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The Complete Guide To Grocery Shopping On A Budget In 2023

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Do you often find yourself swinging by the grocery store to pick up a couple of things and walking out $100+ poorer? Would you like to save money on groceries without coupons? This guide will help you save up to 50% each and every month on your grocery budget!

We’ve all heard about coupon “queens”, and most of us realize their methods won’t work for us. After all, who wants to spend hours clipping coupons and bouncing between 20 different stores just to “score” 10 boxes of fruit snacks?

I don’t know about you, but this mama doesn’t have time for that!

The good news is, you don’t have to give in to overspending on grocery shopping. Saving money on groceries doesn’t have to be a full-time job!

But first, let’s get something out of the way real quick…

How much should you spend on groceries?

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How much money should you spend on groceries?

This is a question I’m sure you’ve asked yourself more than once. How do you know if the amount you’re budgeting for food is reasonable? Are you over (or under) budgeting without even knowing it?

Here’s the short answer: According to financial expert Dave Ramsey, you should aim to spend between 10%-15% of your take-home pay on food. This figure includes groceries AND dining out.

Before you panic, just know that us ‘real’ people living in the ‘real’ world know that one can’t simply assign an arbitrary percentage to our food budget and call it good.

After all, the cost of food varies widely based on geographical location, size of the family, types of food eaten (e.g. organic, locally sourced), and income.

According to the USDA food plan, the average family of four,(2) 40-something adults and (2) teenagers, spends approximately $1,232 dollars per month on a moderate food plan. This amount does not include restaurant meals, junk food, or even enough coffee to make it through the day. {grin}

According to my trusty calculator, this would mean, in order to comply with Dave Ramsey‘s food budget percentage (on the low end), the average family of four would need to clear over $12,000 per month in take-home pay.

Um…I don’t know about you, but I don’t know very many families who make that much money!

Grocery totals will, of course, vary depending on the number of adults, ages and number of children, as well as the cost of living in a given area.

The average cost of groceries for our family (2-adults, 2-teenage boys, living in the Midwest) runs about $1,100 a month.

The following table shows average food budgets based on the number of people in a given household.

# of people in familyMonthly Food BudgetWeekly Food Budget
1 person (male adult)$314.80$72.70
2 people (1 male, 1 female adults)$582.00$134.40
3 people (2 adults, 1 child)$825.90$190.70
4 people (2 adults, 2 children)$1,005.00$232.00
5 people (2 adults, 1 teen, 2 children)$1,429.00$330.00
6 people (2 adults, 2 teens, 2 children)$1,750.40$403.60
Cost of food for families 2021 Moderate Food Plan

Best ways to save money on groceries without coupons

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These money-saving tips are super easy and painless ways to cut your grocery spending

1. Shop with a list

This is by far the most important thing you can do in order to save money on groceries without coupons. If you don’t go to the store with a plan, you will overspend. Period.

Did you know that 88.6% of Americans have given in to an impulse buy at least once? Why? Because the majority of people go shopping without a plan.

I’m not saying you have to have a detailed menu planned for the week. But at the very least jot down some loose meal ideas along with the ingredients needed to make those meals.

Check your refrigerator and pantry before heading to the store. Make a list of items you are out of or will run out of before your next shopping trip. Add these items to your list.

Tip: I usually use a master list of meals that I can choose from once I get to the store and see what’s on sale. This helps me stay on track and avoid impulse shopping (for the most part).

2. Plan your meals

But, what if you can’t come up with any meal ideas to add to your list?

This is where using a meal planning service comes into play!

3. Use Money Savings Apps

Back in the day, AKA my coupon-shopping days, my thought process would go like this, “Oh look, I have a coupon! I should buy this gallon size jug of mayonnaise.” Nevermind the fact that our family hardly used mayonnaise!

This applies to coupon apps as well. Wait until after you’ve made your list to see what’s available in the app. That way you don’t feel pressured to get something simply because it’s on sale.

My absolute favorite money-saving app is Ibotta.

Ibotta is a crazy-simple app that actually saves you money on real food! Foods like milk, cheese, fresh fruits and veggies, bread, and meat.

All you have to do is download the free Ibotta app on your mobile device, add your favorite offers to your account, scan your receipt, and BOOM! FREE money back on stuff you would have purchased anyway!

UPDATE: Ibotta now works with Walmart grocery pickup!

A couple of other good money-saving apps are:

4. Shop online and use grocery pickup

As I already mentioned, I have discovered I tend to stay within my budget and avoid impulse shopping when I order groceries online and pick them up. I have had good luck with Walmart Grocery Pickup.

