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Save Money at the Grocery Store

Buying groceries takes a big bite out of everyone's budget. If you are ready to cut back on what you spend, learn how to use grocery coupons effectively. Shop only once a week and don’t “crises cook.” If you can further cut your shopping to twice a month, and plan meals before shopping, this will reduce your grocery budget.

Even better, plan your menu a week or two at a time, and try to do some of your cooking on the weekend, such as casseroles, and then freeze them. That way dinner is ready to heat up when you get home. Don’t waste money on prepared food or fast food.

The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bill In Half, Stephanie Nelson

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Grocery story tips:

  • Grocery store coupons can be found weekly in the newspapers. Start cutting out the coupons, even duplicate coupons if it is an item you use or want. Look for coupons in the store as well.
  • Coupons can be found in the newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet. Find some type of accordion container for your coupons to keep the different types of items separated for ease of use when you are ready to shop.
  • Keep the coupons until you see the item on sale and then you can get the item for pennies on the dollar. It is particularly good if you can use a store coupon along with your product coupon.
  • Look online at the grocery store website; look for coupon sites and you can also find coupons under the brand names quite often.
  • Many groceries have coupon swap boxes, so take a look at the box.
  • Seek out grocery stores that have double coupon days and take advantage.
  • Most stores have weekly specials where you buy an item and get one free.
  • When shopping, once you have found the item on the coupon, put the coupon in a place for easy retrieval when you are checking out. The more visible the place, the better. I have had coupons and then forgot to give them to the cashier which is annoying to say the least.

US Statistics

The US Department of Agriculture states Americans spend five percent of their income on groceries. However, they spend another five percent eating out. Therefore, "$3,000 a month, you will budget around $180 for groceries and $150 for dining out." It would seem obvious on this income that cutting back on dining out would be a good idea.

More Grocery Store Tips

Grocery Store Tricks:

  • Don’t let cereal prices fool you, as they are keeping them the same and putting the cereal in smaller boxes.
  • The highest marked up items in the stores are a chest level, so reach up or bend down to get the lower priced items.
  • The stores main aisles that lead to items like milk or bread also house the high-priced items, so try to avoid these areas.
  • Try to shop alone, children and sometimes husbands have a way of adding to the grocery cart.
  • Try to shop earlier in the day. It is less crowded and you can get through shopping more quickly and will spend less.
  • Do not go to the store hungry.
  • Don’t shop when you are tired as you will be more prone to buy sweets and more high-carbohydrates.
  • Buy things that are marked down and you can save as much as 20%.
  • Always get a rain check if something is sold out.

More Shopping Tips

A few more grocery shopping tips:

  • Meat will often be marked down on the last date; buy it and use it that day or freeze it immediately.
  • Avoid buying non-grocery items, as they are typically more expensive.
  • Shop with a calculator. That way you can figure out if a case lot is cheaper than buying an item one at a time.
  • Request price matching. Many stores will honor other store’s coupons.
  • Watch the register carefully and check your receipt as mistakes happen and sometimes the computer price is not the same as the price by the product.
  • Buying produce at the farmers market will usually save money and give you a fresher product.
  • Buying in season items is always cheaper.
  • Always send in for rebates, even for 50 cents. As my grandmother used to say, pennies make dollars.
  • The video below has some excellent tips and explains exactly how to shop with coupons.

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In Conclusion

Saving money at the store should allow you to increase your home savings or you can plan to use it for something special like a night out on the town or save toward a vacation.

It isn’t that difficult to change your old habits once you see the great savings. You are putting more energy into your grocery shopping one time a week, but you are only shopping once a week. Plus, you have a menu already figured out for the week. The benefits of being organized, using grocery coupons and saving money are well worth while.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 17, 2011:

vellos, I'm glad you like this hub and I appreciate your comments.

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vellos on March 16, 2011:

Wow. You really covered a lot of ground with this Hub..great work, Pamela!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 13, 2011:

frugalday, Thanks for the information on the rebates I have never done them by will now. I appreciate all of your comments.

frugalday on March 13, 2011:

Nice helpful tips. I might add to it that once you save with the coupons, if you can then do a rebate on the grocery items too, then you will save even more. A couple places to get printable online rebates for groceries is which also has refunding forums too and another site for rebate forms is Coupons + rebates make a very good hobby.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 27, 2011:

Support Med, I think they are little bit of a hassle and yet they do save you money. Thanks for your comment.

Support Med. from Michigan on February 27, 2011:

I don't use coupons often, but do at times. We all should save when we can. v/r

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 26, 2011:

Darsky, I appreciate your comments. Love and Hugs for you sweet girl.

Darlene Sabella from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ... on January 26, 2011:

Hello Pam and thank you for the note, also this hub is really true and awesome. I could save so much money and yet I have, all my life, put them in my purse and have never remembered to use them. Gee, you can lead the horse to the water.....rate up love & peace darski

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 23, 2011:

Audry, I am going to try and put more effort in using coupons. I only use them occasionally now but I bought a coupon holder so I can at least locate the one I might use. I appreciate your comments.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on January 23, 2011:

All really, really good points, Pamela. I used to do this when we were super young and super poor and even back then, I saved SO MUCH MONEY! I still coupon but I find that the older you get, the harder it is to find coupons for foods especially that you can actually eat or want to! That is disappointing!

I have a friend and her HUSBAND coupons like you would not believe. He should be on TV and I keep telling Bob he should go over and sit down with Tom or at least travel to the stores with him and see how he does it. Again though, I think their diet and ours might clash on many points because they're younger. But then again, the savings in other departments must be phenomenal!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 22, 2011:

K9keystrokes, At least you have the habit fixed now and I hope others will know it is not that difficult. Thanks for your comments.

drbj, I have let them expire too and forgotten to give them to the cashier when I was checking out. I am a work in progress. Thanks for your comment.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 22, 2011:

Excellent money-saving tips, Pamela. for grocery shopping. I sometimes collect coupons but almost every time I get around to using them, the darn things have expired. Do you think they have minds of their own?

India Arnold from Northern, California on January 22, 2011:

I have worked hard to get into the practice of using coupons for my groceries, the money I have saved is far more than expected. This is a super good hub on the topic! Very good work as always Pam.


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 22, 2011:

Katie, I hope this will help. I think it is going to help me get organized with my coupons. Thanks for your comment.

Katie McMurray from Ohio on January 22, 2011:

I needed this. When it comes to coupons, admittedly, I'm a complete and total failure. I appreciate your helpful insights! :) Katie

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 22, 2011:

Hello, I appreciate your comments.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on January 22, 2011:

I also coupon whenever I see one. Thank you for al your useful tips.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 22, 2011:

rpalulis, I think it pays off. Thanks for your comment.

rpalulis from NY on January 21, 2011:

I really need to start using coupons.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 21, 2011:

Expand you mine, Thanks so much for your comments.

Anginwu, I'm glad the hub was helpful to you and I appreciate your comments.

anglnwu on January 21, 2011:

I love your grocery shopping tricks--now, I know to look higher or lower than eye level. Good trick on their part. Thanks for the informative hub.

ExpandYourMind from Midwest USA on January 21, 2011:

Good hub -- lots of way to save dough at the grocery store. It's amazing the amount of money you can save with some planning.

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