One way I like to live more by the margin is by saving money at the grocery store. If I can save money on groceries, I can spend with or on people I truly love or doing things I enjoy doing.
Shop at Discount Grocery Stores
This might seem like a no-brainer. But one easy way to save more on groceries is by shopping at a store that charges less. You can choose a store that you can buy in bulk and save like Costco or Sam’s club. You can also choose a store like Aldi that keeps cost low by offering no or minimal name brand items.
I prefer shopping at Aldi because of their affordable prices on organic and staple products. If you do shop at Aldi, be sure to bring a quarter to get a cart, and your own bags unless you would prefer to pay for some at the checkout counter. This may seem a little inconvenient but I don’t mind doing either of these things.
The quarter for the cart keeps the costs down low because their employees don’t have to keep spending their time corralling the carts. Also, not supplying bags keeps the company’s cost down allowing them to keep prices low, and bringing my own reusable bags is better for the environment. I think that one is a win-win. I remember the first time I went to Aldi and remembered both my quarter AND my bags. It felt like I had just won a prize at the fair!
Now, this is a wonderful method for many people. It can save you lots of money. Personally, I have tried couponing, and I have several problems with it.
One is the time. It takes a lot of time to find them, clip them, and sort them. My second issue with couponing is that I never remember to bring the dang things. If I do by chance have a coupon I will use, I just stick it in my wallet so I don’t lose it, and I’ll actually have it on me.
I just prefer to shop at stores that have lower prices from the get-go.
Download Store Apps
Many stores nowadays have apps. Download them. Many of the stores’ apps are filled with coupons, discounts, weekly ads and circulars, and other money saving information.
I personally have the Military Commissary coupon clipping app, the Ebates App*, the Target app, and the Aldi app on my phone because this is where I tend to shop the most. I love my Ebates App because not only does it work in-store, it also works online! At Target alone, in the last two months, I have saved over $25 dollars on items I would have purchased anyway!
One of the best ways to spend less at the grocery store is to meal plan. By knowing what you are making, and shopping with a list, you will end up with fewer items in your cart, and less waste.
Now, meal planning is a labor of love for me. I have finally made it a point to schedule my meals in my planner and this has worked very well for me. The planner* I use makes it easy to do this since there is a meals section on every daily page.
The problem for me is running out of different foods to make. I always feel like we are eating the same things again and again. What are some of your favorite meals to eat? Lastly, my bonus tip:
Don’t Shop Hungry
Have you made the mistake of shopping hungry? I know that when I shop on an empty stomach everything looks delicious. It seems as if I end up grabbing all the things that look good, and my cart ends up chock full of random, mostly snack items.
If you do need to shop and you can’t eat a full meal-try at least having a snack before you enter the store. You might find yourself grabbing less food on impulse.
Hopefully, some of these tips help you to save money at the grocery store and allow you to live more marginally.
If you’re looking for a great cookbook to help you meal plan, I personally use and recommend Lisa Leake’s cookbooks. Not only are they healthy, the meals are truly delicious, AND she includes seasonal (think cheap!) meal plans in each one!
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Until Later My Friends,
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