and save up to 75 percent off the full supermarket price!