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What are some of the best money saving grocery shopping tips you have?


Asked by momof2redhedz at 4:17 AM on Nov. 7, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • Cold cereals are a huge drain on the grocery budget if you're not careful. I don't like to pay more than $1.50 a box; actually I don't like to buy them at all. We prefer oatmeal (not the instant packets, either), homemade pancakes (not from Bisquick mix), homemade granola, homemade yogurt made into smoothies, and eggs for our breakfasts.

    Cooking from scratch can save you $$ if you make your own spaghetti sauce, taco sauce, salsa, sloppy joe sauce, pizza sauce, salad dressings, taco seasoning mix, etc. I even go so far as to make my own breads, buns, rolls, pasta, tortillas, bagels, and English muffins.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 11:37 AM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • Plan meals first around what you already have on hand, make a list for what you need, and stick to that list (it helps if you eat before you go and do not take kids or husband). Include vegetarian meals and inexpensive casseroles, soups/stews, or skillet meals. Try to use foods that are on sale. For those sale items, search high and low for coupons and use the coupons with the sales. Buy store brand if it's cheaper. Never buy meat that isn't on sale. Check the clearance areas for markdowns on meat, produce, deli foods, dented cans or bent boxes, etc. Fresh is best, but frozen is almost as good and is cheaper. Buy produce that is in season. Know nutritional values of produce so you can get the best bang for your buck. example: broccoli has more vitamin C than oranges, has a good amount of Vitamin A, and is also a source of folic acid, calcium, and iron. It is also very versatile.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 11:31 AM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • Prepare a menu & only buy what is needed. Cook from scratch in large batches. Freeze extras for quick meals. Plan your menu so you can roll leftovers into the next meal. Use coupons. Avoid buying processed foods. Grow your own produce.

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 12:04 PM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • Plan menus around what you have in the cupboard right now. Use a lot of pasta meals and rice. Use a little meat and lots of vegetables. Compare price of fresh versus frozen food. Frozen oj is cheaper than carton.

    Answer by SweetLuci at 11:36 AM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • Coupons, sales and keep to a list.

    Answer by mommieGem at 2:20 AM on Nov. 8, 2010

  • Make a list and stick to it. Take advantage of sales and use coupons. Pay attention to how much you are paying per pound, ounce or unit. Buy generic when you can, but buy brand name paper products. You'll use more if you buy generic.

    Answer by HotMama330 at 1:16 PM on Nov. 8, 2010