12 Ways to Save Big on Groceries and Shop on a BudgetIf you buy your groceries using a few proven strategies, you can save a lot of money.
I have gone to local farms and bought veggies, washed them as soon as I got home and put them in Tupperware in the fridge. They last much longer than from the grocery store.
When in season I buy berries, wash them, freeze on a cookie sheet then put in an ice cream bucket. That way you can grab a handful without them sticking together in a clump. I have even frozen grapes. Friends kids use to think those were great!
We have a grocery list on a clipboard to collect the list of what we are out of ready for next trip to the grocery store.
I go through the flyers and write down what is on sale that we use but limit travel to stores that are "on the way" to places we usually go to save on time and gas. When I get to the store I check if any unadvertised items are cheaper.
We do not get many coupons in the mail or newspaper but I do save the ones for stuff we use without turning into an extreme couponer.
The article brings up price matching. Tried that before. Embarrassed the person with me but I won!
In Canada the Retail Council has the Scanner Price Accuracy Code. So if you watch the clerk ring in your order and pricing is not right plus shopping at a member's store you could get the item for free or with $10 off. I got a small camping table for a dollar once because of this.
I stock pile non perishables when on sale without going crazy due to space restrictions. It has come in handy when there is a snow storm, been too sick to go out or like now when some stuff is scarce due to the pandemic.
The only bottled water I have is for when "the big one" comes. We are in an earthquake zone and it is recommended you have bottled water ready.