Plan ahead! Take inventory of what you have, and what you need before hand so you do not over buy. Bring a list with you with a utensil to cross items off your list, or you can download an app like anylist from the app store. This app can organize your list by department making it easier for shopping.
Utilize sales and coupons: There are tons of ways you can do this. Whether it be your local newspaper,app, or simply printing them at home there are plenty choices for you. I love an app called Coupons this app lets you see manufacture coupons that you can add on top of most store sales. It also lets you print them from home making it simple and easy. I also use the app called Flipp that lets you see the prices of your items at all stores so you can see who has the best deal for you.
Make healthy choices: Eating healthier foods can actually save you money, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. The researchers found that when families went on weight loss diets, they not only lost weight but reduced their food budgets.The savings came from reducing portion sizes and from buying fewer of the high-calorie foods that tend to increase the amount spent at the grocery store. People tend to spend a lot on those “extras” foods that add calories but little nutritional value, like sodas, bakery items, and chips.
Go generic: Consider buying store brands instead of pricier national brands. Many grocery companies buy national-brand products made to their specifications and simply put their own label o n the products. Read the ingredient list on the label to be sure you’re getting the most for your money. I always shop generic, I find the store brands are just as good if not better!
Shopping in bulk: Try shopping in bulk! This is a great option for large families who shop more often than most, or even a small to average size families as well. Joining a bulk shopping club like Sam’s, Costco, or BJ’s can be cost-effective if you frequent the club regularly. Bulk purchases can be a great way to save money as long as they get used.