Beyond coupons, there are many ways to save on groceries. Kitty Rosu, creator of CouponDivas.com, offered the following tips:
• Shop Once a Week: This is really important because, let's face it, each time we head into the grocery store, we are tempted to throw in a "few extras." If you're going to the grocery store every other day, these extras can really throw off your budget, no matter how good you are with the coupons and sale items.
• Plan Your Meals: Make a weekly menu of what you want to make each day. Try to plan meals around weekly sale items and what you may already have in your cupboards and freezer, and you're sure to cut your grocery bill.
• Make a List: Just as important for the college student as it is for a mom. Take time to write down the things you really need in order to eat for the week.
• Local Sales Ad Alerts: It's always a good idea to sign up for your local grocery store e-mail newsletter so you get alerts on the sales ad each week and special sales.
• Buy Items On Sale: Making your meal plans and snacks around items that are on sale is a great way to save money. Combine a sale item with a coupon and you're on a roll.
• Invest in a Freezer: Having an extra freezer comes in handy for stocking up when there's a great sale on meats, veggies or even milk. It's worth the investment.
• Buy in Bulk and Divide: There are many items that you can save money on by buying in bulk. All you have to do is divide the bulk purchase up into portions and freeze them for individual meals. An investment in a simple vacuum sealing machine for foods really comes in handy.
• Leftovers, Leftovers, Leftovers: Try cooking a larger meal and then making something with the leftovers. You could make a pork roast on Sunday, for example, shred up the leftovers and have great meat for enchiladas on Monday.