1. Buy fresh produce when it's in season and freeze it.
Fresh produce is always great, but the cost can add up fast. Stick with buying what's currently in season, and consider stocking up when you find a good deal.
2. Look for sales and plan meals accordingly.
If your local grocery store offers a savings card be sure to sign up, and check the weekly circular to see what's on sale. Instead of shopping for groceries based on your weekly meal plan, consider planning your meals around what's on sale.
3. Bring a Calculator.
Be that smart shopper who weighs the veggies and looks at the unit price of certain items. Comparing price and amount puts more perspective on what you’re buying from different stores. Besides, having a handy calculator will help make sure you stay on budget as you go down the aisles.
4. Don’t ever shop hungry or without a list.
Planning is key. Make a list and stick to it and definitely have a snack or meal before shopping. There’s no better way to overspend than to shop when you’re hungry.
5. Buy Store Brands.
Store brands and name brands are packaged differently, but have nearly the same ingredients. Many people may not realize national brands actually produce and package a wide variety of store-brand products.
6. Limit Extras.
Limit buying foods that have no nutritional value such as soda, candy, and chips. Concentrate on buying foods that contain a lot of nutrients such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, beans, and low-fat or non-fat dairy products.
7. Buy in Bulk.
Buying in bulk usually saves money as long as you have the space. Purchase family packs of chicken, steak, or fish if you have enough freezer space. Buy large quantities of canned or frozen fruits and vegetables when they are on sale.