Unfortunately, grocery delivery is not available in my small town. {Cue the violin} or I’d probably use that too.

This is why I use Amazon Prime. With Amazon Prime, I get free two-day shipping on all things Amazon plus I get (free) access to Prime Pantry, which allows me to automate shipment of non-perishable items which I know my family uses on a regular basis. Things like toilet paper, cleaning products, pet food, and paper products.

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5. Set a reasonable food budget

You’re not going to do yourself a bit of good if you try to cut your food budget too much too soon.

If you normally spend $300 per week on food and vow to cut it down to $50 per week by the end of the month…you will crash and burn.

Instead, add up all of your grocery receipts from the previous month to determine how much you really spend on food {the number will shock you}. Then, pick your jaw back up off the floor and come up with a few {reasonable} things you can cut back on.

Once you’ve mastered those, add on a few more. Continue this process until your grocery budget is where you want it to be.

6. Don’t shop hungry

Or, ‘hangry’ as I like to call it. I don’t care how much willpower you think you have if you try to grocery shop while hungry-candy bars, boxes of sugary cereal, and random bags of chips will magically fly into your cart all by themselves.

Ask me how I know.

7. Pay with cash

I have a cash-back credit card which earns me 2% back on my grocery store purchases but I don’t use it. Why? Because every single time I used to use it I would always…without fail… blow my grocery budget.

Instead, I use the cash envelope system to budget for groceries. On payday, I take out enough money for groceries for the month (we get paid monthly) and divide it into (4) envelopes to be used weekly.

Once the money in the envelope is gone, I have to get creative in order to stretch whatever food we have on hand until the next payday.

8. Simplify your meals

Not all meals need to be a gourmet experience complete with appetizers and dessert! It’s okay to have sandwiches, frozen pizza, or even cereal for dinner sometimes, I promise!

Check out these super cheap and easy air fryer recipes!

9. Shop the markdown/damaged section

Most stores have a ‘bent and dent’ section (separate from the clearance section) where foods with booboos go to die a slow death.

You can save quite a bit if you check out these sections at the beginning of your shopping trip. While you’re at it, be sure to stop by the day-old bakery section.

10. Sign up for store loyalty programs

Let’s face it, repeat shoppers are the lifeblood of grocery stores and they know it. This is why they are willing to offer certain money-saving ‘perks’.

But, you have to take the extra two minutes to sign up for them in order to actually save any money.

If you aren’t signed up for your favorite grocery store’s loyalty program, you’re leaving money on the table

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11. Leave the kids at home

It’s no secret that the more people you bring with you when you go grocery shopping, the more you will spend.

If at all possible, leave the kids at home {especially the big kids}. I’m looking at you, hubby!

Ways to cut your grocery bill in half without coupons

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These money-saving tips may cause you a bit more discomfort at first, but they are so worth it in the long run!

12. Stop wasting food

Food waste is a HUGE issue in the United States.

According to the FDA:

In the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30–40 percent of the food supply. Wasted food is the single largest category of material placed in municipal landfills and represents nourishment that could have helped feed families in need. 

Tips to avoid food waste:

You can cut back on food waste by storing food properly in order to avoid spoilage. Avoid storing dairy products (with the exception of butter) in the refrigerator door where the temperature fluctuates.

Also, don’t store potatoes and onions together since the gasses created by the onions can cause the potatoes to spoil faster.

If, however, some food still starts to go bad, you can do your best to repurpose it rather than trashing it. For example:

  • soggy/wilted veggies can be used in soups, stews, and broths
  • soft/bruised fruits can be used in smoothies, muffins, and bread
  • stale bread can be turned into croutons or breadcrumbs

Another way to avoid waste is to pay attention to the ‘sell by’, ‘use by’, and ‘best by’ dates on products while you are in the store. If you don’t think you or your family will be able to consume an item by the recommended date, don’t buy it.

13. Stock your freezer with freezer meals

When freezer cooking (aka batch cooking) became a ‘thang’ people would spend an entire day each week slicing, dicing, and cooking up a storm in order to make as many meals as possible for the upcoming week.

They’d spend hours scouring the internet for recipe ideas and freezer tips and even more hours designing a grocery list around the ingredients. All of this before they could even begin prepping/cooking for the week.

Perhaps that’s why I was never a fan of freezer cooking. I mean, really…who has that kind of time? Still, I couldn’t stop dreaming of a freezer full of pre-made meals (that weren’t Stoffers or Hungry Man)!

