Save Money on Food

Tips to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Grocery shopping doesn't have to leave you broke. Learn how to save money on food, so you can walk out of the grocery store with cash to spare.

Shop at More Stores

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Buying everything at one store may be a time saver, but it's certainly not a money saver. Drop the big-box habit, and you'll save big:

Stockpile

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See a good deal on something that you buy regularly? Buy several, and store them. It's a simple way to avoid paying full price:

Eat Seasonally

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Foods are at their best price-wise and taste-wise when they're bought in season. Familiarize yourself with the growing seasons for your area. Then, load up on those fresh-from-the-farm deals. Remember: Most fruits and vegetables freeze well, so buy extra to stick in the freezer for later.

Shop Less Often

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Less trips to the store means less temptation to buy. Plan your meals a week or a month in advance, and get everything you need in one trip:

Rethink Your Grocery List

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We toss lots of things into our grocery carts without giving them a second thought. Big mistake. Go over your grocery list, and you're sure to find some budget fat that you can trim:

Coupon

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Food prices may be on the rise, but lots of couponers are stilling paying 1950s prices. You can too:

Use What You Buy

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When you toss out food, you're really tossing out money. Try to buy just what you need. Then, work to use it up quickly:

Pack Your Lunch

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Planning to fork over $6 for lunch tomorrow? Buy a lunch box instead, and make packing lunch your new habit.

Make Your Own Junk Food

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Dial down the cost of your junk food habit by making your favorite sweet or salty treats at home. Since it requires more effort from you, you'll probably consume less too. Bonus!

Forage

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People were eating long before grocery stores entered the scene. Explore the wonderful world of foraging, and add more free food to your diet:

Can

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Canning is an old-school skill that still has relevance today. Learn how to make your own jams, jellies, salsas, canned fruits and veggies. Then, scratch a bunch of items off of your grocery list:

Keep Your Carnivorous Side in Check

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Meat may be expensive, but it doesn't have to be budget-blowing. Find ways to get your meat for less. Then, sneak a few more meatless meals into your menu:

Simplify Your Spice Rack

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Before you buy another spice or seasoning blend, see if it's something that you can make from spices that you already have on hand:

Buy Foods in Their Cheapest Form

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Dried beans are cheaper than canned. A head of lettuce is cheaper than bagged. Frozen fruit is (generally) cheaper than fresh. Learn to buy foods in their cheapest form, and the only thing that will suffer is your grocer's profits.

Make Your Own Bread

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Homemade bread is hard to beat. Stock up on flour and yeast, and leave that over-priced, spongy-stuff at the store (they call it bread, but I have my doubts):

  • Bread Machine Wheat Bread
  • Sourdough Bread Starter