I know I’m not the only one experiencing how insanely expensive it is to feed a family these days. That’s why I got out a pen and paper and jotted down 13 easy ways to show you how to save money on groceries without coupons.
Why aren’t I using coupons? Aren’t they the definition of saving money on groceries?
Yes, coupons can be great to someone with a lot of time on their hands, but we don’t. We are raising children, running a household and building businesses all of which leave little time and motivation for much more. Besides that, I think couponing can actually get expensive.
Remember when that whole extreme couponing phase was happening? Well, I tried it, and I found myself spending a ton of money each week buying newspapers just to get the coupons inside and then didn’t even use half of them. FAIL.
I need convenience and ease of use, and that’s what I have for you today.
13 Ways to Save Money on Groceries WITHOUT Coupons
- Keep an inventory of the foods already in your house. How many times have you gone to the store and made a purchase only to come home and find you already have it? I’ve been there too, which is why I created a printable to inventory what’s in my pantry, fridge, and freezer.
- Meal Plan. Use the inventory you have on hand to come up with meals for the week. When you do this, you’ll be saving substantially.
- Check grocery store circulars for deals.
- Use money saving apps like Ibotta and SavingStar. Both of these apps offer cash payouts to you and are very (my mom will tell ya!) user-friendly. Bonus! Ibotta will also give you $10 bucks when you try it out!
- Make a list and darn it, stick to it. I don’t dare send my husband to the grocery store without a list or we end up with five different flavors of ice cream along with various other non-necessities that double our grocery budget.
- Buy meat in bulk. I never did this until my mother in law gave me a Food Saver, since then it’s one of my favorite ways to save at the grocery store. If you don’t have a FoodSaver I highly recommend you get one, it’ll be an investment that pays for itself over and over again.
- Shop first thing in the morning. This enables you to find fantastic deals on bulk meat as this department is marking down meat that is nearing the “sell by” date. I’ve got in the habit of going directly after dropping the kids of at school, and I usually get savings of $6-$9 per package this way.
- By generic or store brand items. Usually, these items will still beat the price of a brand name product even if it’s on sale so be sure to double check before placing things in your cart.
- Stock up when items you use regularly are on sale. I recently took advantage of this when cans of diced tomatoes were only $.58!
- Purchase ingredients not microwaveable, premade meals. I know I’m big on convenience but premade meals are not the way to go. Fresh is best, and those ingredients will last much longer than the money pit of packaged meals.
- Garden! Fresh produce can get pricey so avoid that by growing your own. Aside from the obvious vegetables, you can also grow herbs; I love this herb garden starter.
- Use cash. There’s no way you’re going to go over budget if you only walk in there with a certain amount of money. Unfortunately, with a credit or debit card, it’s all too easy to go over budget.
- Don’t go to the grocery store hungry. It’s a mistake I’ve made over and over again and it blows my budget out of the water.
Now we know exactly how to save money on groceries without coupons.
Comment below and let me know how you’re doing!