In a pandemic, disposable income is still unknown. Which is why it’s important to save money where you can. For some, that might mean limiting daily café-bought coffee, for others it could be the elimination of eating out everyday. There are many combinations of things that you could button up, but groceries are by far one of the largest categories you can sort. Ahead, we share 3 ways to save during every grocery store trip.
Tip 1: Buy in bulk
Buying in bulk is one of the easiest ways to lower your weekly or monthly grocery bill. The easiest way is looking at the week ahead and deciding what days you will need meals, and how many. If you know you have a birthday dinner, breakfast meeting, or event later in the day that your food will be covered, it’s best to slot that into your week so you won’t overbuy.
Buying in bulk is the cheaper route, but wasting food is easier to do when you live alone and are buying in bulk. There is a fine line in saving and wasting, so be sure to plan out your weeks ahead of time. Planning ahead makes it easy to understand what ingredients and items that you need. However, we should mention that buying more isn’t always the cheaper route. Be sure to check the unit price to compare the price for each item, and decide if it’s cheaper to buy singles.
Tip 2: Meal prep
This is by far the largest, most positive change I’ve noticed in my diet. Meal prepping saves you money and time. For example, if you find yourself enjoying salads throughout the week, you can purchase in bulk or single cans of lentils, chickpeas, olives, corn, and lettuce. Then you can purchase whole fish or rotisserie chicken and use it throughout the week.
If you get sick of the same meal, you could turn ingredients into a pot pie or buy one extra ingredient, like rice, to change up the meal. This is also a great way for managing your weight and making sure you stay in a healthy range.
Tip 3: Invest in loyalty programs
Whether you purchase from Trader Joe’s, Target, Walgreens, CVS, or your local grocery store — be sure to seek out loyalty programs where they exist. Similar to punch cards at coffee shops that offer a free coffee after 9 purchases, you might be missing out on savings without knowing it. It’s best to check in with the store to see if they have any deals, coupons, or savings programs to save you a little money. Remember, every coin counts.