25 Ways To Save Money On Groceries Today

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We all need a few ideas on how to save money on groceries, right? I am glad I learned the skills when I was younger to eat on a small budget. I grew up on some food I couldn’t afford to feed my family, and that might not have been that good for me, but I am still alive and well. Here’s the deal…I very rarely buy fresh meat. It does not fit into my budget. My husband would love some fresh salmon or some juicy steaks…sorry that’s not going to happen.

We would rather save money and use it somewhere else.  I’ve outlined below some ideas for you to review and decide if they would work for you and your family as you try to eat healthy without going broke.

Save Money On Groceries Today

1. Make meals at home:

If stay away from fast food and restaurants-trust me you will save money and know what is in your food.

2. Learn to make bread:

If you can use the dough to make scones, cinnamon rolls, Navajo tacos, pizza and my dinner rolls

3. Biscuits:

Make are a great way to make a meal stretch and easy to make: Homemade Biscuits. Do you love the feel of dough as much as I do?

4. Keep Beans In The Pantry:

available to make chili and a variety of soups. I have a large variety of beans in my kitchen pantry. I buy them in bags and in cans. They are so much cheaper in the bags…usually half the price of the canned ones. But the food storage person that I am tells me to store all kinds of beans. I store lots of beans, every kind of bean possible. They are a great source of protein. If someone stops in to visit I can throw together a great pot of chili!  Here is a yummy recipe: Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili.

5. Save money by storing pasta:

Buy or make your own pasta. I know this can be a little scary for people to think of making pasta, but it really is easy. All the ingredients are in our pantry to make our own pasta. I also realize that meal preparation time is important with all families, and it does take extra time, but it also saves you money. Although kids love making pasta, it does take extra time…just saying…

6. Check out your local grocery store:

Ask when they bring out the discounted meat-take it home and freeze it

7. Make your own spaghetti sauce:

….easy peasy. If you can/preserve your own tomatoes that could be used for the sauce that is awesome, or just buy tomato paste, add water and spices. You can even freeze your excess tomatoes you have without peeling them. I make spaghetti, chili, lasagna, you name it. Easy peasy. I blend them in the blender so I can’t taste the skins. Freeze Your Excess Tomatoes.

8. Learn to make freezer meals:

Here is a great link from my friend @ Frugality Gal. She is an expert at saving money and being frugal.

9. Most of us get flyers in the mail with coupons:

Here’s the deal with coupons…only use the coupons on food you really need and are not processed food items. I do like coupons to save money on toothpaste, diapers, toilet paper, shampoo and conditioner.

10. Purchase a slow cooker:

This will save you time and money…you can cook almost any meal in a slow cooker.

11. Buy canned chicken:

Or pressure can your own chicken and it’s ready to throw into any slow cooker recipe, soup or casserole

12. Stock up on sale items when your budget allows it:

If your pantry is stocked there is no need to go to the grocery store. The more you stay out of the grocery store….the more you save money.

13. Rice can stretch any meal:

Brown rice will not store as long as white rice. I could have rice every day. Spanish rice, herbed rice, chicken over rice and just plain rice with butter, salt & pepper. One of my favorite rice recipes: Chicken, Rice and Water Chestnut Casserole.

14. Learn to grow a garden:

If you have a small or large yard most can produce enough veggies or fruits to sustain life. If you can produce enough to preserve in jars, that is even better.

15. Get a FoodSaver:

Buy stuff in large packages (if it is cheaper, compare the cost per oz or lb) and make your own baggies of cheese or nuts. I buy large bags of nuts and seal them in smaller bags for the freezer. I use mine for brown sugar, raisins, #10 cans I have opened and want to store in smaller glass jars. The list goes on and on how you can use this gem.

16. Save money by:

Buying case lot food items that you will for sure use. I have to have Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup. I have tried cream of chicken soup recipes from scratch…nope, I do not like them nearly as much. Some things you must buy processed. Processed is a bad word…but this one is a must for me.

17. Cabbage is a great salad maker for me because it lasts longer than lettuce:

Add a little olive oil and Balsamic vinegar…yummy!  I buy large bags of spinach and freeze them in smaller bags for smoothies or omelets. In the summer I pick lettuce from my garden. Lettuce is really easy to grow. My favorite is: Burpee Butter Beauty Lettuce. You can also make 6 Different Salads for 6 Days and use a FoodSaver to remove the air to make the contents last longer. I have had them last 2 weeks.

18. Stock up on your favorite spices: 

My favorite spices are pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and cayenne pepper. These would be my favorites for beans and main dishes. Of course we still need the other yummy spices for cookies….just saying…yep I have a sweet tooth.

