Some great tips courtesy of CTI’s Financial Literacy department about how to save money when you shop for groceries:
Grocery Shopping on a Shoe-String
· Create a menu for the week and only buy the ingredients you need.
· Take inventory of your cupboard so you won’t buy something you do not need.
· Gather coupons online, in newspapers and store flyers and/or try a coupon swap with neighbors, friends, etc.
· Ask if store coupon can be combined with manufacturer’s coupon and/or if it can be doubled.
· Map out meals & create list of ingredients.
· Double up if you have the space- buying a large package of toilet. paper can be cheaper per roll than buying one roll.
· Try to avoid using your credit card. If you don’t have the cash…don’t buy it.
· Bringing a calculator to add all items as you are getting will help with staying on your budget.
· Look for store-brand items.
· Visit your store early in the day for the best items that have been marked down as “day-old” bakery, meats, and produce. Save big money, especially on meat. You can stock up & freeze these items, splitting up packages that can provide 2-4 or more meals worth.
· Check-out the clearance racks or consider buying items closer to expiration date which can sometimes be cheaper…and freeze them.
· Cover & seal your items securely to ensure they last longer.
· Double your recipes & freeze the leftovers for another day.
· Sometimes a full chicken breast with skin-on is cheaper than buying them skinned, boned and cut. It can be a tiny bit time-consuming but cutting, skinning and de-boning your chicken is easy and can save your wallet!