Food is necessary. You don't eat. You die. There is no way around it. It's not like the cable bill that you can cancel. The best we can do is learn all we can so that we save money on groceries. Eat good and not break the bank.
In the technology marketplace decreasing prices is the norm. You can now buy a high speed, all inclusive laptop for $300. Just a few years ago that same quality laptop would have cost you $3,000. I spend a lot of time in technology so when I venture out into the "real" world I get a bit of sticker shock.
One area that disgusts me is the price of food. In a strapped economy it seems that food companies are still only concerned with one thing... profit. On the radio the other day I heard the strategy of the chicken farmer. If the demand for chicken goes down they create demand by producing less chicken. In other words, instead of you getting a better price since the demand is low, you will actually pay more to make up for the lack of volume. How do these people sleep at night?
You came here to see 3 ways to save money on groceries so let's get to it.
1. Go to more than one store
Unless you live in a rural "one-store" town you have options. Do your research and know which stores have the best prices. In my house we grocery shop at 3 different stores. It makes sense. We save close to $40 per week. That's over $2,000 per year! It more than pays for the small amount of gas it takes for the trip.
2. Know your prices
You have to know what a good price is before you can get a deal. Most shoppers buy the same groceries week after week so this shouldn't be a big issue. If the price is high then skip it. Try an alternative. If the price is good and the food has a long shelf life then buy more than one. Know your prices and save money on groceries.
3. Cut out the sugar
This one is a lifestyle choice that most are unwilling to do. You can save both money and calories by cutting out the sugar. Skip the soda, candy and sugary fruity snack packs. I'm not talking about going totally sugarless from your diet. I am pointing out the obvious. Buy fruit with the money you would normally spend on the sugar. Do your body a favor and invest in your health. It will save you lots of money in the future!
One more tip to save money on groceries is to never shop while you are hungry. I know that you have heard this before but it's worth repeating. It's not the normal expenses that break our budget. It's the unexpected ones. When you overspend on your groceries because you are "starving" you create an unnecessary expense.
How do you save money at the grocery store?