Guest post by Jenna from Particular Pantry
Need some quick and easy tips to help you save more money at the grocery store in 2019? Here are five of my favorites:
1. Plan Your Meals
It has been said time and time again, but meal planning really is the one of the best ways to save both time and money at the grocery store (here’s a great free printable meal planning kit).
Of course this tip comes at the expense of spending a good amount of extra time at home planning out the meals and grocery list at least a week at a time.
However, when done well, meal planning saves some serious cash by giving every single item on your list a specific purpose. It also helps you find places to trim or double up on certain items and you are creating your plan and even includes planning for leftovers.
2. Make Well-Organized Grocery Lists
While your meal plan can help save you money, a well-organized grocery list can help save you time at the store.
I’ve tried paper lists, grocery list apps, and everything else under the sun and they can all work. But the list only makes your shopping faster IF you follow one important rule… organize your list by department.
That means instead of writing your list in whichever order you think of adding them (ie: eggs, avocado, chicken, bananas) causing you to run back and forth across the store, your list should have like items together so you can work your way through your list and the store at the same time.
Bonus points if you set up your list to follow the floor plan of your actual store.
3. Shop Your Pantry First
Before you head to the store, make sure to shop your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer first. In fact, this should probably come before tip #1 because if you really want to up your game, you can plan your meals based on the items you already have at home!
By using what you already have, you are not only saving money by not buying more groceries, but also saving the time it would take to think about whether or not you have a certain item in your pantry already.
4. Use Technology To Your Benefit
Once you finally get to the grocery store, make sure to use technology to your benefit. Because… there’s an app for that!
Remember the list you made? There’s an app for that too! My favorite is Our Groceries because my husband can add items from his phone and it will instantly appear on my list. Also, it’s automatically organized by store department and you can edit the department if you need to.
I haven’t tried every app out there, but I’m sure there are plenty of others that would serve this purpose just as well.
There are also apps for helping save you money at the store, from Walmart’s Savings Catcher to the Target Red Card (and Cartwheel) you can always save money if you take a few minutes to check out the deals before heading into the store.
5. Order Groceries Online
I’ve saved my very favorite tip for last because it compliments every other tip from this list AND makes my life exponentially better.
Ordering groceries online is the one-two punch you might not have expected to see on this list… right?
There is a stigma that ordering groceries for pickup or delivery is a luxury and very expensive. In truth, ordering groceries online can be a great way to save money (and obviously time) on groceries.
While there is often a slight markup on some product and/or a delivery fee, those extra costs are often offset by the other benefits of buying groceries online.
- No more worrying about shopping while hungry.
- No more making unhealthy or unnecessary impulse purchases.
- No more going back to return an item you’ve decided might not fit the budget or meal plan for the week.
All of the grocery delivery services I’ve tried not only let me see the running total as I add items to the cart but they always have sale sections that are very easy to find and plan meals around.
I shouldn’t even need to mention how much time you can save by not stepping foot in the grocery store, but ordering groceries online allows you to fit groceries into your schedule when you can’t manage a full trip to the store.
Bottom line, grocery shopping has to be done… but if you can do it faster and within your budget maybe it won’t be such a source of pain!
What are YOUR best tips to save time AND money on groceries?
Jenna is a mom to four awesomely exhausting children. She believes that finding the right food for your family should be easier. That’s why she is committed to providing information you need to make deliberate choices for your family over at Particular Pantry.