Saving money on your grocery bill is not as difficult as it seems. Through taking a few minutes a week and following a few simple steps you can not only save money on your food purchases, you can also make wiser, healthier food choices.
We, as Americans, are known by other countries to be a lazy society. It has been said that our children will grow up to be one of the youngest generations to be diagnosed with heart disease in their adulthood. This statistic can be attributed to the poor food choices we make on a daily basis. The food choices are not always our fault though.
For the average American living on a budget, junk food is often the least expensive choice to make. You’ll notice when you’re shopping in the grocery store that the ends of the aisles always have displays on them. These displays are specifically rented by the junk food vendors to attract our attention. They may put brightly-colored sale stickers on their product to attract your attention as well. In buying these products we may be saving a few dollars here and there, but we are in turn feeding unhealthy food to our families.
This is where reading circulars, clipping coupons and searching online comes in. Each week the Sunday paper has tons of coupons in it. Buy the paper and look through the coupons. Even if you see a few items that you normally buy but do not need at the moment, look at the expiration date of the coupon and set it aside. This is where it’s a good idea to keep some sort of a coupon file. You can sort the coupons by product, but the best way to sort them is by their expiration dates.
Once you’ve finished setting your coupons aside you can begin looking at the circulars for the local stores in which you shop. If you’re unable to find them in the newspaper, most of the stores post their circulars online. You can see which items are on sale as well as compare the sale items to the coupons which you have clipped. With a little luck you’ll not only catch an item on sale, you’ll also be able to use a coupon on the item to buy it for a fraction of it’s original cost.
Buying in bulk is also a great idea. If you know paper towels are on sale then buy a few. Most grocery stores offer a limit of between 2-4 items per person. If this is the case then bring an extra family member with you, or a friend for that matter. You can both go on separate lines and purchase as many offers a your pocket-book will allow. Another great tip that many people don’t know is when an item is on sale 10 for $10.00, almost never will you need to buy 10 of that item to get the sale price. You can buy one or two and still pay only $1.00 a piece. If you wish to stock up then you may buy as many as you like. You can even mix and match the 10/$10.00 sale items.
You may have noticed that over the past ten years most drug stores, supermarkets and price clubs offer membership/savings cards. These cards can come in quite handy when you’re trying to save money. Not only are they used to deduct all of the stores sale itmes, you can even have coupons you’ve found online transmitted right to your membership card. All you need to do is join a website that offers this feature. You simply register, put in your savings card number, and proceed to shop through the coupons. Once you find the coupons you need, you check off the boxes next to them and have them sent to your card. Once you get to the check-out lane of your local grocery store the coupons will automatically be deducted when the item is scanned.
Setting aside a little time each week to clip your coupons, read your circulars and search the internet for bargains is a great idea. Once you make a habit of doing this weekly it will not only come naturally to you, it will also take less and less time to get the hang of. Not only will you be saving money in the long run, you’ll be helping your family get on the road to eating healthier. Through saving money on your groceries you will not only be able to afford healthier items you will be saving money at the same time.