With the economy changing through the past five years, it has affected nearly every household in America. Most bills cannot be reduced such as rent or car payments, but one way to save is by consider how you spend your grocery money and make some changes. There are many ways to save on groceries, including non food items such as toiletries and cleaning supplies. Here’s a list of things to get you started stretching your household food allowance.
Coupons can be found in newspapers and online to print out at Coupons.com, SmartSource.com and Redplum.com. The average amount you can save with a manufactures coupon is $1.20 if that same coupon is used when an item is on sale, or clearance it can be worth a whole lot more. You may even get the item free. Stock your coupons, watch your local sales papers as they come out each week, and compare with your coupons.
- Shop Sale Items in Bulk
When something goes on sale at a great price, and you know your family will use that item, purchase more to last a couple months.
-Shop Drug Store Sales
Many drugstores like Walgreens, CVS, or Rite Aid Pharmacies put grocery items such as canned soup on sale every month. They even put a coupon in the weekly ad. These stores allow you to use the store coupon and a manufacturer coupon on the same item. This is a great opportunity to get free stuff or items for only pennies. This is referred to as “coupon stacking”, and well worth the time to clip coupons.
-Buy from Wholesale Clubs
If you have a local wholesale club, sign up for a membership. Buy Dry goods such as toilet paper and paper towels your family needs in bulk. These places even provide meats and fruits, which can be portioned into small amounts and frozen for use at a later date.
-Cooke From Scratch
Start cooking more at home instead of eating out. Instead of buying prepackaged meals that can be heated up quickly, buy more ingredients and find a great new recipe to try. You will save money buying outside of the grocery aisles: more produce, veggies, meats, and dairy. Cutting back on canned and boxed items, you will fill your grocery cart up higher for the same amount of money.