Today we are going over the TOP FRUGAL GROCERY SHOPPING TIPS that can save you money. I prefer to shop at Aldi or Walmart for the best prices. If I go to Walmart I am able to use coupons to try to get the best price.
I use apps (Ibotta, Checkout 51, Saving Star, coupons.com, etc.) when planning my shopping list. In addition, I scan receipts on Receipt Pal, Receipt Hog, Coinout, and Fetch Rewards that accumulate points that can be cashed in for rewards/money.
1. MAKE A MEAL PLAN
I make a list of only necessities for the week and I absolutely DO NOT get anything that is not on my list. Based on my Meal plan I make a GROCERY LIST before shopping.
2. MAKE A GROCERY LIST
When you make a shopping list for what you need, you minimize the risk of wandering aisles and doing a grab and drop of unnecessary things.
3. SHOP ONCE A WEEK
Reduce the number of trips to the store so you’re not open to all that temptation.
4. PURCHASE IN BULK
Buys in bulk. This is especially true with nuts, seeds, pasta, and grains. Bring your own containers and fill them with however much you need. Most of the time these items have a long shelf life, so you can stock up when items are on sale. Also, to help be a frugal shopper, we buy in bulk quite often at Costco – especially bottled water. This is Way cheaper to buy in bulk than one at a time from the grocery store.
5. GROW YOUR OWN VEGGIES
Growing your own fruits and vegetables is the most organic you can get! You’ll be helping the environment and saving money at the same time. Herbs like mint and basil are easy to grow from the stalk. They’re inexpensive to buy, produce a lot of product, and won’t take much time to cultivate. Another way, Collecting seeds from fruits & vegetables you buy in the stores.
6. BUY FROZEN PRODUCE
Buy frozen fruits and veggies instead of fresh. They last longer and are cheaper!
7. SHOP IN SEASONAL PRODUCE
Always shop with the season. You can find really cheap produce that way. If you are wanting something that is not in season, look in the frozen section. Sometimes you can find cheaper items that have the same amount of nutrition.
8. BUY STORE BRANDS
Use store brand products instead of name brand, sometimes they’re even better! Store brand Grocery products cost about 15-25% less than national brands.
9. SHOP WITH BUDGET
If you need to use cash to prevent overspending, then do so. Whatever you decide, stick with your allocated amount and work from there.
10. CHECK STORE ADS
Check store ads before you head to the store. Always try to do this before you head out shopping because then you can compare prices at different stores or know what’s on sale and help you with your meal planning for the week.
11. DOWNLOAD THE STORE APP
Most stores are offering deals on their store apps. In that way, you can add and redeem coupons while your grocery shopping, so use that to your advantage!
12. SIGN UP FOR CASHBACK REWARD
Sign up for store rewards programs. These are usually free to join. Rack up the points and redeem for coupons or free stuff.
I use apps (Ibotta, Checkout 51, Saving Star, coupons.com, etc.) when planning my shopping list.
In addition, I scan receipts on Receipt Pal, Receipt Hog, Coinout, and Fetch Rewards that accumulate points that can be cashed in for rewards/money.
13. GO MEATLESS
You can still get sufficient protein and hearty meals without the meat. If you’re not up to a full-time vegetarian lifestyle, just doing it once or twice a week will help your wallet.
14. PLAN BUDGET-FRIENDLY MEAL
Plan for a very Budget Friendly meal that your Family enjoys at least once or twice every week for your meal, like soups, pasta, stew, etc.
(Frugal Tip: Utilize cash back apps like Ibotta to save even more on your grocery bill. You’ll earn cashback on many of the frugal foods on your list.)
15. $5 MEAL PLAN
If you’re stuck eating the same meals every week, then TRY $5 Meal Plan, is a weekly meal plan service that will help you spice things up. For only $5 per month, you’ll get a weekly meal plan with ideas that cost $2 per person or less.
It’s a great way to save time and money while not stressing about what you’ll be eating this week. Meal planning is a great way to save money grocery shopping since you buy only what you plan to eat that week.