This post is sponsored by U.S. BANK and Kroger.
My kids aren’t quite at the age where they are eating me out of house and home, but we are getting there. I am already doing my best to keep costs down whenever I head to the grocery store, and I have a few tricks that help me along the way. I thought you might interested in them as well!
1. Make a list: This is maybe the single best way to make sure you aren’t spending wildly at the grocery store. Before you leave, make a list of what you really need, and stick to it. Check out how I organize my grocery list here.
2. Snack first: I’m guilty of breaking this rule all the time. I often shop early in the morning while the kids are at school, and before I’ve made time to have breakfast. I always buy more when I am hungry!
3. Shop the sale flyer: While you are making your list, studying the store’s sale flyer. There might be items you can buy and store or freeze to save money on future grocery trips.
4. Check the unit price: This involves a little math, but you can always bust out the calculator on your phone if you need to. Instead of just buying the cereal brand that has the lowest price, check the unit price to make sure it is actually cheaper per ounce.
5. Buy store brands: Many generics are made by the same companies as the name brands, just with less flashy packaging. You can save money and get the exact same product. This isn’t true for all generics, however, so do your research.
6. Leave the kids at home: Easier said than done, I know, but if you can leave the kids behind you will likely save money. We’ve all given in to pleas for the special juice boxes or snack crackers that weren’t on the shopping list.
7. Make a meal plan: To save even more money, create a weekly meal plan before you write up a shopping list. Choose recipes that are economical and which feature items that are on sale that week.
8. Look up and down: Stores tend to put higher ticket items at eye level, so be sure to scan the top and bottom shelves for better deals.
9. Price match: Check to see if your store will price match deals from other stores. This can save both money and time, as you won’t need to drive from store to store.
10. Use a rewards card: If your store has a frequent shopper card that gives you lower prices, sign up! If not, consider signing up for a credit card that gives you rewards you will actually use.
I’m not a huge fan of credit cards but, when used judiciously and paid off immediately, they can save you money. You can save more with the shopping you do everyday with a Kroger REWARDS Visa®. This card gives you an extra discount on fuel at Kroger Family of Stores fuel centers, AND lets you earn free groceries, every time you use it!
What’s your best tip for saving money at the grocery store? Let me know in the comments!*
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