How to Save Money on Canned Goods

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It’s all about how to save money on canned goods today. Do you know what the best part of canned goods is? You probably guessed it, they last for what seems like forever, and you don’t have to worry about eating them right away. This also means that you don’t need to buy a can or two every time you head to the store. 

All you have to do is learn to have patience and be smart about when you buy them. Here are the best times and ways of saving even more money on canned goods the next time you plan on stocking up. Here is how to save money on canned goods. Please stock up on these.

Saving Money on Canned Goods 

Pay Attention to the Flyers

The first trick to saving you money on canned goods is by paying close attention to the ad flyers.

Throughout the year every store imaginable will have canned goods on sale at some point. When you find a deal that’s too good to pass up, make sure you get into that grocery store sometime during the week. 

Don’t Count Out the Drug Store

You’re probably thinking, “yeah, right.” No, seriously. Your local drug stores have become more competitive to get more shoppers in their stores.

Their whole focus is not limited to your pharmaceutical needs. Stores like CVS and Walgreens have sales on canned goods at certain times of the year too. 

Stock Up During Price Drops 

Sometimes grocery stores have great in-store price drops that might not show up on their ad flyers. Again, if you see an awesome price on certain canned goods, be sure to stock up.

Be sure to pay attention to must-buy quantities and limits that they put on them to avoid any frustration at the register.  

Buy in Bulk

Buying in bulk is also a great way of saving money long-term on canned goods. Don’t be afraid to buy a year’s supply, as most canned goods will last you two to three years. Make sure you have room to store what you buy.

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You might look a little crazy, but who cares, you just found a great deal. Just be sure to have a designated space to stash away your huge savings.   

Family-Size Cans

Resorting to family-size cans on canned goods can save you a chunk of change too. Most families need to use two cans for their meals, and smaller cans are usually pricier this way. If you have any leftovers, you can always freeze it. 

Sign Up For Store Loyalty/App

Another great way of saving money on canned goods is by getting signed up for their loyalty program or downloading their app. This will help you save even more money on loss-leader canned goods that require a loyalty card.  

Check Unit Prices

When you’re looking for the best value on a can of green beans, look at the unit pricing that most stores put on their shelf tags. This is a helpful tool that the stores provide to help you take advantage of the best values. 

Generic Brands are Just as Good 

While shopping for great deals on canned goods you don’t have to turn to the national leading brands for great quality on canned vegetables and fruits. Believe it or not, the generic store brands of canned food work just as well. 

While they might be preserved and seasoned slightly differently than Freshlike or Del Monte, you can always throw an extra dash of salt or pepper to spice them up a bit. 

Don’t Forget Coupons

Several grocery stores allow you to use coupons on top of their already great prices on canned goods. Some grocery stores will even let you go as far as stacking coupons to have even further savings. This can be huge!

You could end up paying just a few cents a can if you go to extreme measures on your couponing skills.

You might also want to check up at the front of the store and see if they have any coupons in their coupons booklets that might help you even further. 

Marked Down Canned Goods

This one you might just have to get lucky. Grocery stores change up their store shelving about once a year and get rid of any items that might be slower movers.

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Keep your eyes peeled for clearance or last-chance canned food items that will cost less than half of the original retail. Sometimes digging through massive carts piled with goods is like a treasure hunt where you might very well strike gold.  

Avoid Expensive Canned Foods

Another money-saver tip, you also want to avoid buying certain canned goods such as canned meats, sauces, stocks, soups, and chili. If you have extra time, you can make these home-maid yourself.

Not only will you save a lot more money, but it’s also much healthier this way too. If you have a lot of leftovers, you can always throw it in the freezer for a later time.  

Organize Your Pantry

How is this one supposed to save you money? Organizing your food pantry by dates can help you use old cans you’ve had for a long period of time. This will keep you from throwing out cans that have long since expired. The end result, you’ll save money since you won’t be replacing expired items. 

Consider Preserving Your Own Canned Goods 

Preserving your own canned goods is one of the best ways to save you money on canned goods. Yes, this requires some time and energy on your part, but you can make large batches for a fraction of the price and store it on your pantry shelves.

I’m not sure why, but homemade canned goods are just that much better and more enjoyable than eating canned goods from the grocery store. Plus, you’ll be making grandma proud.  I highly recommend this USDA Canning Guide.