The MyFreezEasy plan allows you to customize which freezer meal plans you want (including keto meal plans, slow cooker meal plans, and more) and then provides you with complete shopping lists of ingredients needed to make the recipes. There’s even a video library where Erin demonstrates actually prep/cooking sessions for us visual learners.

14. Buy generic

I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that all generic products are the same as name-brand items in terms of quality and taste.

For example, I absolutely will not buy generic canned fruit and vegetables. I’ve been burned too many times by crappy-tasting generic canned goods. I’ve even found sticks, dirt, and rotten pieces of food inside of my generic canned green beans and fruit cocktail.

That said, there are quality, generic substitutes for a lot of name-brand foods. You just gotta do your research and find them.

Here are a few more ways to save money in the kitchen you may not have thought of.

15. Shop on restocking days

Grocery stores operate on a schedule. Most grocery stores re-stock merchandise twice per week. While independent vendors will come into the store to stock their goods throughout the week, there are two days per week when the store will receive a large shipment of items to stock.

Find out what days your store’s truck comes in and shop on one of those days.

Why? Because, the night before or the morning of a shipment, the store must make way for new items. This means they will mark down multiple items in order to open up shelf space. Usually, they will place the marked-down items in the same location of the store each week.

Also, you are more likely to get your hands on items published in the store’s sales circular on restocking days than if you wait until later in the sales cycle.

16. Price match

The larger chains of grocery stores will almost always match the prices of their competitors. The only thing you need to do is show the cashier or customer service clerk the other store’s ad.

If you don’t have the paper ad with you, they will almost always accept a digital version.

17. Pay attention to ‘sell by’ dates on meat

For the majority of people (except vegetarians), meat is the costliest item in our grocery budget. To make matters worse, coupons aren’t readily available for unprocessed meat. However, it is still possible to find good deals on meat at your grocery store

Don’t be afraid to purchase meat that has been marked down.

Always check the sell-by dates when you are grocery shopping.

I’ve been known to hold off on buying meat when I see a bunch with the same sell-by date. I will come back on that date and stock up. When the meat is not sold by the sell-by date, the store will mark it down. In fact, they usually mark it down a lot because they want to sell it that very day (since they are not legally allowed to sell it past its sell-by date).

Also, I never buy meat on the weekends. Most of the time, the grocery store will put out loads of meat on Friday (especially during the grilling season). Any meat remaining on Monday morning is marked down. You don’t have to actually cook the meat by the sell-by date. If you freeze it, it will be perfectly safe to eat as long as you thaw it and cook it within the recommended time frame.

TIP: If you get one of these handy gadgets, your meat will last 3 times longer in the freezer!

18. Don’t purchase household goods at the grocery store

If you normally grocery shop at an actual grocery store (not a big-box store), refrain from buying household items like paper towels, lightbulbs, batteries, etc.

Grocery stores mark up these items too much to justify the convenience.

19. Cut back on portion sizes

This goes without saying, but, I’ll say it anyway. If we’d all {myself included} just cut back on our serving sizes, we’d consume less food which means we’d have to cook less food which means we’d save more money on groceries.

For example, a whole chicken breast is actually 2 servings of meat.

There, I said it. Moving on…

20. Stock up on holiday foods the day after

Ham is always cheapest the day after Easter. Turkey is drastically marked down right after Thanksgiving. Candy is reduced following Halloween and Valentine’s Day.

21. Shop the perimeter of the store

The healthiest foods are always located around the perimeter of the store. Fresh fruits and vegetables, bakery bread, meat, and dairy products form the foundation of a healthy diet…

So why is it we always end up in the cereal aisle staring, like a deer caught in headlights, at a box with a picture of a cartoon tiger?

22. Buy frozen instead of fresh

If you find yourself desperately craving blueberries in the middle of winter, it’s always cheaper to buy frozen over fresh.

Also, frozen produce doesn’t spoil as quickly as fresh. And, studies have shown that little if any nutritional value is lost when freezing produce.

23. Beware of marketing tricks

Don’t kid yourself. Grocery stores aren’t designed to get you in and out as quickly as possible with your wallet intact.

Nope, everything from where items are located to the music played over the speakers is designed with one thing in mind. To distract you enough that you spend money without even realizing you are doing it.

Remember the first time you found out carnival games were rigged? I hate to break it to you but, so is your favorite grocery store.

