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11 Grocery Shopping Hacks To Save Money & Time

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Genius ways to save money at the grocery store! Tips to eat well and feed your family without breaking your budget!

Mom Hacks To Save Money On Groceries

Grocery shopping is a must for all people! Whether you hate or love it, we all have to eat. 

For my family of five, there have been times that our monthly grocery bill exceeded our mortgage payment. 

That’s right, we spend MORE money on food than any other bill. 

I had to make a change!

Well, I am not one of those people that can explain to you how to feed a family of five for $20/week. 

However, I can explain how I did cut my grocery bill way down and became a much smarter shopper. 

I like to feed my family healthy and preferably organic foods, because what we put in our bodies is SO IMPORTANT.

Most of our meals are home-cooked, so I have come up with some handy grocery shopping hacks to save money and time. 

Ways To Save Money On Groceries

Grocery Shopping Hacks To Save Money

Know The Dirty Dozen

None of us want to feed our kids foods with pesticide residue.

With all the labels of GMO, organic, all-natural; you can get a little lost and end up spending way more than you should.

There are certain foods you SHOULD always buy organic because they retain an insane amount of pesticides that isn’t good for any of us. 

The frustrating thing is that organic foods seems to cost way more.

The Dirty Dozen is list of 12 produce items that should ALWAYS be organic. 

The Dirty Dozen includes:

  • apples
  • celery
  • tomatoes
  • strawberries
  • bell peppers
  • cherries
  • grapes
  • peaches
  • nectarines
  • spinach
  • potatoes
  • kale

So when it comes to organic foods, splurge on these 12 organic items and save your money on everything else! 

There is even a list of foods that never need be organic because they either don’t need pesticides to grow or they just don’t retain the pesticides. This list is called the Clean Fifteen.

The Clean Fifteen includes:

  • avocados
  • corn
  • pineapples
  • frozen peas
  • onions
  • papayas
  • eggplants
  • asparagus
  • kiwis
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • cantaloupes
  • broccoli
  • mushrooms
  • honeydew melons

So definitely don’t worry about paying the organic prices if you buy of these.

Meal Plan

When you meal plan, it saves you from a lot of unnecessary purchases.

Before I started meal planning, I would have good intentions to make meals but many of times the food expired before I got around to it.

That was such a big waste of money. It makes me cringe at how much I wasted!

So on Sundays, I sit down and plan out the weeks meals. I then make my grocery list around those meals. Nothing gets wasted, and it takes the stress out of dinner time.

Also, I don’t get asked a hundred times a week, “Mom, what’s for dinner?”

Since they already know, because I have a magnetic weekly menu on our refrigerator. 

Ibotta 

Do you clip coupons? I don’t.

I just don’t have the time. Even if I did, it’s one of those things that I know would help save money, but I really just don’t like doing.

That’s why I use Ibotta. It’s convenient and takes very little time or effort. 

I have saved 100’s of dollars since I started using Ibotta. It is so simple to use. 

It’s a free money saving app that you can find in the app store. Once you have downloaded it,  you just scan offers for the store you are going to go to then save those offers. 

After you make your purchase, then use the app to scan the bar code on your receipt.

Then POOF you get cash back. It’s kind of like digital coupons. 

Once your cash back balance is $20 then you can request to get your money. 

Sign up today for up to $20 in welcoming bonuses!

Rewards Programs

Always make sure you are signed up for your grocery store rewards programs. Pretty much most stores have them these days. 

Scanning my rewards card has saved me hundreds of dollars every month, not to mention gas points. Win-win!

Grab From The Back

Yes, I am one of those women grabbing the milk on the very back shelf.

I check the expiration date of EVERYTHING! 

Getting something that stays fresh longer will save you money and time in the long run. 

Not only that, but we all feel so guilty throwing away food!

So save money, save time, and don’t feel guilty by being sure to grab the food in the back with the better expiration date!

Just NO to Brand Names

I am here to tell you that many times you are just paying for the name. You know it’s true. 

Let me tell you a little story.

So my daughter had to have this hat from an high-end clothing store in the mall. It cost $40. It was just this plain white hat. I tried to explain to her that it was way overpriced, but in the end she ended up buying it with her own money. The very next day we were in the Dollar Tree, you know the store where EVERYTHING is a dollar. Guess what we found, the SAME hat. I kid you not, it was exactly the same, it even had the same tag. 

She learned a very valuable lesson that day. She has been my little frugal detective ever since. 

Brand name foods are pretty much the same. There are just a couple of food items that I can tell a difference between brand and generic. 

So I say give generic a chance, because chances are, you won’t see a difference but your budget sure will!

