Groceries are expensive. Buying food to eat a variety of meals at-home and diverse snacks of fruits and vegetables for the kids to snack on can be expensive. For the past year, I’ve barely found the time to use coupons with the two kids, working at-home full time and managing everything around here. Talking with other Moms that I know, they feel the same, there isn’t always time to clip those coupons, plan those sales and extreme coupon. Busy Moms don’t always have the time.
When we had one child? I had the time to clip coupons, organize and sort. I had the time – now? Life gets busier and we’ve found alternatives.
Here are some of the things that we did to reduce our grocery bill without clipping coupons:
We Bought a Freezer
The initial cost of the freezer was offset by the fact that we now have the space and ability to stock up on items when there are great sales – to avoid paying full price a little later in the month when the item might come at a higher price. Now, if there’s a great sale on something that we regularly eat (like chicken, ribs or Costco spring rolls), we’ll buy a few boxes/packages and get more for our money when it’s on sale.
We Chose Bulk Bagels
Buying Bulk bagels on sale from Safeway at the cost of $0.45/each is half the price of buying a packaged of pre-packaged everything bagels, something that’s on our grocery list every single week. Taking the time to compare the prices of items (not just bagels!) that you regularly purchase in the regular package, as well as the bulk section, can potentially save you up to 50%.
We Shop Costco Sales
Shopping at Costco, we check the sales weekly to see if there’s anything on sale that we regularly buy or whether the items on sale would be part of future meal plans. This not only save money on the items we’re purchasing but also on the amount that we have to shop – because let’s face it time is currency.
We Cut the Convenience
Sure, there are times when we go to the grocery store and get tempted with the convenience foods that are on-sale, but most of the time we’ll head into the store with an idea of the meals we’re going to make and skip over the processed items. This way, we can make things like pizza and cinnamon buns at-home without paying the high price for these items in-store. Try it for a month, you might just be surprised at the difference it can make in your grocery bill.
We Downloaded the Apps
Rather than spending the time clipping coupons, I was delighted to hear that stores like Safeway and Save on Foods offered coupons that could be shown on your mobile phone and apps like Checkout 51 could help me to save money by submitting the receipt after buying the product and getting a rebate check in the mail. The apps make it easy to save money, compare prices and keep track of grocery lists – without having to take the time to clip coupons.
What are some of the ways that you reduce the cost of groceries at home, without coupons?