Generally, people love or hate grocery shopping. No matter which camp you fall in, you can usually agree on one thing: You want to lower your grocery bills! You're in luck. These tips will help you save money on your grocery bills while still letting you enjoy all of your favorite foods!
Make a list. Making a list - and sticking to it! - is a surefire way to keep your grocery costs in check. Lists help you remember exactly what you need - and what you don't - so you don't end up with double of something you already have in your fridge or forget that one essential ingredient for a dinner dish on the menu. Make sure to look over what you have in the pantry and refrigerator before you go.
Clip Coupons. Clipping coupons may seem so last year, but they really can help cut down costs. If you don't normally receive the newspaper, consider just purchasing the Sunday paper as that is where you can find most of the ads and coupons for the week. Many stores also offer online ads and coupons through email newsletters or their websites. You can print the coupons at home and bring them with you!
Grow your own herbs and vegetables. Save money and add a little greenery to your apartment by growing your own herbs and vegetables. Some of the easiest to grow herbs include basil, chives, dill, garlic and mint. Greens, like lettuce and spinach, are also good candidates for indoor growing.
Eat before you go. You know what they say: Don't grocery shop on an empty stomach! It's true, when you're hungry you will be much more likely to grab easily satisfying things like chips, cookies and candy. Having a snack before you go can keep you focused on the foods you need, instead of those you may want.
Shop store brands. Store brands can be almost identical to their shelfmates, but sometimes the fancy name and packaging can add up to big bucks! Compare ingredients and prices, and if the store brands stack up don't be afraid to make the switch.
Set a budget. Budgeting can be one of the most effective ways to keep your spending in check. If you know that you can only designate $50, $75 or $100 a week, depending on the size of your household, on groceries it will be easier to rein in your spending at the checkout. Think about what the money you're saving can go to instead!
Meal Plan. How many times have we all gone grocery shopping and come to home to realize you still have nothing to eat? Planning out your meals for the week can be a great way to ensure that the items you're picking up at the store will actually add up to a balanced meal in the end!
What are your favorite tips for lowering your grocery costs?