10 tips for grocery shopping on a budget (plus: 3 best apps)
Feeding a family of four or more can feel like it costs a fortune. The bigger the kid, the more they eat. Teenagers can virtually eat you out of house and home!
Believe it or not, you can actually buy groceries without breaking the bank. Here are our top 10 tips for grocery shopping on a budget:
- Make a weekly menu plan and create your list from the ingredients needed.
- Only purchase the items on your list.
- Seek out sales from the store circulars.
- Use store reward cards.
- Try store and generic brands — they cost less and usually taste just as good as the more expensive brands.
- Buy in-season fruits and veggies, which usually cost less.
- Make your own dry rubs, mixed seasonings and marinades … the cost is pennies compared to those with premium labels.
- Larger cuts of meat usually cost less per pound. Have the butcher cut the meat into more manageable pieces for you.
- Don’t go to the grocery store when you’re hungry!
- Before you pay full price, look for grocery coupons online
Best grocery shopping apps
Looking for apps to help organize your grocery shopping and make it more cost-effective? Here are our picks:
Grocery IQ is a free web app, but it’s also available for the iOS and Android devices. It has barcode scanning, coupons, lists and so much more.
Shopping list from Recipe.com is a free smartphone app you can use on your computer AND smartphones. It has almost everything you could possibly need for grocery shopping right at your fingertips.
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