23 ways to cut back on groceries- General Budget & Finance

1. Always take a list, if its not on your list dont buy it 2. Plan out a menu (I am starting to try to do this myself) 3. Dont go to the store hungry 4. know exactly what you can spend 5. Make a pantry list 6. make a pricebook 7.use coupons 8. buy frozen veggies 9. cut back on meat (we have

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    1. Always take a list, if its not on your list dont buy it
    2. Plan out a menu (I am starting to try to do this myself)
    3. Dont go to the store hungry
    4. know exactly what you can spend
    5. Make a pantry list
    6. make a pricebook
    7.use coupons
    8. buy frozen veggies
    9. cut back on meat (we have a problem with this one in my house my boyfriend's a meat and potatoes man)
    10. Cook a lot and freeze
    11. Look for specials and dont buy them unless you use them
    12. store brands
    13. cut back on one-item trips
    14. dont buy sugar cereals (there goes my daughters lucky charms and the boyfriends cocoa pebbles lol)
    15. when there is a sale stock up
    16. one big trip a month for bulk staples

    17. Deep freeze (we are shopping for a freezer now)
    18. Dont waste leftovers ( we eat it or freeze it in two days)
    19. Dont buy junk food or at least cut back a lot
    20. go by yourself
    21. use the stores savings card
    22. cook from scratch
    23. drink water (I can see this saving but I can also see it hard to do)
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    Some really good ideas!!! Whats a price book though??

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    20. go by yourself
    This one is so true! I can stick my list only, but take someone else and I end up with all sorts of things that we sure could do without.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redring View Post
    Some really good ideas!!! Whats a price book though??
    a price book is a notebook where you keep up with the prices on things you buy all the time that way you know when they usually go onsale or what store they are cheaper

    here is a link that will give you some tips from the site


    Grocery Price Books - Budget101.com Forums
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilbe95 View Post
    This one is so true! I can stick my list only, but take someone else and I end up with all sorts of things that we sure could do without.
    I agree when everyone else goes with me they take off as soon as we get in the store then I am having to price check, add totals, check coupons, and watch what is being stuck in the cart. And they never know how much it is when I ask. My favorite is when my boyfriend wanted something and he put it in the cart, I said we have a little extra depends on how much it is. He said it's less than 5.00 LOL i told him I needed a definite price in case I found something on sale that was not advertised because the extra was our stocking up money, I made him go back and find out how much it was. he was irritated but didn't argue.
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    I always bring a list...With the specials on it. I also go through my coupons the night before and put them in my wallet. Going alone is for sure (hubby buys all kind of expensive stuff) and it is quicker too go alone. I don't enjoy shopping so anything that can make it quicker is great by me!

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    write a list of things you buy, make sure you include everything you buy, then go to the stores you go to and write down the prices on those items and what each store sells them for.... then you have a base line and will know a good price when you see it.
    don't be afraid to change brands don't get stuck in the only a name brand will be good....
    recipes.. write down all of them your family likes.. what goes in them do they take alot of items? the more they take the higher the price to make them remember spices can add alot to any dish you don't have to buy them in just one place look around...dollar stores carry a few.. i've even found them at The World Market... and some were a good price, just don't buy so much that they have no taste by the time you get around to using them, saving money is knowing when to buy.. and when you bought to much....lol if you bought so much it goes bad.. then you wasted your money....when making dinner and you have a few tablespoons of left over veggies... what do you do with them? why save them of course put them in the freezer in a container keep adding to it... makes a great base for a stew.. or a soup.. oh my i think i may have done some rambling... sorry.....

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    Great idea. I can definitely say not going hungry helps and so dies going alone. If I take my family they are sure to want this and that. We I go myself I take my list and I'm in and out in no time.


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    I don't enjoy shopping so anything that can make it quicker is great by me!
    Suey, I thought I might be the only female out there who doesn't enjoy shopping at the actual stores. Thanks for letting me know I am not alone!

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    DH tells me I shop the grocery store the way some women shop the malls. I have my list and my coupons but always look for markdowns. Publix never marks down, so quick in quick out. Kroger reduces meats and fish and lunchmeats when close to expiration.
    Wal-mart has 2 reduced racks, one for bakery products, one for close out food items.
    Bi-Lo is a different story, that one takes a long time, they stick purple tags on the shelf for close out items and you have to look down each isle. Worth it though when you can also double coupon it.
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    I use a list and NEVER go shopping when I am hungry!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by faxonfive View Post
    I use a list and NEVER go shopping when I am hungry!!
    I did this one time and had to come home and rework the budget LOL. Between all of us going and all being hungry we ended up spending about 45.00 in snack foods. Never again
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    Going alone is one of the best things on this list. If my roommate goes shopping with me we end up eating out OR I have to buy her a frozen pizza or something to eat. I can't just get my regular ramen and veggies when I shop with her. Same goes for my vegetarian friend- She ended up buying $30 of stuff for one meal x.x

    Also, going hungry- My mom did this one so much. She'd end up like a month later going "...why did I buy this?"

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    I find that going with Mike Saves us money. We both watch eachother and ask eachother Do We Really Need This or That? I get very impatient at stores (slow moving people) if I go by myself I will tend to buy what is quicker to get in/out. With Mike along he tends to get the meat and canned goods (slowest people in these ares) I take the rest of the aisles. Works better this way. Saves time and Time IS Money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Niddi View Post
    Bi-Lo is a different story, that one takes a long time, they stick purple tags on the shelf for close out items and you have to look down each isle. Worth it though when you can also double coupon it.
    I completely agree with you!! That's why I do take the hubby with me there and he loves to come along! Even our 14 yr old daughter has joined in. As soon as we get in the door, the head off to the frozen food section with their part of the list and also on the hunt for the "purple tags". I let them know on the way what's on sale, and what coupons I have to match up. We've really become quite the team.
    Takes us a little bit longer to get through the store but it really pays off in the end. After ringing out our total came to just over $193, then once I handed over my BiLo card and coupons......$80.42 now that's worth a little extra time in the market!

 

 

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