Is your budget feeling the pinch? Want to save some extra cash?
Look no further than your groceries. It’s one of the easiest expenditures to cut quickly because you have control over how much you spend.
To help you get started, I’ve compiled a list of 30 extremely frugal tips employed by super savers. Start using some of these strategies and your wallet will be fatter in no time!
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30 Frugal tips for cutting your grocery bills
- Empty fridges use more electricity. You open the fridge to get the milk out for a cup of coffee and that raises the temperature of the air inside, so the motor starts up again until the thermostat switches it off. The solution is to reduce the amount of air in the fridge. You replace the air with something that takes longer to heat up. What I did was gather together all the empty bottles I could, fill them up with water, and put them in the fridge.
- Start doing grocery pick up instead of going to the store. Order only what you need and you will avoid the impulse buys as you go around the supermarket.
- Start a vegetable garden. You can easily grow strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, squash, and zucchini along with salad greens and tomatoes.
- Invest in a chest freezer. This will allow you to buy meat on sale, and stock up.
- Bring your coffee from home every day in a stainless steel thermos.
- At the grocery store limit yourself to a certain budget and keep track of it on my paper shopping list as you go.
- Buy mostly generic items.
- Look for good deals on meat – whole chicken vs. parts, bone-in breasts vs. boneless/skinless, cheaper cuts of beef that taste good when braised, London broil vs. expensive steaks, etc.
- Stretch your meals. You can buy a whole chicken for about $7, put it in the crock pot during the day with some butter and spices and about a cup of water. That night you can have a chicken dinner. Save the broth and bones and add a few more cups of water to the pot the next day to make stock. Then the leftover chicken can become chicken salad for sandwiches, chicken tetrazzini, buffalo chicken dip, quesadillas, etc.
- Pack lunch and a breakfast smoothie every day.
- Use a calculator in the grocery store. When you get to $80, try to stop buying or swap things out to stay below a $400 /month grocery limit
- Take advantage of cash back apps like Checkout 51 and ibotta. Get the full scoop in this post: Cash Back sites you should be using.
- Stores do their sales on cycles, so stock up on staples/frequent buys when the price is good as long as product expiration dates work for your consumption.
- Meat goes a lot further if it is part of a meal instead of the main event. Stirfry, curry, tacos are all cheaper than a chicken breast with vegetables.
- Freeze the tops of onions, carrots, tiny cloves of garlic to make vegetable broth.
For more money saving tips, check out my other frugal living posts:
Do you have another extreme savings tip for cutting your grocery spending? Comment below and I’ll add it to the list!
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