How to Grocery Shop on a Budget

Today I’d like to share my tips for grocery shopping on a budget. These are the tricks I’ve been using for years to help me keep my weekly grocery bill low.

  1. Always make a list. Planning ahead and sticking to your list ensures that you don’t get tempted by everything in the store. When I decide what I’m going to make for the week I always check what’s on sale and try to plan my recipes around those items which also saves dollars. An added bonus is that making a list saves me time once I’m actually in the store so that I just get exactly what I need and get out rather than aimlessly wondering around the store.
  2. Shop the perimeter of the store. Most grocery stores are set up to have produce and meats around the outside and packaged/processed foods in the middle. Sticking to primarily buying fruits, vegetables, and meat has saved me a ton of money over the years. Not only is produce typically cheaper but you can buy exactly how much you actually need whereas a lot of packaged foods are larger and can be wasted.
  3. Never shop hungry. This might seem silly but this one is huge! Always try to plan your grocery store trips for a time after you’ve just eaten a meal or snack. If you’re hungry while shopping you’re more inclined to start picking up random stuff that you don’t really need so always go with something in your stomach.

I hope you find these tricks useful the next time you make a grocery run!

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My most recent grocery haul – I got all of this for $52!

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