1. Choose the right store.
Believe it or not, where you shop can have a huge impact on your grocery bill. While you would think basic grocery items would be comparably priced in all stores, that’s often not the case. What can you do?
- Comparison shop in a few stores at least once. Determine what store has the overall best prices for your family’s needs and make that your primary grocery store.
- If time/your schedule allows, consider shopping at different grocery stores for different items based on the best prices. For instance, you might purchase canned goods from one grocery store, while another grocery store has the best prices on meats and dairy products.
2. Stock up during sales.
Some grocery stores offer periodic sales. This is a great opportunity to stock up on items that have a long shelf life and can be easily stored for future use. If you purchase grocery items such as meats during a sale, you can easily freeze them.
3. Substitute expensive items.
Grocery items like red meat can be costly. Consider substituting less expensive items such as chicken or beans in recipes like tacos or chili to save at the grocery store.
Consider buying generic or store brands. Often, there isn’t much difference in the ingredients in generic or store brand items compared to name brands. Because of the potential cost savings, at least consider generic or store brands during your next trip to the grocery store.
4. Buy larger quantities.
Whether its items like toilet paper and paper towels, or chopped meat and bread, buying larger packages at the grocery store usually results in savings. In addition, you may consider purchasing items at a warehouse club for additional savings.
5. Use the FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card.
If you pick up prescriptions at the grocery store pharmacy, be sure to bring along the FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card. You can download a FREE card on our website, download our free app, or request a card to be mailed to you. Those using the FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card see average savings of 43%!
Additional tips for saving at the grocery store:
- Stick to a list. You’re less likely to impulse buy, which can result in overspending.
- Shop less often. More frequent trips to the store often result in overspending. Plan ahead to alleviate additional trips.
- Don’t forget the coupons. Whether you rely on printed coupons you actually bring with you or apps on your smartphone, coupons can still save you money at the grocery store. Check out Consumer Reports for the best apps.
- Shop for items such as fruit and produce in season for additional savings. Or, grow your own.
Purchases at the grocery store may be one of the higher expenses for a household, but there are ways to save at the grocery store without sacrificing delicious, nutritious meals and a healthy lifestyle.
Live Healthy. Live Smart.
Live Healthy. Live Smart.