How to Keep Your Grocery Spending Under Control

Aside from your mortgage, your biggest monthly expense is likely groceries. And unlike your mortgage, your car payment and most of the rest of your bills you actually have some control over how much you spend at the grocery store. These tips on how to keep your grocery spending under control will help you save a good deal of money over time.

Saving money on grocery spending can help keep your household budget from getting out of control. Use these grocery spending tips to make sure you can stick to your budget every month.

Make A Grocery Budget

Start by tracking how much you’re spending on groceries for a few weeks. From there, come up with a weekly or monthly budget. Allot that money for groceries and whatever you do don’t go over.

Next, try cutting back your budget by $20 per month. Keep going and see how low you can go. The remaining tips will help you do that without feeling like you’re depriving yourself.

Related: Free Household Budget Form

Keep A Price Book

Who doesn’t love a bargain or a good deal? They are all over the store, but do you know if what they advertise as a good deal is actually saving you money?

Keep a little notebook in your purse or keep a text document on your phone with the regular prices of the items you buy most often. Not only can you see if that “deal” really is a deal, you can also determine what kitchen staple is cheapest where and adjust your shopping accordingly. Your price book will also come in handy when you browse through weekly grocery flyers. You can decide if a loss leader deal is worth driving to the store long before you ever set a foot out the door.

Use Coupons

Coupons are an often over-looked way to save big money on your grocery bill. Yes, they take a bit of time to find and organize, but they are like free money at the store. On an average week, I save $10 or more by using a few coupons, which ends up paying for a few packages of on-sale ground beef or all my dairy products.

In my How to Meal Plan post, I show you how I organize my meals and grocery list with coupons for the week. If you have never used coupons before, read my Getting Started with Coupons series to learn how to use coupons effectively.

Come Up With A Few Frugal Dishes

You don’t have to make drastic changes and eat nothing but rice and beans all week. Instead think of a few inexpensive dishes your family enjoys. They may be rice and beans. Or how about a big pot of soup or chili. Often meatless dishes will be your best frugal bet, or use meat in small portions on frugal dish days.

Enjoying frugal meals even just a handful of days during the month combined with using up any and all leftovers will make a big difference in your grocery budget.

Cut Out The Extras

Make a list before you head to the store and stick to it. All those little extras like the fancy bread from the bakery or the candy you grabbed at checkout start to add up. Get in the habit of skipping those extras unless there’s a good reason to buy them. Stick to your list and you’ll cut your grocery bill by quite a bit each week. It’s amazing how all those little extras add up.

Give these tips a try and see if you don’t start to see big savings on a weekly basis. What you do with all the extra money each month is up to you. Save up for a fun summer vacation, pay off those credit cards or start building your financial safety net.

7 thoughts on “How to Keep Your Grocery Spending Under Control”

    1. Thanks Sandra! I know you can save a great deal of money by eating meatless meals, because the price of meat is so much higher than things like beans and lentils 🙂

  1. Loved this post. I think we have to have a budget or we will always go overboard. Also, the list is a must, especially if you have little kids or even big kids that like to distract you. Thanks for posting this. Stacy @ frugalfitmom.com

    1. Thanks for coming over Stacy! I agree…when you’re shopping with your kids, if you don’t have a list, it is much harder to keep your budget down, as they are always wanting to buy things that you don’t plan for 🙂

  2. Great tips! I haven’t been to the grocery store in close to a month. Yikes! Have surgery and let your church family meals will save on the grocery budget. Not sure it saves on the medical budget though. Think I would rather pay for groceries!

    I want to start using cash again for my grocery budget.

    1. Oh no! I didn’t know that you had surgery…hope it was nothing very serious and that you are on the mend. I’ll keep you in my prayers 🙂

  3. I would add shopping a discount grocery store or farmers market or farm stands, if you have them near you. I find great deals at our local discount grocery stores and I even find organic items there too.

    We have quite a few farm stands here too and during the growing season, I’ll find great deals there in large quantities and freeze or can the produce for later. I’ve found 25 pounds of cucumbers for pickles for just $15 and a box of bell peppers about 30 of them for $3. Definitely worth checking out if you have one near you.

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