The Quickest Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store

You want to save money at the grocery store. Groceries are one of the easiest ways to drain the budget you made.

And you end up spending way more in the category than you wanted. (Don’t worry, I’ve done this too. More times in the past than I care to admit).

But sometimes it is not enough to save on groceries. Sometimes you need to know the quickest ways to save money at the grocery store.

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Quickest Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store

1. Don’t Shop Hungry

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I know it’s a cliche. But it’s so true.

Shopping hungry makes literally all the food sound good, even food you don’t like or can’t eat. (Especially what you can’t eat. I have Celiac Disease and yet all the food with wheat looks especially appealing). Impulse control is really hard when shopping hungry.

Seriously, one of the easiest ways to save money at the grocery store is not shopping hungry because then unwanted items will not find their way into your cart. It’s as simple as that.

2. Check the Meat, Bakery, Dairy, and Produce Clearance Sections

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The meat, bakery, dairy and produce sections can be quite expensive. To reduce these costs, be sure to check out the various clearance sections for great savings. Depending on the store the labels will differ, but usually, they are the products with the manager’s special sticker on it.

In my opinion, the best way to buy cookies or bread is to buy it on clearance.

3. Don’t Bring Your Kids

Kids have the habit of putting everything junk food into your cart causing you to put it back on the shelf over and over again. And then there are the times that you don’t manage to catch it in and so you end up buying it, only to bring it home and wonder how it got in your cart in the first place. Which made you spend more money than you originally intended too.

So because of this, if you can leave your kids at home, then do. But sometimes this isn’t possible and with you to the store they must go. Which brings me to point #4.

4. If You Have to Bring Your Kids…

Make sure they are fed before you go. Or at the very least, keep snacks in the car and give them one before you go into the store. They will be less likely to get into everything, especially at the checkstand.

5. Don’t Shop Rushed

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This might be a weird way to save money, but bear with me. When you are pressed for time, you will pick the first item that you see instead of looking at all of the choices for whatever you are getting. The first one you pick might not be the best deal. So, it is best to have time to be able to figure out which one is the best deal, so you save more or any money.

6. Make a Shopping List and Stick to It

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No, making a list in your head and mentally checking it off doesn’t count. (Although that is impressive). But that way is too easy to either forget items or be able to justify getting items because “Oh see, they were on my list all along”.

Yes, I admit I have done this a time or two. And no, it really doesn’t work. When I actually write out a list I don’t buy items, not on the list.

Make an actual list whether old school with pen and paper or a notepad app in your phone. And then most crucial of all, don’t deviate from the list which is easier when it is actually written down.

7. Use the Store’s Flier

A lot of grocery stores have some kind of flier that lists all of their deals for the week. Buying items that are on sale form this list is a great way to save money.

But this only works if you were actually planning on buying the item before or if you will actually use it. Otherwise, it will just waste money.

Final Thoughts

There are many ways to save money at the grocery store. But sometimes that takes planning and effort. When you are short on time or if you want to save money quickly, utilize these tips. Saving money on groceries is right within your grasp.

Have you tried any of these ways? Which ones have you tried? Or which ones will you try? Do you have other quick ways to save money in the grocery store that you can share?

4 thoughts on “The Quickest Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store”

  1. This is a very useful post on saving money on your grocery shopping. I completely agree with all the points you’ve made. I personally end up buying more than required if I ever go shopping on empty stomach lol. Plus checking the reduced section is great and saves you tons of money. For example if you find reduced veg, you can always cut it and freeze it on the day. If you happen to come across any fresh herbs, you can cut them, crush them (if required) and freeze them in ice cube trays using little bit of olive oil. Or if you get any chicken/mean, you can freeze them in portion sizes too, but making sure you freeze it as soon as you get home and the chicken/meat is withing the expiry date. I would not risk buying chicken/mean or dairy that has gone past its expiry date. If it’s expiring on the day of purchase, then that should be fine.
    Hope this helps people on top of your amazing tips.

    All the best

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    • Hi Habib. Thank you for all of your extra saving money tips at the grocery store. I had never heard of the idea to take fresh herbs and to freeze them in olive oil. That is an excellent idea. One that I will definitely be trying.

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  2. Great advises! Don’t bring your kids-I learnt it the harder way many-many years ago. My husband was sent by his company to manage a foreign branch into a country where everything was several times more expensive than I was used to. While I was trying to figure out how to survive there on a budget, with a 2.5 years old kid, living in a pretty posh neighbourhood where a flat was hired for us, having to buy groceries in the same highly priced shops, my daughter saw on a shelf a package of red, very shiny, almost glowing Babybell chese. A family package of 36 pieces, the price of which could eat up almost half of my tiny budget for the week. It was so appealing to her, that she wouldn’t move from it, no matter how I tried to explain or distract her. She was just a baby, after all. I was a young mom and having my child loudly crying in a shop where everyone was staring at us, not understanding why wouldn’t I give the child what she wanted was the last thing I wanted at that moment. Not really knowing the language yet made it even worse. Luckily, I was able to locate a smaller package of 6 (which was still very expensive in this shop). So I ended up buying the package of cheese and had to figure out what else I have enough money left to buy for. It was a painful lesson, as our whole weekly cooking depended on that shopping. The story however, remained in the family till these days.
    Thank you for sharing so helpful tips!

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    • Hi Minaher. Thank you for sharing that story. When I was reading it, I felt your pain because that has happened to me. A painful lesson to be sure, but an important lesson nevertheless. Shopping without your kids is not always feasible, but definitely less costly.

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