My 5 tips for frugal grocery shopping are probably all tips that you have heard before. I wish I could say that I have come up with something really new and fantastic that would help you to save money! When I do, I will let you know!
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Tip 1 – Always shop with a full stomach! How many times have you been hungry and went to the grocery store only to come home with one or two bags of chips, candy and a lot of processed food? Fill up before your trip or at least have a protein bar.
Tip 2 – Use coupons. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not a person who will buy 5 newspapers or jump in a dumpster for a coupon for Grey Poupon Mustard! I do get the newspaper on Sunday and look through and pick out which products I would use. I, at times, will use a coupon for something I have been wanting to try, but didn’t want to pay full price. There are great coupons on-line also. I am an affiliate for Coupons.com and have a link in my banner for these great coupons (I will get a small commission from them if you print coupons – thanks).
Tip 3 – I always go to the grocery store with a list. I plan my menu for the week, based on sales, and then create a list of things I need to pick up. I try my hardest to stick to the list.
Tip 4 – Shop at budget stores such as Aldi and Save-A-Lot. Now don’t get me wrong, not all of my food comes from these types of stores. I do get my staples at Aldi. They have the best prices on flour, butter, sugar, milk, etc. The rest of my food comes from the store I find the best deals at for the week. I do Not run around town shopping at 5 different stores.
Tip 5 – Shop in the early afternoon when meat that is close to the expiration date gets marked down. You will be able to pick up some great chicken, hamburger, etc. at really good prices. Just make sure you freeze or use the meat right away.
Those are my Top 5 Tips. What are your tips? I would love to hear them, I am alway looking for a way to save some money!
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