It’s so easy to stroll down the grocery store aisles and fill up your cart with things that aren’t on the list, but we’re firm believers that eating wholesome meals at home does not have to break the bank. That’s why we’ve got you covered for your next grocery store trip with our best money saving hacks to keep those extra dollars in your wallet!
If you try out one tip, let it be this. Take the time to plan out your meals for the week and take inventory of what you already have in the fridge and pantry. This not only saves you from overspending, but also from buying things you don’t need. Go one step further by strategically incorporating meals into your week that will leave you leftovers you can have for lunch the next day or pop in the freezer for when you’re low on time and need a quick fix.
As tempting as it is to go to the store to buy all new groceries, chances are, you probably have enough ingredients in your fridge and pantry to create a complete meal. Get creative and come up with brand new recipes based on what you DO have – you’ll save money and clean out your fridge!
Shop Only Once Per Week
Sure, emergencies pop up, but try to schedule only one day of the week to get your grocery shopping done (this is why planning ahead is so crucial). Those who make multiple trips throughout the week are more likely to end up spending more than they budgeted for.
Buy In Season
Of course part of any weekly grocery shop is fresh produce, but did you know that your favourite fruits and veggies are actually more economical to purchase when they’re in season?
Calculate as you Go
Bring along a calculator and tally up your total as you add items to your cart to keep track of how much you’re spending (your cell phone calculator works just as well). If you have the kids with you this is a great way to get them involved.
Don’t Overlook Store Brand Items
Generic versions of your favourite grocery items are usually made with the same or similar ingredients to their brand name counterparts, but are a fraction of the cost.
Leave Any Overspenders at Home
This goes without saying! Leave any family member or roommate who loves to splurge and try new things at home so you don’t end up with any surprises in your cart.