Groceries seem to be a major expense for most families. However, it is also an expense most families cannot avoid since everyone needs to eat. Here are some hacks to help you save money on groceries.
Buy in bulk – There is a reason that warehouse stores like Sam’s Club, BJ’s and Costco stay in business for so long and that is because people who buy in bulk tend to spend less money on their grocery shopping bill. These stores also tend to feature their own weekly deals to help you save even more.
Plan weekly meals – The last thing you want to do is to walk into a grocery store with no planned meals and an empty stomach. A great tip when it comes to planning weekly meals is to only plan three or four meals for the week and the other nights you can eat leftovers.
Make a list and stick to it – So what is worse than no planned meals and an empty stomach? Not having a list with you when you go to the grocery store…and an empty stomach. After you plan your meals for the week, make a list of the items you will need for the recipes. Then, when you are at the grocery store, only buy what is on your list and don’t deviate from it.
Read unit prices – Unit prices are something all grocery shoppers should read. Unit prices are located on every single food item you purchase. If you look on the price tags, you will see a certain price per ounce or per pound. There are times when the price for 16 ounces of carrots is actually cheaper than the 12 ounce bag of carrots.
Steer clear of convenience foods – Convenience foods are commercially prepared foods that are easy to consume. While they may be convenient, they are also rather pricey. Convenience foods are foods such as frozen foods like waffles, brownie mixes, boxed macaroni and cheese and snacks like potato chips.