We only go grocery shopping twice a month in this house. As I type that, i realize how crazy it sounds. We are trying to save money, due to the upcoming birth of our second child. Food prices only seem to get more expensive by the day, and even though I’ve tried couponing, I’ve never really been able to make it work. Still, there are a few other ways we’ve managed to save a few bucks at the grocery store. Here are a few tips we have learned along the way.
1. Schedule grocery store trips around your paydays.
I’m a teacher, so I only get paid once a month- at the end of the month. This is really hard sometimes. If my husband didn’t get paid twice a month, we’d really struggle. For this reason, we only go grocery shopping twice a month and we schedule those trips the day after he gets paid. This makes things much easier. Of course, there are still times when we need to make a grocery store stop because we’ve run out of milk or forgotten something, but that’s not usually a big total, so it’s OK.
2. Plan your meals ahead of time so you’ll have a better idea of what you need.
This one can be tough. Each Sunday, I sit down and plan meals for the next two weeks. This way, I can add the needed ingredients to my grocery list and then I’ll know exactly what’s needed and it helps curb impulse buys.