Because Fabgrandpa and I are both unemployed right now, we are having to be frugal with our money. One of the budget categories I can save the most on is groceries. I have been brainstorming to myself for the last few days on ways to be able to save more on them. Here are some of the things I have come up with:
Use Coupons: Using Coupons is the obvious money saver for most people, but we don’t buy a lot of things that there are coupons for. We shop mostly the perimeter of the store–you know, the produce, meat and poultry, and dairy aisles. I do use the few coupons that match up, but I don’t buy things just because I have one.
Buy On Sale: I try to stock up on certain items when they are on sale at good prices. For instance, a couple weeks ago, Boston Butt Pork Roast was on sale for a ridiculously low price, so I bought a large one and had it sliced into pork steaks. Having a small freezer has really been handy for this.
Make Fewer Trips To The Store: While it is true that I used to travel 85 miles one way to buy groceries when we worked at the Grand Canyon, now we only live 13 miles away from a decent grocery store. Since our car gets about 26 miles to a gallon of gas, that means we have to add the cost of a gallon of gas every time we go there.
Make A List: Yes, this should be a no brainer, but I sometimes to forget to do it. And every time I do, I spend more dollars at the grocery store than I need to. Also, on some things, if I buy it because I can’t remember if I need it or not, it can mean that something goes bad and I have to throw it away. That is not only wasteful, it makes my cost of groceries go up.
Buy In Bulk: I don’t do this often, but on some things it just makes sense. Because I eat gluten free, and not all grocery stores sell all of the items I like and use all the time, when I do come upon something that I like, I buy several. The closest place that sells gluten free tortillas that I love is 40 miles away near my mother’s home. I buy all they have on the shelf whenever I visit Mama.
Order On-line: Sometimes, ordering online can save a ton of money, especially when it comes with free shipping. We signed up for Amazon Prime so that we could get free shipping on just about anything we buy from Amazon. This is so helpful when I can’t find gluten free items I like in our hick town.
So, what other ways do you save money on groceries?