5 Simple ways to save at the grocery store (without coupons)

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The battle of the grocery store is one I have been fighting ever since I became a wife and mother. No mater how hard I tried or how many coupons I clipped I was always over budget. Every week I would leave feeling defeated and aggravated. In a silly way I felt tricked by their advertisements.

 

I no longer search for coupons since my family and I have significantly cut back on our processed foods. Besides, I usually bought more when I cut coupons anyway. With couponing aside, I knew I had to get control of our grocery budget and start telling my money where to go instead of leaving it to chance every week. I’ve got better stuff to spend my money on:)

 

First and foremost I never go without a list. I do my very best to stick to it. I’ve also found it helpful to shop at the same place. When I go to new stores I am usually  intrigued and end up spending more. This is especially true when your kids are with you. I usually end up grabbing something I didn’t intend on getting. With my list I’m ready to conquer this monster.

 

Tip #1 Rice and beans or beans and rice

I am a huge fan of these kitchen staples. Not only are they slammed with health benefits but they are dirt cheap and easily bought in bulk. They fill hungry bellies very well and go a long way. There are a gazillion awesome recipes on the internet. One of our favorite simple meals is pinto beans slow cooked all day with homemade slaw and my whole wheat cornbread. On the next night I take the leftover pintos and stir them in with rice and spices to make a stir fry or filler for burritos. Another favorite at our house is a big roast with vegetables and potatoes. The next night I mix the leftover roast with rice for a stew. It’s all about getting creative and seeing how far you can stretch any meal. It’s quite fun when you start to get into it.

 

Tip #2 No  Juice

I finally bit the bullet and quit buying juice for the kids. One jug of apple juice ran me about 5$. I had to buy two a week. Not only do I have a money savings of 40$ a month but a slew of health benefits as well. First and foremost they aren’t driving me crazy asking for juice every ten seconds. If they are thirsty then they are all able to get themselves water out of the fridge. Secondly, it’s better for their teeth and health. My kids get enough sugar from cookies and popsicles. They don’t need it from their drinks as well.

 

Tip #3 Meatless Monday

We are in no way vegetarian but we have significantly cut back on our meat consumption. We have replaced a lot of our meat with tip #1 (the rice and beans.) This has saved us a tremendous amount of money. If your used to having your meat at every meal then maybe  you could start with a meatless Monday. For the first time this year we purchased a 1/4 of a cow from a farm and had it butchered and frozen. I love having the stockpile in my freezer. I highly recommend it and am hoping to do the same with pork and chicken. Maybe even our own animals one day soon:)

 

Tip  #4 Homemade

Try making your own snacks. Do your kids love cookies? Make you a big batch of oatmeal raisin at the beginning of the week. Trail mixes or granola can be eaten any time of day. Eat it dry, on top of yogurt, or with milk for cereal. Peanut butter and apples or veggies and ranch are also simple cheap snacks. Try to stay away from anything in a box even if it’s on sale. Take granola bars for example. There are probably six – eight in the box. Instead, you could make a fresh batch that would be double or triple in amount. Your granola bars would taste better and be better for you, no comparison.

 

Tip #5 Stock up

You better bet when I see noodles, rice, coffee, or beans on sale I stock  up. Those weeks at the grocery store may be slightly higher but the next week will be lower than usual. You have to educate yourself on a true deal. I fallen victim to this myself by looking at the pretty advertisements instead of doing my math.

 

I am always learning and tweaking any grocery store strategies. Does any one have any ideas?

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16 Responses to 5 Simple ways to save at the grocery store (without coupons)

  • Crystal says:

    New follower! Love these tips, i’m feeding 6 of us on a tight budget! Thank you!

  • Mia says:

    Dear Brittaney
    I have found that you can mis your minded meat with half soya bean mince and it taste delicious and it goes much further this way. We also have a meatless meal once a weak of macaroni-and-cheese!
    Much love XX
    Mia

  • Mia says:

    Sorry Brittaney
    I meant mix your minced meat
    Mia

  • Sherry says:

    These are all good hints for saving money–we are a fan of beans around here, too!

  • Renee says:

    GREAT post!! Very helpful thoughts to me during this time of journeying to organic 😉 Thanks for linking up at Thrilling Thursday!

  • Kasey says:

    These tips, honestly, are super timely for me. Our current financial situation has us on a very tight budget and feeding our family of 9 has become a bit of an art. I am taking notes from you..thank you so much for linking this up with me last week!

  • Donna says:

    Tips to saving money at the grocery store: I am trying to buy less packaged food, too. It is hard to resist at times, though. I am also using the farmer’s market and trying to buy fresh vegetables and fruits whenever possible. I freeze foods that are freezable if I make too much for us to consume within a day or two. I also try to make simple meals that will stretch more than one meal. We like leftovers!

  • Elise says:

    I def. agree with everything! I may only five to feed, but rice and beans, stocking up on coffee or cereal on a BOGO sale and we are going to start a fall veggie garden are how we’ve gotten by! Vegetables and especially fruits( we’ve bought a blueberry and raspberry bush which will hopefully fruit next spring) are expensive. I found w/ the babies(who have horrid acid reflux) half water and juice stretch it further, yes there is always water and milk. My first born hated milk as a toddler so I wou;dn’t let her have another drink until she drank her milk. I’m so glad your talking about these things soo many of us think and stress about daily!

  • Stacy says:

    I have just found your blog today from a blog link up somewhere 🙂 I have really enjoyed reading, and live just like you.


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