Let’s face it, we all try to penny pinch where we can, especially living in Hawaii. Here are 5 tips on saving money at the grocery store.
Tip 1 – Meal Plan- This might seem like mundane advice however it’s efficient and can help you avoid overspending on groceries that go bad before you get to use them (you’re probably thinking about those strawberries you need to throw out the fridge right now or that bundle of asparagus) Before hitting the grocery store do an inventory check and download apps such as SuperCook where you can select ingredients you already have on hand then the app suggests recipes. http://www.supercook.com/#/recipes
Tip 2 – Use your COUPONS- Stack your manufacturer coupons with store discounts, also don’t forget cash back apps like the popular Ibotta and Checkout51 which both are great for even everyday staples such as bread, eggs, milk, and juice.
Tip 3 – Buy “In Season” produce. I cannot tell you how hard I rolled my eyes at the $7/lb bag of cherries I walked REALLY fast by this week. Check out local farmers markets as well, chances are fruit may be cheaper and last longer since they are fresher than the grocery store and farmers markets are abundant in Hawaii all year long.
Tip 4 – Leave everyone else at home- Now, I’m not just saying that because I’m a Mom and all parents love a quiet shopping trip 🙂 We all know when we drag our spouses and kids to the grocery store unnecessary items end up in the cart and one or two of them may be bribing, I mean peace offerings for the kids. So leave everyone at home and stick to the list!
Tip 5 – avoid precut / prepackaged food items. With just a little labor you can avoid paying high mark ups and you end up with more food for your money. So buy the whole pineapple and the whole block of cheese, cut it up yourself and put some money back in your pocket.
What are some of your favorite ways to save money when you go shopping? Leave a comment below!