Have you tried generics or store brands? Some are really good. Just try one can or box of a generic to see if you like it or not.
Have you shopped at discount grocery stores or a Super Walmart, Super Target, etc. to see if the prices are better on items you buy regularly? Also check the weekly sales flyers of grocery stores. If you plan your menus around sale items you can sometimes save a lot. Just don’t buy a lot of things that you don’t really want to eat. That’s wasteful too.
Another option is joining a warehouse club like Costco, Sam’s Club, or BJ’s Wholesale. Not every item in these clubs are cheap, but some are. You can shop in these places without a membership card just to see what their prices are like. If you want to buy without a card they usually allow it but add something like 10% to your total. If you decide to join, be sure to know your prices to know if something is a good deal or not.
When you find a good deal on something (no matter where) consider buying about 2-3 months worth of it (or less if money is tight). Then start a pantry in your house with your stocked items. Then you can shop in your pantry before having to go to the store. If the item is perishable you’ll need to freeze it or can it. Decide which things are worth it to you. After a while you will be eating more items that were bought on sale, saving you money continuously.
Want to cook in bulk but don’t have the time? We used to have 6 people in the house & I made large meals. Now with just the two of us I still make fairly large main dishes. Immediately after the meal I package the leftovers in individual serving sizes or enough for a meal for the 2 of us. I label the packages with the date & what’s in it & then put them in the freezer. After a while we have lots of choices in the freezer of ready to heat meals. We just microwave them quickly for a meal that is better than fast food or even the frozen pre-made dinners. And LOTS cheaper & healthier usually. If we don’t feel like eating the same thing some night, we each choose the meal we want. No big deal. We sometimes cut up some fresh veggies to go with this. Eating this way is cheap, easy, quick, & enjoyable.
Since we freeze these portions right after the first meal of it, we don’t have to eat it again right away. We don’t get tired of meals that way. When we feel like eating it again is when we have it.
Try these tricks to lower your grocery bill. I’ll have more tips in Part 3.