Check out my 5 simple tips on how to save money on food without spending time clipping coupons including a $45 PayPal Cash giveaway below!
I personally have tried to use coupons in the past, but never could stick with it. I know I could save a ton of money using them, but I just don’t have the time to focus on coupons. Are you in the same boat? I still love to save money, especially when it doesn’t take much extra time to do so, which is why I’ve put together this list to get you thinking about simple ways you can save money on food and still cook healthy for your family without taking much extra time.
- Store Apps – I have several store apps on my phone for the stores I frequently shop at, and before I step foot in the door I take just a few minutes while still in the parking lot (and kids are in their car seats), to check what deals the store has such as a “get $10 off if you buy $50 or more” or even electronic coupons that I will clip quickly, even if I’m not sure I’m buying all those specific products. This is much easier than doing it while I’m shopping and worrying about my kids getting restless which they do within just a few minutes of shopping. Yes, this is technically “clipping coupons” however it’s electronic and much quicker than real coupons!
- Shop in bulk – This may seem like a no-brainer but not everyone realizes that if you purchase larger quantities of items, you’ll likely save money. I love Sam’s Club since I can buy large quantities of oats, granola bars, peanut butter, meat, poultry and produce in large quantities and save money. However, it’s important to know the needs of your family and how much they willl eat so you don’t buy too much and end of wasting money because the food spoiled before it was consumed. One thing to note though is this isn’t always the case (see #3).
- Check the “Prices per oz” – Many stores have “prices per oz” listed under the prices on the shelf. I like to check this prices when I’m comparing the same item but different quantities (for example, larger cereal boxes are usually cheaper per oz than the equivalent cereal in a smaller box).
- Shop store brand items – Being in the food and nutrition business for quite a while I’ve had several behind the scenes visits to manufacturing companies – and often times one large company will make the same product but put different labels on the container to sell for several different brands. Now this is NOT always the case, but it does warrant trying out a few brands to see what you like even if it’s an off brand product.
- Meal Plan and Shop Less – okay, this may be another obvious one, but it’s one that definitely works for me. On weeks I plan ahead and make a grocery list I definitely shop less often throughout the week and waste less food since I know exactly what I’m going to make that week.
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