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10 Tips to Help Save Time and Money on Your Grocery Bill
Mar 06, 2017Posted by: Elyse Bokuniewicz
Create a Budget: Make your grocery budget realistic! That will make it easier to stick to. And don’t get into the habit of letting yourself make exceptions that go over budget “this one time.” Planning ahead is way better for your budget than trying to add up every item while at the store, which leads us to our next tip...
Plan Ahead: Going into the grocery store without a list almost always leads to forgotten items and impulse buys. The more often you go to the store, the more money you’re likely to spend. Cut down on grocery trips by having your list ready and available.
Make Substitutions: A simple swap of ingredients in a recipe can really help lower the cost of groceries. Consider using frozen produce over fresh, or opt for generic over brand name products.
Shop the Perimeter: Most stores have their produce, meat, and dairy along the walls of the store. Not only does this help you buy fresher ingredients, it’s often healthier!
Shop at Different Stores: This doesn’t necessarily mean going to multiple stores every time you shop, but take a few moments to check the ads for your local stores to see which one has the best deals on what you’re buying that week.
Be Smart with Coupons: Coupons are a go-to for saving money on groceries, but sometimes the thought of getting a good deal leads to buying unnecessary items. Stick to your list, and don’t buy something just because there is a coupon for it.
Check the Pantry: Don’t forget to check what you already have at home. This can help you plan meals around those ingredients so there’s less which helps you save money and time spent at the grocery store. Make sure to use up any produce in the fridge as well so it doesn’t go to waste.
Evaluate Your Shopping: Check your receipts to see where you’re spending the most money. Look for unnecessary items or items that may have a cheaper (or healthier) alternative.
Avoid Impulse Items: Impulse items add additional cost to your budget and are often less healthy than the items you would have added to your grocery list.
Stick to Your List: You have the power! Having your list will save you money if you stick to it. This is one of the areas where GeniCan really helps you save time and money. Scanning or using voice recognition as you dispose of an item in the trash or recycling bin adds it to your list automatically, so you don’t have to remember to write it down, and with the GeniCan app, your list is always with you!