19. Save time and money by freezing your cooked pasta:

I have 20 ways to use frozen pasta. It’s great for meals at the last minute.

20. Make a cake from scratch….not from a cake mix box.

This is our family’s  favorite cake: Utah/Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake.

21. Pick up an extra can or two each week for your pantry:

If you want to have a few items for long term food storage here is the list I recommend:  20 Items To Start Your Food Storage.

22. Experiment with different grains and seeds:

Have you tried Quinoa? Just the word scared me. Yep, what in the world is Quinoa? Now I love it! Now I buy red, black and white quinoa in larger containers to save money. Check out  How to Cook Quinoa.

23. Diced Tomatoes:

I can make most any meal with some diced tomatoes. I know this might be part of the canned good case goods, but I would buy or can as many tomatoes as possible. Dehydrating them is great as well. I make my own Rotel tomatoes…just add some green chilies..love it! Can you smell the garlic bread you can make to go with a pan of lasagna?  One Hour French Bread. Save money again by making your own garlic bread!

24. Roasted Chicken:

Did you know that some stores sell the chickens at half price if they are not sold within a certain amount of time? Good time to stock up, debone and freeze it.

25. Buy chocolate on sale after holidays:

The stores drastically reduce the price. You can use a FoodSaver to preserve them a bit longer. Or you can freeze them. I need chocolate…it’s who I am. Holiday Candy .

If you have any more ideas to add to my 25 ways to save money on groceries….please drop me a note. I will add them to the list! Here’s to saving $$$$.

 

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27 thoughts on “25 Ways To Save Money On Groceries Today

  • August 28, 2014 at 8:07 am
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    Thank you for this list. It has some very great ideas that I will start implementing.

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    • August 28, 2014 at 8:21 am
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      Hi Julie, thanks for stopping by! Groceries are soooooo expensive…we all need to cut costs! Hugs! Linda

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  • August 28, 2014 at 9:50 am
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    Thank you Linda for all the great ideas for saving money on groceries. I, like you, started my own garden 2 years ago and I can/preserve my cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers etc. I also look for bulk sales on meat to take home to can or freeze separately for a quick meal. I reuse old glass jars for combination spices like italian seasoning spices that are partially empty to save space in my cabinet.

    If one doesn’t have a green thumb for growing their own vegetables in a garden or space is an issue for them, go to their local farmers markets and check out their fresh vegetables one will be amazed at how inexpensive items can be. I buy my raw honey at my local farmers market and bee pollen (tastes nasty but is very high in all Vitamin B’s to ward off colds).

    I love your site and you have such great ideas which I implement daily myself.

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    • August 28, 2014 at 1:47 pm
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      Hi Kristi, oh you just made my day! I work really hard to share ideas and I learn so much from my readers like you! I love farmers markets. I am hoping to get peaches this weekend at one in Hurricane, Utah! Yay! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs! Linda

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      • August 28, 2014 at 7:15 pm
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        You’re so welcome Linda! I went to my local farmers market yesterday and bought fresh red, yellow, orange and green bells and onions and today I julienned all and packaged them with a cut up jalopeno in each gallon zip-loc bag and froze them for future meals for fajitas or stir-fry.

        It was a great day of shopping!

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  • August 28, 2014 at 10:49 am
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    coupons, coupons, coupons – for the stuff that we need to stockpile on… 😀

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    • August 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm
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      So true for about coupons and stocking up on stuff! Love it! Linda

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  • August 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm
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    Thanks, Linda for all your saving ideas, recipes, and all the help that you give me!!! I really appreciate you being so willing to share. I really look forward to your blog! Thanks again. LaRene

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    • August 29, 2014 at 10:19 am
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      Hi Larene, we all have to save every ppenny these days. I do not know how people are feeding their families. The prices are ridiculous! Thanks for always motivating me to keep going! Hugs! Linda

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  • August 29, 2014 at 9:39 am
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    I make an effort to dry and can what I can rather than freeze–power outage???
    Why freeze tomatoes when I can dry them, seal in a mason jar and save space.
    I don’t use coupons ever–I already buy generic ‘EVERYTHING’ so they don’t have coupons.

    I sent this article to my contacts–yeah, they are preppers and already know these facts and implement all these; but they may send to someone that needs to know these things to help store foods and save money.
    Some need a little nudging.

