Are you frustrated with how insanely expensive grocery shopping can be but don’t have time for coupons? I was too before I realized I could still save on groceries without cutting coupons.
Who has time for that anyway? Between running a home, keeping everyone in it organized and on time, blogging on two sites, and reminding my husband to take his lunch every morning ;), I’m at maximum capacity.
I know you’re right there with me, which is why we need to stick together.
I want to share my secrets to keeping our grocery budget in check without coupons.
How To Save On Groceries Without Coupons
1. Know What You’re Working With
I like to keep an inventory of what we have in our pantry, fridge, and freezer. In doing so, I’m not buying things that I already have on hand which means I’m also not wasting food and money.
2. Plan Your Meals
Each week I go through my inventory of food on hand and plan my meals accordingly. When you meal plan this way, you stand to save a lot of money.
3. Get Cash Back
My favorite way to save on groceries is by using Ibotta.
It’s so easy to use, and I’ve earned $136 so far by using it. That’s $136.00 back in my pocket. Cool, right!?
Right now, through my link, you can get $10 free just for trying it out!
*Fun Fact – My mom started using Ibotta and is always texting me saying, “Kate! Guess how much I have in my account now?”. I love seeing her so excited about saving money.
4. Make A List
Make a grocery list and by golly, stick to it.
Lord help us if I send my husband to the grocery store without one. Our freezer will be stocked with every flavor of Ben N’ Jerry’s known to man, and our budget will be blown.
5. By Store Brand
Store brand and generic items often beat the price of name brands even when they’re on sale. So before placing groceries in your cart, be sure to check their generic counterpart.
6. Buy Ingredients, Not Meals
Fresh is best when you want to save on groceries without coupons.
Trust me, I am all for a convenience meal now and then but when our budget is tight, it’s best to make home cooked meals.
The ingredients will go a lot farther in the long run.
7. Buy In Bulk
My husband called me the other day for our local market and said they were having a huge pork sale, but it was only in bulk.
This is where having a FoodSaver comes in handy.
You can freeze what you won’t use now and have it readily available for next weeks meal plan.
8. Early Bird Catches The Worm
That may not be the best reference when talking about food, but for all intents and purposes, it works.
I have made a habit of going grocery shopping right after dropping my kids off at school. In doing so, I catch all the great deals in the meat department. This is when the butchers are marking down all the meat that’s nearing it’s “sell by” date.
9. Use Cash
Using a cash envelope to budget for groceries keeps your spending in check.
It’s easy to go over when you’re using a credit or debit card but not so much with cash.
10. Keep Your Appetite in Check
What I mean by that is, never go to the grocery store hungry.
If you do, whatever planning you’ve done was for not because you are going to stray so very far away from it. 😉
Do you have anything to add? How do you save on groceries without coupons? Comment below!
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