Hey mama! Are you trying to stop overspending on groceries?
Unfortunately, most people think the only way to do this is to become one of those extreme couponers.
But what if you don’t have the time or energy to keep clipping each week?
Because in my opinion, it just takes a lot of work to find, clip, collect and then remember to bring them to the store with you so you can scan it at checkout, which is why I don’t use them.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not against redeeming free money. I just prefer easier ways to save money on groceries—and I’ve found MANY ways to do that successfully!
In fact, we were able to cut our grocery bill in HALF and save $400/month without depending on coupons because I use intentional shopping techniques, plus a simplified meal planning strategy!
Instead of overwhelming you with every single frugal grocery tip I’ve tried, today I’m just sharing the five easiest ways we save money on groceries without coupons (so you can too!).
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#1 We stick to store brands.
This tip is a no-brainer especially if you’re trying to save money on groceries without coupons. Everything you grab should be a generic or store brand—from bread to condiments.
The difference between name brands and generic brands can sometimes be more than a few dollars, which is AWESOME for stretching your grocery budget at checkout!
And most of the time you can’t even taste the difference. That’s why we buy EVERYTHING generic (groceries, toilet paper, even diapers!).
Plus, many store brands (like Walmart’s Great Value) have stepped their game up to provide better quality goods.
So, if you want to save money on groceries without coupons, then it’s time to break up with your favorite brands and give store brands a try!
NOTE: If you do end up grabbing an item that isn’t generic (like cereal because your picky-eating kids swear it doesn’t taste the same) then you can still save money by using digital coupon apps that put money back in your pocket after checkout!
All you have to do is upload a picture of your receipt inside the app to redeem your free money!
#2 We shop at low-price grocery stores.
Grocery shopping at stores like Walmart or Aldi that provide rock-bottom prices on food makes it REALLY easy to save money on groceries without coupons.
Walmart is perfect for getting everything you need on your grocery list, including household items, at super affordable prices. But if you want to save even more money on your groceries, Aldi is your best bet!
At Aldi, you can buy organic fruits and vegetables for the same price or sometimes cheaper than Walmart’s non-organic produce.
With both stores, though, you’ll need to bring your own reusable grocery bag or prepare to bring your groceries home in large manufacturing boxes you find in the store. That’s how they’re able to keep costs low, by eliminating free grocery bags.
You can click here to find an Aldi store near you.
#3 We shop frozen, not fresh.
By far, the cheapest way to add more fruits and vegetables into your diet without breaking the bank is to buy them frozen, instead of fresh. Because frozen veggies are still healthy for you, they will last longer and cost you way less too!
I love buying frozen bags of broccoli, green beans, corn to serve as simple side dishes at dinner, and it costs me no more than $2 a bag! Now that’s eating healthy on a budget.
#4 We only buy what you will consume.
When you’re trying to save without coupons to keep your grocery bill low, you can’t throw random ingredients in your cart. And buying items in bulk won’t always save you more money either.
So when you see those 10 for $10 sales, there’s no need to go crazy and reach for all 10 items—they’ll still ring up for $1 each no matter how many you grab! (By the way, this is just one of the ways grocery stores like to trick you into spending more money than you have.)
Plus, unless you consume a lot of what you’re buying, or if it’s a cut of meat you cook often that’s finally on sale, it’s not worth stocking up. You’ll just be wasting money on food that will expire before you get a chance to eat it.
Instead, head to the grocery store with a shopping list so you’ll know exactly what you need. You can use a piece of paper or the Notes app on your smartphone, but don’t rely on keeping your list in your head. It’s hard to remember what you need to grab when you’re distracted by the smell of the bakery aisle.
#5 We plan all of our meals ahead.
Get into the habit of knowing exactly what your family is going to eat each and every week. Because meal planning alone can save you thousands of dollars a year on groceries without using coupons!
And it’s actually cheaper if you plan to eat the same things for breakfast and lunch so you leave more money in your grocery budget to make whatever you want for dinner. If you need help with meal planning, check out these simple instructions for beginners here.
Now it’s your turn!
If you’re like me and you can’t imagine having to keep up with a binder full of coupons (AND laundry, AND dishes…#momlife, right?!), you don’t have to!
The next time you go shopping, I dare you to implement any one of these tips (or combine them all!) and see how much money you’ll save on groceries!
Be sure to let me know in the comments below!