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    • August 29, 2014 at 10:22 am
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      Hi JJ, I try never to freeze things because of power outages too. I only blend and freeze one or two pints of tomatoes when I have a few extra that will not make a full batch to can in the canner. I wish we could nudge more people to understand the importance of having food storage and learning how to garden. Plus preserving our food in several ways. Thanks for stopping by! You rock! Linda

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  • August 29, 2014 at 10:50 am
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    Go to the farmers market and see if you can buy the 2nds. Definition of 2nds: The vegetables that look undesirable. When we go to the farmers market we bought 50 lbs of 2nd Tomatoes. We paid $25 for them took them home and canned them.

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    • September 1, 2014 at 6:20 pm
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      Hi Vodin, I am going to go look for the seconds at our farmers markets! Great idea! $25.00 for tomatoes is awesome! Thank you! Linda

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  • August 29, 2014 at 8:56 pm
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    Been ‘stocking up’ for over a year now. Did not go to the stupormarket this week- because I didn’t feel like it. (Also- the stuff I have stocked has to be rotated). One thing I am now doing, (which I wish I had done when I started)- is to write with a felt marker on the can or container, the date that I bought it, and what it cost). Food costs have risen dramatically since I started stocking up- this can be seen at a glance, and the date that the stuff was bought is also important.

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    • September 1, 2014 at 6:22 pm
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      Hi David, I cannot believe how the price of groceries keep going up and up! Great idea about the felt tip marker. The dates as well! I do not knnow how people can continue to feed their families with these prices. Thanks for stopping by! Linda

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    • September 6, 2014 at 11:34 pm
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      David–be careful about discarding out of date, use by, or best by…I have foods from 2008. Canned goods, boxed, all from 2008.
      I even have cake mixes years old and they are fine.
      Many of the sites with shelf life data are not accurate.
      I have canned fruit from 2008 that is fine. Canned tomatoes that many warn of discarding—they are just fine.
      But, kept in cool, dark room. No heat, no sunlight.

      Good luck.

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  • August 31, 2014 at 9:05 pm
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    Onions are not too difficult to grow and I dehydrate them (only way I can eat them) and store either in a ziplock bag or a jar. I do put them in the freezer too, but a power outage will not affect them. Dehydrate my extra tomatoes too! Love your tips!

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    • September 1, 2014 at 6:28 pm
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      Hi Susan, I love dehydrated and freeze dried onions. I love dehydrating my extra tomatoes as well. Sometimes I dry them or freeze after using the blender to puree them! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs! Linda

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  • September 3, 2014 at 11:15 pm
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    Thank you for posting how to cook Quinoa! I have tried to cook it twice now. All I was told was to cook it like rice. I will try soaking it the 5 minutes like you suggested.

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    • September 4, 2014 at 4:41 am
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      Hi Julia, You actually have to cook it a bit longer than rice. I let it set for a few minutes to steam a bit more in the rice cooker or the pressure cooker. Once you get the hang of it you will love it. Let me know if you still have problems. We will figure it out. Linda

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  • September 6, 2014 at 11:44 pm
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    I had a shock today at Kroger’s. I have always paid $2 for Tang, and $1.50 on sale. I know because my just opened Tang is labeled July, 2013..paid $2.
    Well, I didn’t want to open my large containers from Sam’s so stopped to get the small containers and it was $3.79—-yes it was!!
    With the plus card, I paid $2.29 and was still shocked!!

    I read a post that walmart has it for $2.50 now, and $2 on sale.
    Wow!!

    That price I paid was a 13% increase in one year!!
    At walmart, it is more than a 20% increase if the full price is bought.

    I worry that food stamps can not keep up with inflation and what will those recipients give up??

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    • September 7, 2014 at 9:22 am
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      Hi Jayjay, I am also shocked at what food prices have gone up to this last year! I feel like I am going backwards like when I was first married. We will be eating a lot of rice, beans and pasta. I do not know how large families are feeding their them. I make bread or we would be would be in trouble. 20% increase in anything is just not right! Thanks for commenting! Linda

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      • October 7, 2017 at 5:34 pm
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        I am fortunate to have a WinCo near me for grocery shopping. They beat everyone’s prices including Walmart! Even so I noticed on Friday when I was there that some of their prices are also going up. Its good to know there is no inflation according to the government! LOL I am finding that the house brands are often just as good and are much less expensive often times. Limiting desserts also saves money as does cutting out snack foods and in between meal snacking.

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        • October 7, 2017 at 6:20 pm
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          Hi, JoEllen, I have seen the same thing, Walmart is not always the cheapest place. LOL! No inflation, we can hardly afford to feed our families! My two daughters live by a Winco, and they love it! Now, that you say desserts, it makes me want a brownie! LOL! Linda

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