Have A Meatless Monday

If you are vegan, you can skip this. If you are like me who has a husband that doesn’t feel like a meal is complete without meat then keep reading.

Meat is the most expensive item at the grocery store. To my husband’s dismay we have started the Meatless Monday trend. 

So that is one less dinner without meat, and it has saved me money! Not only that but it’s really good for us and the environment to cut down on meat. 

Don’t worry my husband has even agreed it’s not so bad, and he really can’t tell a difference. So it works out for all of us. 

Here are some great recipes you can try for meatless Mondays.

Grab A Rotisserie

I shop at Publix a lot and I LOVE their rotisserie chickens. I tend to grab one every time I go to the grocery store. 

They are only 4.99 which is cheaper than a pack of chicken breasts that costs around $12. 

So I say save money and save time and grab a rotisserie chicken.

I have an whole list of 25 easy kid-approved recipes using a rotisserie. 

Eat Before You Go

Never, I mean NEVER go to the grocery store hungry. Or even worse than that, NEVER take your kids when they are hungry. 

You will buy so much stuff you don’t need! Your kids will want EVERYTHING they see. 

Order Online

Sometimes I order all my groceries online and just go pick them up. It is so easy, and there are no impulse purchases. 

The thing is though, I don’t like paying the $5 fee. 

Sometimes though it is worth $5 when you don’t have a lot of time, or just don’t feel like going. 

I mean I can do my grocery shopping laying in bed in my pajamas. The digital coupons are already loaded in the app and the sales are right in front of me. 

I admit during cold and flu season I do MOST of my shopping online. It’s just the smart thing to do. 

Don’t Buy Bottled Water

Bottle water is a waste of money! You know most of that water is made at the same plants.  Again, paying for brand names. 

Anyway, get a filter for your faucet. Or get a filtered pitcher to keep cold in your refrigerator and SAVE YOUR MONEY!

Money Saving Hacks For The Grocery Store

So there are the little money saving hacks I use at the grocery store that has really cut down my food bill. I still buy healthy and we eat home cooked meals, but I no longer spend over $1000 a month on groceries. 

It’s hard to cut spending at the grocery store because the prices just keep going up. If you use all these little tips, then it should help you save money on your next grocery run!

Shop smarter and save money!

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Comments

  1. Great tips to save at the supermarket. Meal planning has definitely saved us a lot of money, not to mention time. Also sticking to a shopping list helps us save a lot. We often try to just get what we need. I think it also helps that we’re introverts and we can’t really stand being around too many strangers for too long haha.

  2. I’m definitely notorious for the expiration date thing as well. And the rotisserie chicken. I keep wondering if I should just shop online. I’ll have to give it a try. Great tips!

  3. This is such an interesting post and full of great tips. I’ve never heard of the terms dirty dozen and Clean Fifteen. Thankfully, I live on a countryside so we lots of vegetables and fruits in our garden and buy locally.

  4. We stopped buying bottled water too. Our kids would open a bottle of water then would never remember who’s bottle was who’s… which ended up in so many half full water bottles being thrown in the trash. Great helpful tips!

  5. Fantastic post. I am writing down the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen. That will definitely help. Taking a look at the rotisserie chicken, love having options.

  6. Very good tips here. I have to admit that I frequently buy more groceries than we need. It’s a waste. So, I’m trying to fix this. Also, never heard of Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen. Very informative.

  7. Some great tips. I have never heard of Ibotta. We almost always order our groceries online now so I can whittle down my cart as needed to meet the budget I set for myself that week. It has also been great to teach my 8 year old about budgeting. We also have an app called Flashfood where grocery stores post any products that are nearing expiry including produce, meat, dairy, and all of the pantry stuff. We will pick up the meat as it is heavily discounted and then I either cook it up and prep it for easy meals that week or freeze it. It has saved us tons of money as items can be up to 80% off. I also find getting to know your local farmers or local market owners can help as well as they will often tuck in an extra item into our bin or message me if they have items that need to go and given them to me either free or heavily discounted especially during canning season.

  8. These are great tips. And you’re so right. Meal planning is the key to cutting back on food waste. I love knowing that everything I bought has a purpose and will be used throughout the week. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Love this post! Oh – and never leave the house hungry is such a BIG one!! My husband has Gluten sensitivity so our menu has changed over the past year and some of the GF products are so expensive!

  10. Yes to all of this! I would add that eating seasonally saves us a ton of money. (Just check out the price on organic strawberries right now!! Like quadruple the price out of season.) We eat mostly organic for $100/week as a family of five using almost all of these tips… they work!

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