Save On Groceries Without Coupons

Written by on June 19, 2012 in Money - No comments | Print this page

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Great supply of food can be had for low costs for those that know how to save.

 We all want to save money, and food is one area where we can all find ways to cut back. Eating out less and buying your own groceries is a good first step to saving, but to really save money you need to learn the best shopping methods. Of course coupons are a great way to save money. There are more strategies that people should learn to save even more.

 Plan Ahead

The best way to save money on groceries is to plan ahead. Before doing any shopping know what you want to eat. Make meal plans out for the week before going grocery shopping. Use the meal plans to make the lists, and only buy what is on the list.

 Don’t Throw Away Food

We all throw away too much that we buy. Cut back on that buy following these simple rules.

  • Buy Less.

  • Use Leftovers for Soups and Sandwiches.

  • Freeze fruits before they go bad. Frozen fruits are good for baking.

Use What You’ve Got

Of the top of your head do you know how much you have in canned vegetables, cereals, oatmeal, grains, and other durable foods. Its probably more than you think. Do an inventory of what you have available and make sure that you find a way to incorporate it into you meal plan.

Buy With Cash

And only take enough to buy what is on the list. Shopping is full of temptations. It is easiest to avoid those temptations by not being able to afford them.

Look For Alternatives

  • Shop for generics.

  • Buy cheaper cuts of meat.

  • Use basic cleaners such as ammonia, vinegar, and baking soda. They are often as effective as specialty cleaners while being much, much cheaper.<!–Ads5–>

 Buy In Bulk

Many things, such as paper towels, grains, pastas and canned goods, can be bought in bulk for a lot less unit cost than buying single use serving sizes. This is especially true if you spend the time to shop around.

Be careful though, don’t buy perishable goods in bulk or you will more likely in up just throwing them all away.

 Cook In Batches

It is cheaper to make larger batches than smaller ones. Learn to make larger batches of soups and stews. Meats can be cooked for stir-frys and casseroles ahead of time.

Preparing ahead of time is a great way to save time and money. Just don’t make more than you can use.

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Matt Brand

Matt Brand is QLR's money saving expert. His experience with credit cards and student loans have made him take a strong interest in personal finance, saving money and sharing his knowledge. He is passionate about teaching others how to avoid the trap and make smart financial decisions. View all posts by Matt Brand.