Our friends at Savings.com whipped up a detailed infographic about how grocery prices have increased, decade by decade, since 1900. Grocery prices are expected to increase btween 2.5 percent and 3.5 percent this year. Our Coupon tab has tons of resources (coupons, etc) to keep your grocery tab as low as possible.
More grocery savings tips
- Plan your meals ahead of time. Easier said than done! Nearly everybody I know has recommended this, and yet, we really still plan our meals around what’s in our kitchen. That said, I NEVER (almost never) run to the grocery store mid week to get “one thing” for dinner. I just make sure we have a few meats, a few starches, a few fresh vegetables and a few frozen vegetables each week. Then in the morning or after lunch I figure out what I’m going to make for dinner.
- Make a list. This is one tip I’m excellent at following. I find walking into a grocery store WITHOUT a list way too disorienting. And distracting. And time consuming. And expensive. The list is my permission to buy. If it’s not on the list, it had better be on super sale for me to buy.
- Make a detailed list. This may seem obvious, but I often make notes like “Oatmeal – if on sale” so that I know I don’t have to buy oatmeal if the price isn’t right. I also make notes like “chicken thighs – $.99/lb” so that I know what the price is supposed to be. It helps me find the exact item I’m looking for. Making a detailed grocery list is a MUST if you are making the list for someone else.
- Don’t be embarrassed to stock up on a lot of one item. Who cares who sees what you’re buying? Who cares what the cashier and bagger thing? If anyone says anything, respond with something like “can you believe the deals on ______?” Be content knowing that you are saving money by stocking up.
- Buy only what you need for that week. Recently, I challenged myself to only spend $100 per week for a family of four (including two little ones) at the grocery store. I realized I could easily do it if I stopped stocking up. Even though stocking up CAN be a good idea, I was overspending in the name of stocking up! Like putting more on my credit card than I could pay off each month (which I never do, by the way.)