How to Save Money on Groceries
Plan your meals and shopping lists around featured sale items.
- Use your store's weekly sales ad flier to plan your menus for the week. Then, write your shopping list around the items and brands that are on sale.
- Taking a few minutes to make a detailed plan will save you the time of making unplanned trips to the store during the week—which can ruin your budget.
- Planning ahead also helps you avoid impulse shopping during your trip.
Questions to ask your grocery store manager to save money
- Do they have "buy one, get one free" deals?
- Do they double coupons?
- Do they offer a store discount cards that gives you automatic discounts?
- Do they have special store coupons?
When is the best time to use grocery coupons?
- Buy the Sunday newspaper—75 percent of grocery coupons come from the newspaper. Buy two to three copies per week to save dramatically.
- Go online—grocery stores often have their best deals and printable coupons on their websites.
- Many stores offer electronic coupons that go directly on your store discount card.
- Don't buy a year's supply, just enough to last until the next sale (two to three weeks).
- Boneless chicken is on sale every other week at Stephanie's grocery store, so she buys two weeks of boneless chicken every other week to store in her freezer. This habit saves her family of four $325 a year on this one item.
- Buy the brand that's on sale with a coupon, or get the store brand if it's less expensive.
- Shop at the store with the best prices for your items that week.
Stephanie shares more money-saving tips with Jean Chatsky!