Saving money at the grocery store in 2023 can be a challenge, but there are a few strategies you can use to make it easier.
- Plan your meals in advance: Before you go to the grocery store, make a list of the meals you plan to make for the week and only buy the ingredients you need. This will help you avoid impulse buys and overspending.
- Compare prices: Take the time to compare prices on different brands and products. Look for sales and deals and take advantage of them.
- Shop in season: Fruits and vegetables that are in season are often cheaper than those that are out of season. Eating seasonally also means that you’ll be eating fresher, more nutritious food.
- Buy in bulk: Items like rice, pasta, and cereal are often cheaper when bought in bulk. If you have the storage space, buying in bulk can save you money in the long run.
- Use coupons: Look for coupons in the newspaper, online, or on the store’s website. Many stores also offer digital coupons that can be loaded onto your rewards card.
- Shop at discount stores: Stores like Aldi, Lidl, and Trader Joe’s often have lower prices on their products than traditional grocery stores.
- Cook from scratch: Preparing meals from scratch using basic ingredients can be a lot cheaper than buying pre-made meals or convenience foods.
- Avoid pre-packaged foods: Foods that are pre-packaged and pre-cut are often more expensive than buying the ingredients separately and preparing them yourself.
- Make a grocery budget: Set a budget for your grocery shopping and stick to it. This will help you stay on track and avoid overspending.
- Use cash back apps: there are many cashback apps that you can use to get cash back on your grocery shopping. Some popular ones include Ibotta, Checkout 51, and Coupons.com.
- Shop at farmers’ markets: Buying fresh produce and other items directly from local farmers can be cheaper than buying them at the grocery store. Additionally, buying from farmers’ markets supports local agriculture and small businesses.
- Apply for food stamps. If groceries are becoming a problem for you to afford then you should apply for assistance.
- Apply for WIC (women, infants, and children) if you have children under 5.
- Prepare to go without & lose weight. These prices are so expensive it just might provoke an urge to eat less and forget about overindulgence. In fact, I stopped buying my favorite cookies because I can do without them for now.
- Go to your local food bank. Look on google or ask around on Facebook within your state and find out where the nearest food bank is located. This can help you supplement the cost of groceries.
- Eat free at your place of employment. Some jobs offer FREE lunch and please take advantage of it. This will save you money on brown bagging to work.
- Eat at your family’s house. This will cut down on your expenses if you share in the costs of food.
- Ask for help. Do not be too proud to tell others you need help because I can guarantee you that people will pull together to help you. Just be honest and transparent about your situation.
By following these tips, you can save money on your grocery bill and still eat healthy and delicious meals. Remember to be mindful of your spending and stick to your budget, and you’ll be able to save money and still enjoy your favorite foods. Hope this list will help you and your family survive these incredibly expensive times we are living in.
Here is to hoping the costs of food will decrease sometime soon.
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