Final Word

You see, there’s more than one way to save money on your canned goods during your grocery visit. Which one on our list did you not know about before and will consider trying when you go to stock up on canned goods? If you’re the canned goods savings expert, what other ways have you found to save money on your canned goods supply? May God bless this world, Linda

14 thoughts on “How to Save Money on Canned Goods

  • October 21, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Be careful about marked down cans as some items on clearance are dented which can mean that it won’t last as long on a shelf as an undented can (most cans have a lining sprayed onto the inside to keep the food away from the metal of the can, and deep enough dents can crack that coating…) If you’re planning on using the cans in the next few weeks then a dented can is a bargain, but if you’re not going to use it for a few months (or longer) then there is a chance the food might spoil before you open it.
    Whenever I buy cans in bulk occasionally I’ll miss that one or two that are dented, so I move them to the front of my rotation system to use up ASAP. That said, undented cans potentially can last years past their marked expiration dates. I’m currently using ravioli cans dated 2016, tuna dated 2015 and some chicken soup cans dated in December 2014! YMMV. Of course, I try to make sure to use the oldest cans up first and put the new purchases (if undented) at the back of the system.

    • October 21, 2019 at 8:31 am

      Hi DMWalsh, great comment. If I buy a case of canned goods and see a can that is dented, I return to the store for a replacement can. I guess I’m too cautious, I will never buy dented cans intentionally. I learned too much at my Master Canning class about botulism. It’s just me. I feel so good knowing I have some cases of canned food because I can eat them right out of the can if I had to. Great comment, Linda

  • October 21, 2019 at 8:17 am

    One thing I have noticed about stocking up if there is a can limit is that using the store rewards card is not always the best idea! I purchased the limit during a sale and decided to go back to get more a few days later. When I checked out, I used my store rewards card both times. On the second trip, the checker told me that I had already purchased the store limit on that item. Just an FYI, be sure to check your store policy.

    I agree with dmwalsh568 on purchasing marked down cans. This can also apply to the normal stock on the shelves. I always check the cans before putting them in the cart, even if I am going to use the product the same week – I don’t know how long that can has been dented in storage so my preference is to NOT purchase any dented cans.

    Another way to save money is to watch for 10 for $10 sales. I have seen these sales primarily for boxed goods but this is a way to save big money!! I don’t often use those boxed meals but when I can get in on a big sale, I do. They are great to supplement our storage. I always repackage these for longer term storage. Also, if you do purchase these types of meals, they are a great way to support your local food bank at a reasonable cost to you.

    • October 21, 2019 at 8:32 am

      Hi Leanne, I love the 10 for $10.00 sales!! It feels so good to donate to the food bank because there are so many that need the food we give to them. Great comment, Linda

  • October 21, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Here’s a hint that I use for expired can goods although you don’t have to do it. I take out the expired cans and put several of them in zip lock bags, seal and freeze. Storing them is no waste and it makes room for more in my pantry. I know to use them 1st when cooking. Just my tip ! Happy freezing.

    • October 21, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Hi Brenda, when you do this are you taking the food out of the cans, right? I was thinking they may explode if you don’t. Great tip on using up the food that’s a little overdue the expiration date! I love it! Linda

      • October 21, 2019 at 5:17 pm

        Yes mam. I usually put 2 open cans to a bag in case company comes and then discard the cans or save clean cans for storing things later !!

  • October 21, 2019 at 10:09 am

    With your Store rewards cards you can stock up on other things too. I bought Red Barons Pizzas
    for 1.99 because I had a store rewards card. True not as good as homemade but awfully good. I looked in another store I shop at and they are almost 5.00, I made sure I bought 3. Also our local store has a
    app and I buy the sale items. They had 4 pound bag of sugar for 99 cents with the app. so I got it plus
    I got some other sale items. They had a 10 pound bag of potatoes for $1.99, so I got one. Also they
    had a 10 pound bag of chicken leg and thigh quarters for 37 cents a pound so for $3.70 I got one.
    My friend bought 3 bags, I didn’t have the room or I would have too. So sale ad’s and store rewards
    cards are great for other things besides canned food.

    • October 21, 2019 at 10:21 am

      Hi June, you are so right! Wow, you got some good bargains!!! Woohoo!! Linda

  • October 22, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Walmart carries several canned items, for 50 cents. You might check for these instead of 10 for $10… 20 for $10 works for me.

    • October 22, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      Hi Pat, wow, that’s a great tip! I will have to check out Walmart next time! Linda

  • March 24, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Although we normally make our own broths & stocks, ( we use A LOT ) I’ll be buying them this week. One of our grocery stores has a really terrific gas rewards program, & one of this weeks items is canned broth & stock. It will end up costing us a lot less money to buy these items & use the gas points, rather than paying outright for expensive gas! Love finding these win-win deals!

    • March 25, 2021 at 6:33 am

      Hi Amy, Oh, I love hearing this! It really is a win-win situation!! Yay! Linda


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