Being a newly single parent going from a two parent earning household making in the lower 6 figures to less than a 1/3 of that (I got all the bills though yea!!!) a chick had to make some drastic changes. One of those changes was definitely how money was spent. So I combed through all my finances. Some areas I had no control over but one of the areas I did, was my family’s grocery budget.
Here’s a few tips that have helped me get control of my family’s grocery budget without compromising completely on quality; even earning a few dollars back!
1- Shop around. A typical BIG grocery shopping day for me consist of me going to multiple stores. I like to start at the discounted stores first (like Aldi’s loving Grocery Outlet too; formally known as Amelia’s), moving my way up to Walmart, Giant, Weis, and so on. A lot of times I do not have to make it past the trip to Walmart depending on what I need.
One time I started with Aldi’s instead of Grocery Outlet and I was off to a good start. Helped a lady with her cart she didn’t know how to get her quarter back. Showed her and she let me keep the cart. A savings of $0.25 from the gate WINNING!!!
It’s just those little things that give me the warm fuzzs…I digress.
2-Coupons. They can be a hassle but when you’re low on cash you should definitely make the time. Learn to love it! Post coming soon on some of my go-to spots for coupons and how I organize them (coupons). I am definitely a fan of Ibotta which I accumulated a lot of cash back from and I subscribe to GCC (GroceryCouponCart.com).
3-Look at weekly store circulars. Sometimes I based my shopping around (#1) according to the store circular. I look at these either by getting the Sunday paper or on my “Flipp” app. I do this to ensure that the trip to stores like Giant, Weis or in your case Pubix, Kings Soopers, Safeway, Fry’s, Piggly Wiggly (saying that always makes me chuckle) and so on are worth the effort. I prefer to get my produce and some of my meats from certain stores as opposed to others but that’s just a quick in and out trip that can be done on any day.
4-Have a snack before you go.
Study done on consumers shopping on an empty stomach. It can do more damage than some people realize but this will also help with the next step…
5-Make a list and STICK-TO-IT. I either do this or have a predetermined amount I am willing to spend in mind because places like Aldi’s and Grocery Outlet have an ever changing inventory so it’s hard to pinpoint what they may have or not. Aldi’s is a little more consistent as far as inventory.
Bonus tip: Look for discounted gift cards. Gift Card Granny has grocery gift cards for 3% off and up right now. Every little bit helps.
Those are my 5 grocery shopping tips to help you save money . What are some of things you use to save money? Let me know down in the comments! And if you love this post, please subscribe to my blog and hit me up on my Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.