How to save money on groceries without coupons
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Living in Denmark can be very costly when it comes to groceries. Saving money on groceries can be more challenging without using discount coupons. Going into a local grocery store can be quite a surprise as you crunch numbers.
Figuring out how to lower down your grocery bills and still get everything you need can be tough. Coupons are very rare in this part of the world and discounts are seasonal but available if you know where to look.
The best strategy that can get you every penny’s worth and save a lot of money on groceries is through careful budgeting. We do have a $100 weekly budget and that includes toiletries and everything else that will be needed at home.
How was I able to lower our grocery bills without coupons?
It all comes down to careful planning. I am no way saying you need to absolutely follow all these tips. But I have figured out it is way easier to apply each of them as you get the hang of planning out your meals and get to know what you need and which one you can cut out. It took me years to be able to practice all these tips and I can definitely say it works.
Plan your meals
Planning out your meals is crucial if you want to be able to make sure that you can live off within your budget throughout the week. This will come in handy to make so you won’t miss anything. This also ensures you get everything you need without any extra trip just because you forgot to write down that you need lemons or pasta sauce for your Thursday dinner.
Aim to buy only what you need for each meal. Most meal, if you make in batch can last you for two days. So it is a good idea to plan out including the quantities for each item as much as possible.
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Create a shopping list
Once you have created your meal plan, you will have a rough draft of your shopping list. Using a list helps you save time and money. Once you have developed a routine and a cycle on your meal plan you will eventually be able to create a grocery master list and it will be much more easier to reference on what you need. This will also be a way for you to identify which items you need to stockpile in bulk.
Plan your shopping trip.
Majority of the stores change out new products on Wednesdays. It might be beneficial for you to do your shopping on this day as you might still be able to find deals on items from last week and the new deals for the current week before they got taken out of the shelves.
Check your pantry
Keep a list on what is in your pantry including the expiration dates. It will make it easier for you to reference and plan your meals without having to go through your pantry every single week.
Always keep your list updated. Knowing what you have available will make save you a lot of time when planning your meals.
Check the weekly ads of your local grocery store.
Most grocery store has now gone digital and you can easily check out the lates offers and if the items you need is on discount without having to visit each store. Stores like Walmart, Target, Aldi and Lidl have their weekly ad deals updated each week so you can always check ahead and plan your meals accordingly. The great thing is you can also pre-order your groceries and all you need to do is pick them up when you can. This is a great way if you have problems with impulsive buying and sticking to your list
Brands make products differ in prices. Unless it is a specialty product, generic items should not have a huge difference. So before you stick on one brand, compare prices and find alternatives.
I also use this to plan out my meals and check ahead of time before completing my shopping list. Not only you are sure you can shop within your budget, but you can also easily compare prices between stores by checking each store’s weekly ad..
Have a shopping list and stick to it.
Do not go to battle without a plan and a strategy. A meal plan and a shopping list are your greatest tools to save money and cut down your grocery bills. My rule in making a shopping list is simple, if it is not needed within the week or the next grocery haul, then skip it.
Get to know your store layout.
Do you know that there is a psychology behind the layout of your favorite stores? Research are being continuously done in order to provide you with better shopping experience but as well as motivate you to shop more.
Always look at the bottom shelves for better deals. Items that have generic prices are stacked up in these area. This is where you should get items to stockpile. An exception will be the breakfast section, where kid’s favorites are placed intentionally at the bottom and lower shelves to attract their attention..
If you are not brand sensitive, avoid items at the eye level or at your kids eye level if you can. Items that are highly popular and profitable for the stores are always placed in this area. If you are looking for healthy alternatives, check the top levels of the shelves.
Stock up only once a month.
Stockpiling may have its benefits and works well for others, but for families who have a limited space; this might not be a good idea. The best advice is to buy in bulk only what is essential and those that can last longer. If it is perishable, always keep it at a minimum.
A few examples are canned tomato sauce, beans, chickpeas, corn, toilet paper and detergent. By now you already have an idea what are the staples in your household. Try keep track of them and stockpile on those when they are on offer. By keeping track of those will eventually save you a lot in the long run.
Store your foods properly.
Most food tend to buy more food than they need. Unfortunately, a lot these food will go to waste if not consumed right away or properly stored. Which is why, shopping smart. portioning what you need and freezing up the rest can save you a lot of food. This will also help your food last longer and minimize food waste.
Never shop when you are hungry.
When you are hungry, your brain and mood will make anything look and sound good. You will have a higher chance of buying what you don’t need and indulging yourself to buy anything else than what you planned for. This is when planning out your shopping trips accordingly is beneficial. It makes it easier to ensure that you don’t shop with an empty stomach.
Earn those store loyalty points.
Most shops offers cashbacks and loyalty points that you can later use to avail on offers and discounted items. If the membership is free, might as well take advantage and earn some rewards every time you shop.
Always be mindful of your choices and spending habits, and one of this is grocery shopping. Smart shopping may take time to get used to but if you have the motivation and mindset to live better and be accountable on your choices, I can honestly say that it is worth the try.
Which money saving tips have you tried to save money on groceries without having to use any coupons?