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Tricks grocery stores use to get you to part with your money:

  • Product placement-items placed at eye level are more expensive than those higher or lower on the shelves. Endcaps are strategically placed to trip up those of us who shop the perimeter of the store in order to avoid processed foods.
  • Smell-it’s no coincidence that the bakery (and all of the tantalizing scents that come with it) is usually located either close to the front door or right before the cash registers.
  • Music-is usually happy and upbeat to get you in a positive mood.
  • Free samples-the phrase “Nothing in life is free” probably originated in a grocery store. Ever notice how those free samples often come with a coupon?
  • Shopping carts-why, exactly are they so big?
  • Milk and bread-the top items most people need to run to the grocery store for are located at the BACK of the store.
  • Sales prices-‘markdowns’ always end in a 7 or a 9. This is because if a price comes in under another dollar, people believe they are actually saving more money.

24. Use a calculator

If you find yourself frequently blowing your grocery budget, bring a calculator, and keep track of your total as you shop.

There’s no need to add exact amounts, in fact, it’s better if you round up. That way, you’re pleasantly surprised at the checkout counter.

You can also just make tally marks on your list for each dollar you add to your cart. This method helps if you’re like me and always manage to accidentally zero out the calculator halfway through your shopping trip.

25. Shop the sales

Sales cycles, just like grocery stores operate on a schedule. Check out this post from Your Own Home Store for a printable list of grocery store sales cycles broken down by month.

Also, pay attention to sales papers. Most stores list their ‘loss leader’ items, AKA, the most heavily discounted foods on the front page to entice you into the store.

26. Buy fruits and vegetables in season

Unless you live in a tropical climate where fruits and vegetables are grown year-round (and if you do, I envy you), you will pay more if you decide to buy a watermelon in the middle of December.

If you are trying to save money on groceries, purchase your fruit and vegetables when they are the cheapest. Here’s a handy seasonal produce guide.

27. Shop weekly (or biweekly)

Because my husband gets paid once per month, I used to think I should grocery shop once per month as well. What I discovered, however, is that by shopping once per month, I was overspending on groceries.

I would head to the big box membership store, stock up on everything I thought my family might need for the month, and head out after forking over all of my cash.

The problem with this method was that I would almost always under or over-buy for the month. Which, in turn, meant weekly stops to our local grocery store to purchase items we ran out of (more money), or not having the cash available to fund other expenses because I had already spent it on stuff we didn’t need.

For this reason, to save money on groceries, I recommend shopping weekly or biweekly. When you run out of an item midweek and you know you will be grocery shopping again soon, you will be able to make-do until your scheduled shopping trip. This will keep you from making unnecessary (and costly) extra trips to the grocery store.

By going to the grocery store once per week or once every two weeks, you will be able to track and shop the sales, which will save you money.

28. Aim for a mix of fresh, canned, and frozen foods

I usually grocery shop 2-3 times per month. I purchase a mixture of fresh, frozen, and canned items.

My family then consumes the items in the same order. Fresh first, then frozen, then canned.

This allows us to eat a variety of healthy foods without having to stop by the grocery store every few days. This leads me to the next tip…

29. Don’t make mid-week trips to the grocery store

If you feel as though your grocery budget is out of control, calculate how much money you spend on quick trips to the store.

I guarantee you, if you eliminate mid-week shopping trips, you’ll save a ton of money on groceries without coupons!

Instead of running to the store every time you run out of something, challenge yourself to find a substitute or do without.

30. Keep an eye on the cash register and check your receipt

The cashier is only human and the register was made by humans. It quite literally pays to pay attention to the total as your groceries are being rung up.

If you tend to get distracted while at the register (like I do), get into the habit of checking the receipt before you get into your car.

Frugal ways to save money on groceries without coupons

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When you’re ready to move on to more extreme measures to slash your food bill

31. Incorporate more meatless meals into your meal plan

I’m not gonna lie, I love meat. A juicy, medium-done filet mignon is my idea of heaven on earth.

But, if you really want to save money on groceries without coupons, ya may want to become a vegetarian–at least for one night a week, anyways.

However, an occasional meal of veggies, grains, and fruit never killed anyone. At least, I don’t think it has.

32. Use less meat than a recipe calls for

If you can’t bring yourself to cook a meal without meat, maybe you can cut back on the meat a recipe calls for. For example, instead of using a full pound of meat in your next batch of chili, try reducing it to 3/4 of a pound or even 1/2 of a pound.

This is one of my favorite frugal living hacks.

