Cheap Groceries – How to Minimize Your Spending at the Grocery Store

We all have to buy groceries, because without them we would either starve or spend a fortune eating out. Therefore, a large part of the art of cheap living is finding ways to reduce your grocery bill. Cheap groceries are hard to come by since prices seem to climb every day. I’ve put together a few tips to help you keep your bill within reason.

I’ll be breaking the cheap groceries tips down into three parts. The first section will deal with what you should do to prepare for grocery shopping in general. Then, you’ll need to do some things to prepare for your trip to the store. Once you’ve done all your preparations, it’s time to discuss what actions you should take inside the grocery store.

General preparations (should only have to be done once):

1. Sign up for store loyalty card- I’ve heard it is smart to misspell your name to protect your privacy. You could also use a random PO Box number to avoid giving your real address. These cards will help you get cheap groceries, because they usually provide discounts you can’t get any other way.

2. Acquire coupon organizer- You could use some type of wallet or small file box.

Preparations for shopping trip:

1. Make a shopping list- Check what you have and figure out what you need to buy. Only put those items on the list. A friend told me it’s a good idea to plan your meals for the week in advance to help you in preparing your list.

2. Collect coupons- Find coupons for items on your list. Organize them based on how the store is laid out to make it easier to locate them when needed. Also use the store flyer to find cheap groceries that are on the list.

3. Eat before you leave- When I was in the military, the Armed Forces Network often showed a public service announcement with a jingle that said ‘Don’t shop when you’re hungry, no, no, no.’ If you do, you may buy some things you don’t need.

4. Items to take with you- Take the store loyalty card, coupons, flyer, and a calculator.

5. Items to leave at home- Kids. If you take the kids, you’re more apt to buy extra stuff.

What you should do in the store:

1. Only buy what’s on your list, no matter how great all the other items look.

2. Buy in bulk when it makes sense to do so. You can use the calculator to determine if the bulk price is actually saving you money.

3. Buy generic brands- Often, generic brands are just as good as name brands. And many times the name brand item may be more expensive even with a coupon.

4. Don’t forget to use your coupons and store card at check out.

5. After checkout, be sure to check your receipt to make sure they charged you correctly.

I hope this simple guide will help you in your efforts to purchase cheap groceries. If you follow these tips every time you shop, I believe you can keep your grocery bill to a minimum. Live cheap and prosper.

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2 Responses to “Cheap Groceries – How to Minimize Your Spending at the Grocery Store”

  1. Great discussion. And I REALLY like that you practice what you preach. That’s when you can tell a post has come together.
    And I’m also fascinated by how fresh you made the routine [admit it: what you just shared has been regurgitated millions of time. ;-)].
    Ben Johnson said people don’t need taught as much as they need reminding.
    Good work.

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