It comes as no surprise that grocery store prices have skyrocketed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
With family members now home for three meals a day and some homes changing to a single income, grocery shopping has become a concern for the last few months.
For those of us who are feeling the price hikes and trying to squeeze the most out of our food budget, I’m sharing six ways to save money at the supermarket.
If you are seeing your grocery bill rise almost 20% but are still buying the same amount of groceries, you’ll find these supermarket shopping tips helpful.
Check loss leaders
Many supermarkets provide weekly sales circulars that feature grocery items at rock bottom prices to get customers in the door. When you see your favorite brand of breakfast cereal or ice cream on the front or back page of this “loss leader”, this is the time to stock up.
Use a store loyalty card
When you sign up for your grocery store’s loyalty card, keep it handy. Add it to your purse or keychain so they can scan it for weekly deals. There have been times that a store will only honor sales around the store if you have a store loyalty card.
Buy generic brands and skip organic when possible
Shopping in the supermarket can easily cost less when you buy generic brands when possible. Although this is not recommended for your favorite ketchup brand, it’s often possible to buy grocery staples this way without tasting a difference or compromising quality.
Not every fruit or vegetable needs to be purchased from the organic food section. You can eat healthy foods and save cash while eating non-organic onions, avocados, sweet corn, broccoli, eggplant and cantaloupe.
Create a grocery list
When we write a grocery list and stick to it we save money. Heading into your local supermarket without a grocery list guarantees you will leave with many items you didn’t need to purchase.
Shop outer aisles of the grocery store
Supermarkets are set up with fresh food in the outer area of the supermarket. Shop that area for food that is fresh and needs to be prepared — not boxed items that while they are convenient are often cost more per meal.
Don’t shop while hungry
When we haven’t eaten before we go to the grocery store smells from the bakery aisle seem to call out to us. So do the latest snacks on the shelves. Hitting the grocery store right after lunch often has fewer shoppers, too.
BONUS – Check out online delivery services and pick up options for discounts.