Grocery shopping can be a hassle, and so can clipping coupons. Whether you're shopping for your next backyard cookout or your family's groceries for the next week, try these five ways you can save money at the grocery store without extreme couponing.
1. Buy Basic Veggies
Its really easy to get caught up in the "pre-cut" or "pre-washed" or "pre-packaged" lifestyle. And don't get me wrong, its much easier when it comes time to prep. However, you can save TONS of money just by washing your own lettuce or slicing your own carrots.
2. Utilize the Freezer Section
Frozen fruits and veggies are an excellent way to keep healthy food around without worrying about if its going to go bad. Frozen vegetables are often on sale, and they make great sides and go well in soups, stir fry, and casseroles. Frozen fruits are perfect for smoothies and healthy desserts.
3. Skip the Junk Food
I don't know if you've noticed, but junk food is EXPENSIVE. If you aren't aiming for the healthy lifestyle, pick one or two things that you like and go ahead and get them, but be careful not to go crazy in the cookie aisle.
4. Look at the Price Per Ounce.
Most people compare the big bold sticker price when deciding if something is a good deal or not. While this makes sense, sometimes it is misleading. The store may advertise the price of larger quantities as a deal, but in reality you're not saving any money. If you buy more than you need in order to "get the deal", you end up wasting some anyway, which is just money down the drain.
5. If Possible Leave the Kids at Home
You probably already know that having your children with you while shopping is a HUGE distraction from getting in, getting what you need, and getting out. They want everything and you have to keep your eye on them all the time. Finding the balance between parenting and shopping is frustrating, and most of the time you end up leaving with more than you wanted to just to keep the kids happy.
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