33. Add fillers to stretch meat

You can also use fillers to make your meat go a little further in a dish. Adding bulky foods such as oats, lentils, beans, and breadcrumbs will help the meat you need to buy go a little further.

34. Stop buying convenience items

Pre-shredded cheese, individually pre-packaged snack foods and crackers, pre-made salads, pre-cut fruit and veggies, pre-assembled food kits…pretty much anything with the word ‘pre’ in it will cost you nearly twice as much as buying it in its original form.

Bonus tip: pre-bagged produce often doesn’t weigh what it’s supposed to. Check the weight of a few bags and choose the heaviest one.

35. Shop your pantry first

I like to play a fun game and challenge myself to stay away from the grocery store as long as humanly possible.

After all, if I don’t go to the store, I won’t spend any money!

So, to delay my grocery spending, I make as many meals out of whatever we have lying around. You know, those foods you buy with good intentions which always seem to end up shoved to the back of the pantry and freezer?

Yep, I pull them all together and come up with as many dinners as I can in order to use them up before I go to the store for items my family *really* wants to eat.

Usually, on the nights I concoct these meals, I refrain from telling my family what we are having beforehand!

36. Shop multiple stores

If you have time but don’t drive yourself crazy and waste time/gas just to save fifty cents.

That said, you may want to include your local drugstore (like Walgreens or CVS) in your next grocery shopping trip, Their prices on milk and eggs will often beat even Walmart and Aldi’s prices.

FYI: Did you know the Dollar Tree sells frozen food? #mindblown

37. Grow your own

If you have the time and talent, why not try to grow your own produce in order to save some money on groceries?

Notice, I said if you have talent. I can’t even grow a cactus plant. I…er…overwatered it. True story.

You don’t need a huge garden plot to grow fruits and veggies. You’d be surprised what you can grow in pots on a patio. If you’re really tight on space you can grow a salad tower in stackable pots like these.

FYI: herbs and salad ingredients are the easiest to grow. Strawberries also grow well in planters.

Also, cucumbers, zucchini, and squash grow like wild if you have space.

38. Cook from scratch

I’m not saying you have to channel your inner Martha Stewart if you want to save money on groceries.

Nor am I here to guilt you into cooking from scratch. In fact, there are times when cooking from scratch can actually cost you more money.

What I am saying is that, if you already have the items for a scratch recipe on hand, rather than going to the store to buy a pre-made/processed version, why not try and whip it up yourself?

You can easily make loads of desserts from scratch and doing so often not only saves you money but often turns out tasting better than their store-bought counterparts.

39. Skip the junk food

I would estimate that most of us (especially those of us with teenagers) spend WAY too much on junk food.

Again, I am not the food police, however, maybe…just maybe, we could afford to cut back on the amount of junk food we buy.

For the sake of our food budgets and our waistlines.

40. Base your meals around cheap staple foods

Yes, cheap and healthy foods do exist. Even better, oftentimes they are one and the same!

The best frugal and healthy foods are:

  • oats
  • beans
  • whole chicken
  • ground turkey
  • brown rice
  • tuna fish
  • potatoes

Cost-wise, you can’t go wrong if you base your meals around any of these foods!

Heck, even ramen noodles can be a healthy meal if you know how to cook them!

41. Cut out bottled beverages

I’m gonna keep this short and sweet (but not quite as sweet as a bubbly can of Coke)…

If it comes in a bottle or can and is comprised solely of liquid & sugar, it’s a waste of money.

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Don’t even get me started on the money-suck that is bottled water!

42. Create a price book (or use an app)

Would you like your own personal price guide so you can be sure you are getting your groceries at the lowest possible prices? If you are unsure of the sales cycles in your area, you can determine them on your own by creating a price book.

There are two ways to create a price book. The first method is to use an app such as ValueTracker (on ios) or Sharky Shopping App (for Android). These apps are quite handy and will do most of the work for you.

The second option is to create your own price book. First, grab a spiral notebook. Using one page per item you would like to track, make a column for each of the following categories: product, store, brand, size/price, and unit price.

I recommend you start out by tracking the top ten items you most frequently purchase. Any more, and you’re likely to become frustrated. As you shop for the item, or once you get home with the receipt, fill out the information in your price book.

How to use a price tracker:

You purchase a 40 oz. jar of Skippy peanut butter for $4.80 at Publix Supermarket. In the first column of your price book, you will write “peanut butter”.

In the second column, you will note the store you bought it at (eg. Publix). The third row will contain the brand name, which is Skippy.  In the fourth row, you will write down the size of the item (40 oz.) as well as the price you paid ($4.80).

