No matter where you live, the cost of living is on the rise. That is why saving money on groceries can go a long way. You always have to eat, but even a little bit of savings each month can add up and help you out financially. Here are six great ways to start saving now.
1. Buy in bulk
There are a couple of ways to save by buying groceries in bulk. First, many grocery stores sell grains, nuts, and snacks in bulk. In many cases, paying per pound for these bulk items, you will save money compared to if you purchased similar items prepackaged. Grab a bag and fill it up! Second, find a grocery warehouse near you. You can stock up on groceries and save in the long run. Make sure you have plenty of tupperware, freezer bags, and storage space at home to store everything. It takes a little work to organize, but it is worth it in the end.
2. Use coupon codes
Coupon codes are a convenient way to save. Online grocers like Ocado frequently offer coupon codes for buy one get one free deals, like this 2 4 1 on Vegetarian Food and another voucher from Tesco will get you this Hipp Organic porridge pouch for free. Don’t pay full price when the savings are just a click away.
3. Shop sales
Pay attention to grocery store advertisements that come in the mail. Even if they do not come with coupons, they often show you what will be on sale this week. Build your meals around the sale items that appeal to you.
4. Look for the best value
Here is a secret: most grocery stores print the value of groceries on the price tag. Look at the fine print and you will see how much money you are paying per gram or liter. Choose the size and brand that gives you the best value. If you can’t find it on the label, pull out your phone calculator and do the math. Every penny counts!
5. Plan ahead
Plan meals for the week so your groceries never go to waste. The worst is to buy a crown of broccoli on impulse and let it sit there and rot for two weeks because you never planned a meal that incorporates broccoli. Invest time to plan.
6. Apply for assistance
Don’t let your pride get the better of you. Find out if your local government provides financial assistance programs for food. Many places will look at your income to determine whether or not you qualify for assistance. If you qualify, you could end up saving a significant amount on groceries each month. If you don’t qualify, no harm done. It doesn’t hurt to apply.