Growing up comes with a lot of new experiences — one of them is shopping for groceries. Ever wonder how your family was able to put food on the table? Here are eight tips to save money when buying groceries.
The running joke, “there’s an app for that” isn’t really a joke when it comes to food. There is an app for almost anything on any app store, including many money-saving ones for shopping. There are rebate apps, coupons and lists for sale items. Check out store apps for Walmart and Target, Coupons.com and RetailMeNot.
Coupons are everywhere — online, in the newspaper, in ads and on apps. The food industry is trying to help save its customers money, so take advantage. You can save a few extra bucks and buy something you always wanted. Or, you could save it to pay the bills.
3. Have a shopping list
Make a list and stick to it. Making a list allows you to plan what you want for the coming week without forgetting anything. It also will help you avoid buying a lot of junk food and other things you don’t need.
4. Eat before you go
Most impulse buys come from hunger. You are surrounded by food and think, “Oh, that looks good,” and suddenly, there are three extra meals in the cart. Eat before you go to avoid overbuying.
5. Do it yourself
Sure, it is convenient to have pre-sliced pineapples or pre-made meals. In many cases, it’s actually cheaper to get the item whole and cut it or prepare it yourself. Fresh food may be more expensive. Pick the best deal and run with it to save yourself a couple of dollars at the grocery store.
6. Find those deals
Grocery stores don’t just give coupons, there are mass sales that go on too. These deals can be worthwhile and are a smart choice to get more bang for your buck. And the best part? They happen all the time. If you buy stuff ahead while it is on sale, even if you may not need it at the time, you will have it when it is not on sale later.
7. Cardinal Kitchen
Take advantage of this organization. Cardinal Kitchen is a student-run food pantry that both students and faculty can use. Students can receive free food and toiletries. Go to the Office of Student Life on the first floor of the L.A. Pittenger Student Center any Tuesday. While hours have been 5–8 p.m. in the past, Cardinal Kitchen updates its hours every semester, so keep an eye on your BSU emails for opening hours and location. Emergency openings can also be coordinated by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.