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Do you ever go grocery shopping and at check out wonder how you are $5 or $10 over what you planned? How many times do you chalk that up to a math error on your end. Now let me ask you this. How many times do you get home and unpack groceries and realise you have a few items that weren't on your list? Maybe hubby or the kids snuck them in or something you grab but now that you saw your grocery bill are regretting?
I want to share a trick that saves me $100 or more a month on groceries!
How to Save Money on Groceries – The Weird Grocery Shopping Trick that Saves Me $100 or More a Month
Today I am here to share one more I have learned on my own. First, I try to go groceries shopping alone, for many reasons but I tend to spend about $20 more a trip when I take hubby and/or the kids with me.
So as I am shopping I ALWAYS shop from my list. I menu plan my meals and shop sales and my list shows what sales and coupon(s) I will be using. So I have everything planned I will buy.
Are you ready? Here it is.
The Weird Grocery Shopping Trick that Saves Me $100 or More a Month
As I am grocery shopping I stick to my list as mentioned above. Anything that isn't on my list that goes into my cart I put in the seat of the cart. This does a few things.
The item is staring me down and that impulse buy that looked great when my calculator read only $20 doesn't look so great when I'm nearing $80.
So the part that saves me at least $100 a more a month? I make myself put back at least 2 items, I try for more. I pick those impulse buys first and most of the time they all go back. every now and then a bag of Oreos makes it through the system.
Now, what if I don't have anything in the seat of my cart by the end of the shopping trip? It' rare but it has happened a few times. I go through my cart and I will put out 2 items. Things I do not need. Maybe a sale item etc. I will put back the cereal and make breakfast for the week. It's worth it when I see my saving account grow. I did this trick last year and I added $1,500 to my savings account this way alone.
What tips and tricks do you use to save money on groceries? See how I'm feeding my family on a budget of $200 a month.
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I am a mom to 5 kids, homeschool mom, blogger, social media junkie, Frugalista, Book Worm, and Closet Want-to-be Chef. We are a Roadschool family (homeschooling on the road while traveling fulltime).
I grew up learning ways to save from my mom and grandma. I started my own coupon journey when my first child was born in 2009 and started the blog on 2010 when baby #2 was born to share my tips with everyone who kept asking about how I was getting diapers for $1 a pack!
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