1. Eat before you shop!: Nothing is worse than heading to the grocery store on an empty stomach. Everything looks appealing and you end up purchasing more items than necessary.
2. Make a list: Jot down a list of the grocery items you will need. Try to stay within those guidelines.
3. Shop the sales: Seek out store flyers and signs around the store. You can save a ton if you buy what's on sale.
4. Clip coupons: Coupons are everywhere! Check local newspapers, product websites and even coupons offered at the stores you shop. Don't be shy to save a bit of cash!
5. Stay inside the aisles: When possible try to shop the aisles. You can find a variety of beans, soups and non-perishable snacks.
6. Go local: If you purchase locally distributed items, often times they are cheaper, because it costs less to deliver.
7. Buy in bulk: Items like paper towels, rice and cartons of almond milk may cost you more on the front end, but will last you a lot longer and save you per item and ounce.
8. Make enough to freeze: Casseroles, soups and crock pot recipes are great for freezing and reheating when you don't have the time or cash to cook.
9. Purchase private label: Almost every grocery store has a private label, that is just as nutritious for a lot less. Don't be fooled by the labels you're used to seeing, you end up paying for the names most times.
10. Skip the ready-made: Why pay for people to prep your food, when you can do it yourself? Besides, if you cook your meals, you get to consume it in its freshest state!
Hopefully these top ten tips will save you some cash when shopping for your groceries. Stay tuned for healthy meals on a budget...coming soon! Bon Appetite!