5 Ways To Save Money On Groceries Without Coupons
First, don’t get me wrong, I am all about using coupons to save money. But, let’s face it. We are all busy. When you add children to the mix, life is even more crazy. Yes, couponing takes time. There are occasions when spending the time to coupon is just not an option. I get that. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be a savvy, money saving shopper. I present to you my 5 Ways To Save Money On Groceries Without Coupons.
1). Choose the right time to shop!
Choosing the right time of day and day of the week can save you money. How so, you ask? Well, think about it. You head to the grocery store on a Saturday afternoon or at 5:00 after work and it is packed. Your first objection is to get in and out as quickly as possible. This can lead to overspending. You don’t take the time to compare prices and you are more likely to just throw things in the cart. So choose a time when the grocery store is less busy. Typically, Wednesdays and Thursdays are best. Also, going after 8 pm is always a slow time…. 8 pm on a Saturday night is golden!! Besides, it’s just nice to shop without dealing with crowded parking lots and aisles.
2). Buy things in season!
I recently went to the grocery store with Mrs. Coupon Dad. I noticed that she was buying 50 red bell peppers. I thought I was about to be on some kind of red pepper diet for the week. Fortunately, that was not the case. She said, “I buy a lot of them when they are $.79 each so I don’t have to pay $2.99 for them”. Makes perfect sense to me. I never really paid attention that she comes home, chops them in strips, dices, and chunks then puts each “style” in a gallon freezer bag. When she needs them she just takes a handful out and reseals the bag. The same goes for seasonal fruit such as strawberries and blueberries.
3). Check the circular!
This is a no brainer. If ground beef is on sale this week for $2.99 per lb., stock up. Take it a step further and plan your menu around what’s on sale. So if pork chops are on sale and beef is not, plan a couple of pork meals to avoid paying the higher prices.
4). Make a menu!
Making a menu will eliminate being asked, “what’s for dinner” 20 times a day, that’s a plus!! Also, making a menu and buying only the ingredients that it takes to make those meals will save you money. First, if you make a list of only the ingredients you need, it will keep you from making multiple trips to the grocery store when you forget something. How many times have you gone into the store to by 1 thing and come out with a cart full??? Second, when you take inventory while making your list, it prevents you from buying an ingredient you don’t need. This prevents waste, in turn saving you money. You want more help planning a menu and saving money??? Visit Erin at 5 Dollar Dinners and she can help you. She even has a printable grocery list and everything. Tell her I said “hi” while you are there!
5). Check unit pricing!
This is a biggie. Check your unit pricing. This is a especially essential for your paper goods. Is 16 double rolls the best price or is it 32 single rolls??? Is the 32 oz. jar of peanut butter the best deal or is it the 12 oz. jar??? The way to tell is to check your unit prices. Divide the price of the item by the units. For example, if there are 419 ft. in your package of 12 rolls paper towels and price is $8.98 you enter in your calculator (I use my phone) 8.98 divided by 419. That gives me a price of $.021 per unit. Now compare that to the 5 mega rolls that are 160 ft. for $5.47. That gives me a unit price of $.034. As you can see, the 12 rolls is a better buy. You are paying $.13 less per unit for the 12 rolls compared to the 5 mega rolls. However, manufacturers are tricky. The bigger package is not always the best price. That’s why it is important to check your unit price.
So there you have it. My top 5 ways to save money at the grocery store without using coupons! Do you have any money saving tricks that don’t involve coupons??