Like it or not, grocery shopping is something which needs to be done. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most expensive obligations in your household budget. If you’re interested in lowering your grocery bill, keep reading.
Buy in Bulk
You hear this tip all the time – and with good reason! It works! Go through your previous monthly grocery lists and see which items reoccur that have a long shelf life. Such as:
- Toilet Paper
- Sandwich bags
- Cleaning Supplies
If you can reasonably predict that you will use it often in the coming months, take advantage of discounts and buy it in bulk.
If you see an amount on sale that is larger than you would use in six months, speak with your friends or neighbors and buy it collaboratively. Everybody needs toilet paper, so why not take advantage of group buying power.
Gone are the days where you needed to cut out coupons from a newspaper or magazine. Start with the Groupon Coupons page for Walgreens and see what type of discounts you can get on your everyday items. Remember, even if it’s $1, it’s $1 more in your pocket each month which all adds up.
Swap the Brand
Can you really taste the difference between brand name sugar and the store brand? Items like these have the perception of better quality with price. However, sugar is sugar. Look through your list and see which items you can swap out for their store branded alternatives.
Join the Club – Literally
If your grocery store or supermarket chain has a membership rewards club – join it! Memberships like these have come much further than the original email newsletters. Now, membership cards allow you to accumulate points which you can redeem against the cost of your groceries.
Of course, the newsletters are still there, but now they’re filled with actual savings on useful items. Often, these low prices are only available to members.
Saving money on your grocery bill is easy with these four tips. The next time you’re sitting down to plan your budget, keep these in mind and watch your savings soar!