10 Ways to Save on Your Grocery Bill

1. Make a list and check it twice. You probably go to the store with an idea of what you need, but taking the time to write that list out gives you some accountability to stick to it. You may even want to evaluate your cart before you check out to see what unlisted purchases have sneaked their way in, and whether you can live without them.

2. Meal plan. If you decide what you plan to make for the week, you can buy smarter. For example, a package of ground beef can be used to make hamburgers, tacos and pasta sauce. A bag of spinach can become a sandwich topping, a salad staple or a steaming side dish.

3. Use coupons.

4. But, only use them on the things you really need. We’ve all seen the “extreme couponers” and how they can bring home hundreds of dollars worth of groceries for like $1.47. But if you don’t like or use any of the things you bought, then you just wasted the little money you did spend.

5. Don’t shop hungry. You’ll be tempted by easy, convenient fare that may have a bigger price tag.

6. Weigh cost and convenience. It may be a lot more convenient to pick up a frozen entree than to make a pot of pasta, but you can buy noodles and sauce for a fraction of the cost and have enough left over for multiple meals.

7. Buy in bulk when it makes sense. Check the unit price on your items to make sure you’re getting a better deal when buying larger quantities.

8. Use a reward card to earn cash back. If your debit or credit card earns you cash back or points, using it can make shopping a little more rewarding.

9. Drink more water. Save the juices and sodas for special occasions and drink free, hydrating water.

10. Celebrate Meatless Monday. Or Tuesday. Or Wednesday. Choose a day of the week to dine on inexpensive meatless fare like rice and beans, or peanut butter and jelly with a fruit salad.

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