11 Ways To Save Hundreds on Groceries
Unless you dine out all the time — or are a cyborg — you spend a ton of money on groceries every year. We’ll tell you how to spend a lot less.
By Camille Lamb
#7. Be Selective About What You Buy In Bulk
The draw for joining clubs like Costco, Sam’s Club, and BJ’s is that you’ll save money buying large quantities. Costco, for example, caps their markup at 14 percent; some retailers mark up items 20, 30, or even 50 percent. But buying in bulk doesn’t always save you money. Buying bushels of fruits, tubs of ketchup, or enough bread to feed the Duggars might result in you throwing out spoiled food. Stick to nonperishable foods, or non-food like household cleaners, laundry detergent, and dish soap.
#8. Compare Costs
Knowing the cost per unit (CPU) before you buy in bulk can help you figure out whether or not you’re getting a deal. That figure isn’t always posted on the store shelf, and since we don’t expect you’ll do the math while you’re in the store, download an app like Unit Price Compare to do it for you instead.
#9. Join A Rewards Program
If your grocery store offers discounts and rebates through a free club card and you’re not taking advantage of it, you don’t deserve to eat. Stories are trying to create customer loyalty by offering perks to people who take two minutes to fill out an application. So fill it out.
#10. Buy Frozen Fruits And Veggies
Frozen food tends to cost less than fresh produce. Studies show that produce begins to lose nutrients as soon as it’s picked, so when it gets frozen, the nutritional value actually sticks around longer. That means you’re saving money at the register, eating just as healthy, and not potentially wasting money tossing out rotting food.
#11. Take Advantage Of Dollar Stores
Chains like 99 Cents Only Stores carry produce, bagged veggies and salads, sports drinks, salad dressing, and spices, and plenty of it is name-brand stuff. Since they often cost a buck, you’ll often save at least that much per item when compared to buying them from grocery stores.