The final column will require math to complete but don’t worry, it’s easy and most of the time the store does it for you.

You will need to calculate the price per unit of peanut butter. Usually, the store will have a sticker on the front of the shelf with this information.

If they don’t, or if you are filling out your price book at home with only a receipt to go by, you will need to do the math.

Once you have gathered data in your price book over a period of 1-2 months, you will start to see a pattern.

You may discover you paid more the second week you purchased peanut butter and much less 4 weeks later.

Congratulations! You have discovered the sales cycle for peanut butter. Try to purchase enough peanut butter in week six to last you for the next six weeks. Then, you will always be paying the lowest price possible for peanut butter.

43. When you come across a good deal; stock up

One of the best ways to save money on groceries is to stock up when you find a really good sale. If you are using a price book (or app), you will learn to anticipate these sales.

Regularly set aside money in your grocery budget to be used for deals. Pretty soon, you will be on your way to a well-stocked pantry.

44. Pay attention to unit pricing

To calculate a product’s price per unit, you simply divide the cost of the item by the number of units. In our example, the price per unit of a 40 oz. jar of peanut butter purchased for $4.80 comes to $0.12 per ounce. Because 4.80 divided by 40, equals .12.

Contrary to popular belief, bigger is not always better…or cheaper.

45. Buy in bulk

For some things, it makes sense to buy in bulk.

If the Great Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020 taught us anything, it’s that one can never have too much toilet paper!

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However, it doesn’t make sense to buy in bulk if you or your family cannot reasonably consume an item before it goes bad. Remember the gallon-size jug of mayo?

46. Cook once, eat twice (or more)

This is one of my favorite ways to cut back on trips to the grocery store. I frequently purchase twice the number of ingredients required to make a meal so that I can double the recipe.

This doesn’t mean my family is forced to eat the same thing for dinner ten nights in a row.

Nope, I freeze the second meal and we eat it later in the month.

Time saved. Money saved. *mic drop*

47. Learn to love leftovers

“You’ll eat your leftovers and you’ll like it!” I don’t know where that phrase came from, but, frankly, I don’t like being told what to do.

I’m tempted to respond with, “But…I don’t waannnna!”

Personally, I love leftovers. I love anything that gets me out of having to cook. My husband and kids…not so much.

So, I look for creative ways to reimagine (er…disguise) leftovers so they don’t realize they are eating them.

For example, leftover taco meat becomes burritos. Leftover steak gets thrown in a stirfry. And leftover chicken magically transforms into tomorrow’s pasta dish.

If worse comes to worst, my husband takes the previous night’s dinner to work with him the next day.

48. Shop for versatile foods that aren’t recipe-specific

Sometimes, meal planning can actually cost you more at the grocery store.

For example, if your meal plan for the week includes seven different dishes each requiring different ingredients, you’ll spend far more than if your meal plan consists of three chicken meals, three meals made with beef, and one leftover meal.

Try to aim for recipes that include the same ingredients but in different combinations for the most savings.

49. Cut back on dairy products

Dairy products are usually the second-most-expensive category (next to meat) in our grocery budgets.

There are few hacks to save money on dairy products other than, buying block instead of pre-shredded cheese, purchasing whole milk and watering it down, and cutting back on recipes that require dairy.

I’m not going to tell you to walk away from that pint of Chunky Monkey, but, if you’re looking for a quick ‘win’ with your grocery bill, you may want to break up with dairy for awhile.

50. Skip the deli

Unfortunately, we pay a premium to have our meats and cheeses cut for us.

It’s often far cheaper to purchase and prepare a large cut of meat and slice it ourselves than it is to have the deli do it for us.

PS. You can purchase a meat slicer super cheap!

That said, if you have no desire to become your own butcher, you can usually save some money by choosing meat not sliced in the deli. You know, the pre-sliced package of lunchmeat usually located by the hot dogs?

Or, if you’re love for deli meat runs too deep to quit, you still can save a little by shopping the sales and having your meat shredded so it will stretch a bit further.


Here are the quickest ways to save money at the grocery store:

  • Shop with a grocery list
  • Plan your meals
  • Make more freezer meals
  • Avoid splurge items
  • Compare name-brand items to generic
  • Reduce your shopping trips
  • Stop wasting food
  • Shop the sales
  • Use money-saving apps
  • Don’t shop hungry

I sincerely hope these tips to save money on groceries without coupons help you save boatloads of cash on your next shopping trip!

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