3 New Ways to Save on Groceries in 2015
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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.
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?