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3 New Ways to Save on Groceries in 2015

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Groceries are often people's biggest budget buster. Here are 3 new ways to save on food!

A new year often signals new beginnings, and that’s why we’re sharing with you today three new ways to save on groceries for the coming year. Losing weight, getting in shape and eating right are all very common goals that people like to undertake at the beginning of each new year.

Menu planning, budgeting, buying on sale and all of the other great tips you’ve read before are foolproof to a money-saving plan for your grocery budget. Here are three more ideas that will keep more money in your bank account and still allow you to eat healthy, great-tasting meals in 2015.

Save on Groceries by Knowing Prices

 

A vital part of learning to save money on groceries is knowing the cost of the grocery items you buy on a regular basis. Learn to memorize the prices of groceries you buy regularly, or keep a log stating the name of the item and its regular price.

Knowing, or at least having a reference sheet, for these prices will help you to recognize a true sale on these items or a false marketing ploy geared at getting you to spend money you don’t need to spend. It will also help you to have a clear picture of whether the items you find at the warehouse club are truly a cost-savings, or whether you’re better off buying individually at your go-to supermarket.

Know When Your Regular Purchases Go on Sale

 

Most items typically go on sale at a certain time of the year. For instance, baking items are often on sale around the holidays, as are potatoes and certain vegetables and meats. Barbeque items like hot dogs and buns are often on sale during the summer season, as are most fruits. By keeping track of when these things go on sale, you can buy and stock up for the year in a deep freezer or in your pantry if it’s a canned item.

For instance, our favorite frozen pizza brand runs $1.48 per pizza, but once or twice a year, usually in the 1st quarter of the year, the store closest to our home will have them on sale for $1 each. At that time, we pick up a couple of dozen for the freezer, having saved nearly $12 on our pizza purchases for the year.  While $12 may not seem like a lot of cash, when it’s lumped in with all of the other savings we gain by using these techniques, it really does add up. If you don’t have space to stock up, you could also look at limiting your enjoyment of these items to the times of year when they are on sale; it might end up increasing your appreciation of them!

Know What Items are Best Purchased in Bulk

 

Warehouse clubs can be a huge money saver on groceries, especially for bigger families. They can also be a huge budget drain if the prices aren’t truly cheaper than regular store prices or if you don’t eat most of what you buy and it goes to waste. The key to savvy warehouse club shopping is to know which bulk items are truly money savers.

Spices, for instance, have a super long shelf life and offer a massive money savings when bought in bulk: often 100 percent or more than the smaller containers sold in the stores. The same goes for block cheddar cheese. There’s often a cost savings of at least 20 percent when you buy block cheese in the warehouse club as opposed to somewhere like Target or any other grocery store.

Looking for ways to keep costs down when it comes to food? Here are 3 new ways you can save on groceries.

It’s vital, however, to make sure that the annual fee on the warehouse club membership is worth the money savings you get on what you purchase.

Learning how to save money on groceries has never been easier with the many Internet and store sites devoted to helping you spend less on groceries.

 

Which part of your budget do you plan to save money on this year? What item do you stock up on when it goes on sale? What are your tips for slashing the amount of money you spend on groceries?

 

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Laurie is a wife, mother to 4, and homesteader who blogs about personal finance, self-sufficiency and life in general over at The Frugal Farmer. Part witty, part introspective and part silly, her goal in blogging is to help others find their way to financial freedom, and to a simpler, more peaceful life.

14 Comments

  • Vanessa D. says:

    Toilet Paper and Coffee are the two main things I like to stock up on when there is a sale, but even there it’s useful to have a sense of the sale cycles – I don’t buy a year supply but I’ve gotten pretty good at getting enough to make it to the next sale.

  • Mr. FW and I were just talking about how awesome bulk spices are this morning (yes, we have conversations like that :)…). We’ve honed a list of things to buy in bulk from Costco and most of it is non-perishable. Since we just have two people to feed, anything huge and perishable usually goes bad before we can eat it all. The caveat are things we can freeze.

    But in general, we save by buying our staples in bulk (lentils, quinoa, black beans, rice, etc) and our produce in small quantities every week–this way, we have almost zero food waste. I need to be better about checking on sales–thank you for the reminder!

    • Laurie says:

      Too bad you guys don’t live closer – can you imagine the fun we’d have talking about bulk purchases? 😉 We buy lentils in bulk mostly b/c they last forever – that way you can take advantage of the money savings and still have no waste.

  • Mrs. Maroon says:

    I have several go-tos for the warehouse store… Block cheese, coffee, toilet paper, paper towels, and dog food. Plus they often have great gas prices!

  • I try really hard to stick to my list. I also go through my pantry periodically to see what I already have. It’s easy to forget about the things stuffed in the back!

  • Knowing the general price of what you pay for staples is a big one. How do you know a good deal if you don’t know the “typical” price?

  • This one is easy: coffee. We always get quality coffee for cheap because we stock up when it goes on sale in the store. It has an additional bonus of keeping us out of the coffee shops. I love my Caribou (I’m actually there right now working on blogging….please try not to judge me too much haha) but I love saving money even more!

  • Knowing the prices is a huge way to save money when grocery shopping. For longer than I care to admit, I had no idea what anything cost, and when you don’t know this, you don’t know if you are getting a deal or not. Now, I know the price of all of my usual purchases so when they move up and down in value, I adjust my meal planning around those movements. It has saved us hundreds of dollars in groceries this year alone.

  • Jordan says:

    Good article! I use coupons and load up when there is a good sale. I also plan my shopping by comparing the circulars from the different markets to see who has the best sales and the best prices on the things I buy the most. I use the store web-sites as well and sign up for the affinity cards for each one. I don’t plan menus as much but if I make chicken cutlets on Monday, I’ll use the leftovers to make chicken salad for Tuesday or Wednesday lunch-just toss it in the food processor with some celery and whatever leftover vegetables from Monday’s dinner-usually broccoli or red peppers and mayo and instant chicken salad. I add salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.

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