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The 5 Best Ways to Cut Down on Your Monthly Grocery Bill

The monthly grocery bill is something which can take up a big percentage of our monthly outgoings if we don’t go about it in the right way. The good news is that you don’t need a drastic lifestyle overhaul to make this less of a burden on your finances. If you want to save cash on your groceries then here are 5 relatively simple ways of doing so.

Buy in Bulk

You can make some big savings by buying in bulk from a local supermarket instead of purchasing an item here and another there. By looking for multipack offers and then storing away what you don’t need until you want it you can make a serious dent in your grocery bill. You will need to keep an eye on the expiration dates if you are going to store a lot of perishables at home but your bank account will thank you for it. Just after you get paid is a great time to do this and it is a tactic which should stop you making so many expensive trips to the store throughout the month.

Use Discount Coupons

With so many stores now offering useful discount coupons it seems a shame to not take advantage of them. It might be that by switching to a different brand or by purchasing something you don’t normally buy you can make a handsome saving. You can find these coupons both online and in some newspapers and magazines. It can get confusing if you go to the supermarket with a huge pile of them, so try and work out in advance which ones you need to take with you.

Grow Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

If you eat a healthy diet then a lot of your grocery bill is probably based on the fruit and vegetables you buy. Growing your own is a winning idea in many different ways. Apart from the money you save you can make sure that you eat fully organic products, help the planet and get a fun hobby at the same time. You should get any kids in the house involved in this process as well, as it is a great way of getting them to eat healthily and teaching them how to live a green, healthy life as well.

Cook More

Buying pre-cooked meals is one sure way to blow your household budget in one easy step. These are fine for the odd emergency or lazy night in front of a movie. However, the more you can cook the less you will spend on your grocery visits. Your first shopping trip to buy ingredients might be expensive if you need to stock up on herbs, spices and such like. The next time the bill will reduce, though, as you have less to buy. Cooking one big portion and freezing part of it for the future is also going to help you use your ingredients more wisely and keep your grocery bill lower too.

Shop Around

There are really two parts to this point. First of all, it is important that you choose the best place to buy your groceries. If this means making a monthly trip to the big supermarket out of town then it is going to be worth it. Lots of trips to your local convenience store might seem easier but it is going to be far more costly in the long run. Once you are in the store it is also a good idea to compare products and brands. In many cases cheaper brands offer the same sort of quality as a more expensive one for a much lower price.

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14 Responses to The 5 Best Ways to Cut Down on Your Monthly Grocery Bill

  1. Thanks for the tips. Buying in bulk is always a good idea as long as you eat it. We love to go to Costco and buy up paper products and cleaning supplies because they never expire.

    • Adam | Money Rebound says:

      Yeah there is a danger of ending up with shelves full of uneaten food, as you said it’s tough to lose when stocking up on cleaning products though.

  2. Rita P says:

    Those are good ideas on cutting down our monthly grocery bill. Using coupons can save you a bit on the bill and buying in bulk can save you a lot. I liked your ideas of cooking more at home which saves your health and money also. Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a great idea which improves your health and saves a good chunk of money too. I would also like to add here is go shopping with your grocery list in hand and buy in cash which can avoid unwanted expenses too

  3. We do our best to base our weekly meals around what is on sale that week. But we also shop at Costco and buy meat in bulk and freeze so in case there isn’t something at the local store on sale we like, we have something to fall back on.

    One additional trick is to make soups and more non-meat dishes. Since meat is usually the costliest of the foods you buy, going a few meals per week without meat saves a good bit of money.

    • Adam | Money Rebound says:

      Thanks for the extra tips Jon! I’ve used the old meat saving trick before, I don’t think you need to eat meat everyday anyway.

  4. We like to meal plan and shop the flyer sales for fruits and veg in season coupled with what we grow in our garden. You might also find cheaper food at your local farmers markets. Eating less processed food will not only cut down on the grocery bill but it is better for our health. You can see all my grocery shops and my grocery budget each Tues when I post the grocery game and even I can tell that since documenting our shopping we have changed our grocery shopping habits dramatically over the past 2 years as have some of my fans. It’s amazing how we can save just by being mindful. Cheers!

  5. Mark Ross says:

    Growing your own vegetables can be a really fun family activity, and it can help grow our savings too. Great tips, by the way.

  6. Great stuff, Robert. We just grew our first big garden this year and we LOVE all of the money savings we’re gleaning out of it. Huge money savings!

  7. We buy in bulk when it makes sense. We’re Costco members. At first it’s a bit overwhelming and you find yourself with a 10 gallon jar of pickles in your cart that you eventually realize you will never eat. :) Thankfully, I enjoy cooking and it definitely helps lower food costs. We have plenty of grocery stories in a few mile radius of our home, so after awhile you know which stores have the best prices on what, which is very helpful too.

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