7 ways to save money while grocery shopping

BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY — As people continue to eat more at home, shoppers around the world are feeling the effects of rising prices for nearly every item in the supermarket.

Malt O Meal logo image. In fact, 7 in 10 people (71%) are more likely to shop on a budget now than they were before the pandemic, according to a recent survey published by Malt flour orparents being 21% more likely than non-parents.

As you look for ways to save at the grocery store, consider these tactics:

1. Create a budget
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While you may have a number in mind that you expect to spend weekly (or monthly) on groceries, it may not be sustainable. Start by determining how much you spend over the course of a few weeks, and use that number to identify patterns in your spending and set a more accurate grocery budget.

From there, it may be easier to find places to adjust, such as buying certain items in bulk or switching to value brands.

2. Make a list
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Creating a weekly meal plan and shopping list before you leave home can reduce the chances of buying things you don’t need.

Knowing exactly what you need for weekly meals and replenishing essentials, and sticking to that list, can help ensure you don’t spend money on products you won’t use.

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At the same time, don’t feel like your shopping list is set in stone. Be flexible! A good tip to remember is that as you walk through the store, take a look at what other shoppers have in their carts. You may see a hot sale item that you missed. This works especially well at discount stores like Grocery store.

3. Look for value brands

The top two factors consumers prioritize when shopping for groceries are quality (34%) and price (30%), according to the survey. To help save money on your weekly grocery bills while buying high-quality produce, one of the top tactics shoppers have used is to buy food from value brands. Remember, if you can’t taste the difference, why pay the difference?

4. Shop alone

Image of a child sitting in a shopping cart covered in snacks and cookies.When you go shopping with other members of your family, like your children or your partner, the chances of getting off your list can increase.

To help limit the chance of being talked into buying things you don’t really need, go it alone and stick to your list.

5. Scan sales brochures

Grocery stores run several promotions each week that can help you save on everything from meat and eggs to ice cream and other frozen foods. An easy way to save is to check the weekly ads at grocery stores in your area.

Shopping at a different store than usual can allow you to take advantage of different deals, and those items are often placed in prominent areas of the store, such as near the entrance or at the end of aisles, to make them easier to find.

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Image of the Lady Savings logo. If you’d like to see your favorite store’s weekly flyer, but they don’t come in the mail and are only available in store, check out ladyahorros.com. It’s a great way to see if there are any good deals without the hassle of driving halfway through town.

6. Use cashback apps
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While rebates don’t always provide the same initial savings as other methods, such as traditional coupons, you may realize greater savings in the long run. With a variety of free options available, you can sign up and start earning cash almost immediately. For added savings, combine cash back app savings with store loyalty discounts and credit card cash back rewards.

7. Look for seasonal products

When shopping on a budget, sticking to seasonal produce can help you get the most bang for your buck. When fresh fruits and vegetables are out of season, stores often charge more for them since they are not as readily available.

Planning your meals around seasonal produce can not only help you save money, but also put the best-tasting fruits and vegetables on the table.

Check out this short video with 10 more shopping hacks!