One of the ways I save money is by using a few tips when I do my grocery shopping. Actually, I save money just by going food shopping as opposed to the five of us eating out. When the do eat out, even just to our favorite local Chinese buffet, it’s at least $75 for us. We do eat out from time to time, we just don’t make it a regular thing.
I try to shop the flyer, especially the loss leaders. Loss leaders are the items the stores puts on sale to entice you into the store. They’re usually on the front page of the flyer. This week one of the loss leaders for the store I shop in, is organic chicken breasts; buy one, get one free. My husband and kids love chicken (I’m a vegetarian for over 20 years) so I’ll buy several packages and freeze them.
If an item we use often is on sale (such as peanut butter or cheese) and I also have coupons for it, I’ll buy as many as I can and store it or freeze it. I’ve found that if I do that each week with just a couple of items, I can build up a stockpile of things we use often – and because we use them often, they don’t just sit around and end up being tossed. We have a large upright freezer, in addition to our refrigerator/freezer, and room to store extras in our laundry room/pantry.
I love using coupons for things we buy and sometimes I even buy them online. Here’s an older example frm a few years back but it’s useful to show the savings. I bought 20 coupons for $1.00 off 2 Morning Star Farms vegetarian foods for $1.59, including postage. This is something I buy all the time, regardless of the price or if I have any coupons. Usually they sell for $3.49 each at the store I shop in (they’ve since gone up). The coupon states I need to buy two and I have 20 coupons, so that’s 40 I’ll end up buying. 40 at $3.49 each is $139.60. 20 coupons for $1 off is a savings of $20, minus the $1.59, I’ll save $18.41, bringing the total for 40 to $121.19. Rather than give that $18.41 to the grocery store, I can think of at least five things I can do with that instead.
1. Take my kids for ice cream sundaes.
2. Go out for dessert with my husband.
3. I can buy some books at the local used book store
4. Rent a couple of videos.
5. Put it in the tank of my car.
These easy ways don’t take a lot of time and I’ve been able to save quite a bit of money. I’ll share more about my food shopping methods in future posts, like the bargains I find at the dent and bent stores.