How to Save Money on Groceries

Monday, 25 Oct 2010 11:40 AM

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How many times have you found yourself thinking of ways to cut down on your monthly expenditures? You may have tried saving on fuel, electricity bills, eating out, and so on. But have you thought about your grocery bills? Cutting grocery bills is a great way to reduce monthly expenses. Here are some simple tricks that will help you save money on groceries:  
    • Can the canned. Skip packaged and canned foods because they can be more costly. Food companies sight value addition to justify the prices. Most of these additions are not necessary and rob the food item of its real taste. Buy them in their natural form instead. For instance, buy dried beans instead of canned ones. Dried beans are not only cheaper, they are also far more nutritious.
    • Evaluate all options. Do some comparison tests before you go shopping. Choose a supermarket or store with the best deals on grocery prices. You could bring a notepad that will help you keep track of supermarket sales, prices, etc. 
    • Buy what’s important. Buy only what food items are essential such as vegetables, fruits, protein items, and dairy. Use your hard-earned money to buy nutrition and not snacks. 
    • Bulk is best. Buy in bulk anything that is a part of your daily needs (like potatoes and grains). Make sure you buy nonperishable products that don’t decompose or become unsuitable for consumption after a period of storage.
    • Stock up on coupons. Visit the websites of the grocery stores you visit. Many stores offer printable grocery coupons that you can print out yourself and use. Another way to access printable grocery coupons is by visiting the relevant manufacturer's website. You can also browse coupon websites online. Several coupon-specific websites can locate grocery coupons for you. Maintaining a good rapport with store employees can also help. Often employees are allowed to give out coupons.
    • Shop around for discounts and freebies. There are other ways you can enjoy discounts and free groceries. For example, you can apply for a WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) card if you have children five years of age and younger. WIC issues a plastic card that gives discounts on items like baby formula, peanut butter, milk, cheese, cereal, and juice. The card is issued on the basis of income level. You could also consider food stamps.
    • Become a feedback junkie. Write to manufacturers and give your feedback. If your feedback is valuable, they may send you a basket of goodies or coupons that you can exchange for groceries. You may have a genuine complaint about some products too. Write to the suppliers with all the proof you have. They may send you a gift certificate along with an apology. 

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