Buying Strategies To Save Money On Your Grocery Bill

Part of a series on How To Save Money On Your Grocery Bill

Tips And Strategies To Save Money On Your Grocery Bill

Revised July 30, 2020 – Originally published May 19, 2020 Deborah Esplin

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Do you want to save money on your grocery bill and spend less on food? Here are tips and strategies to do just that. With these tips, you will save money, and you will go to the grocery store less often, which is positive during this time of the pandemic.

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Buy Food From A Wholesaler

If you have access to a grocery wholesaler, you will save even more money. Some wholesalers sell directly to individuals. You can look in your area to see if that is an option.
Here are some of the potential savings by buying larger quantities from a wholesale grocery.

    • 100 grams of goat cheese costs $9.99 from my local grocer
    • 1000 grams (1 kg) of goat cheese costs $49.99 from a wholesaler
      • By buying the larger format, you will save $50, which is a huge saving. And you can freeze goat’s cheese, plus many other foods. See the blog on You Can Freeze Almost Anything.

However, you may not be able to find the larger format of goat’s cheese unless you go to a wholesaler.

Buy Food In Bulk

Get your groceries from a bulk store or bulk section of your regular store. Prices are less and very often you can find items that are not available on the shelf.

Buy Food In Larger Formats 

There are huge savings to buying food in larger quantities. Just buying in larger quantities at your regular grocery or bulk store, you will save money. Discounts are offered or prices are lower for larger quantities and bulk items. Examples:

    • 2 loaf bread pack costs $4.99, 1 loaf of the same bread costs $4.49
      • For $0.50 more, you have 2 loaves of bread
    • 750 grams plain yogurt costs $3.99, 500 grams plain yogurt costs $4.99
      • For $1.00 more, you have 250 grams more yogurt
    • 1200g ground beef costs $10.00, 500g ground beef costs $7.00
      • For $3.00 more you get 700 grams more ground beef

Just with these examples, you save $13.29. Imagine if you apply this strategy across your entire grocery bill every time you go shopping.

Buy Groceries On Sale 

Another strategy is to buy items on sale and stock up when items are on sale. This is a good strategy, but during the pandemic, going to the grocery less often is a safer option. Before the pandemic, I would shop weekly and buy what was on sale. Over time, I built up a stockpile so that I didn’t need to buy much that wasn’t on sale. However, at this time, I am not following that strategy.

However, if you are already at the grocery store then is a good idea to stock up with items on sale. Especially for those that you use on a regular basis.

Buy Groceries In Multiple Quantities 

Often, foods have a reduced price if you buy multiple quantities. For foods that you use more often, that can be frozen, or have a long shelf life, this is a good strategy. You will save pennies to dollars at every purchase, and over time, you will save a significant amount of money.

With these tips, you will cut your food bill by 1/3 to 1/5 depending on the item and you will have what you need on hand. Plus, you will cut your trips to the grocery store. With the next two blog topics, we explore the foods you can’t and can freeze so that you can keep this food fresh and safe over a longer period of time.

 Save Money On Your Grocery Bill Tips Summary 

1. Buy from a wholesaler
2. Buy in bulk
3. Buy larger formats
4. Buy on sale
5. Buy multiple quantities

Check out my video on this subject:

Here is the link to the next blog in this series: Foods Not To Freeze A Short List.

Check out posts on other topics here: Blog Table of Contents.

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