Frugal QC: 5 tips to save money grocery shopping | Food and Cooking

Saving money on groceries is hard, but possible. Unfortunately, we do not have the grocery stores that double or triple coupons to really save money on groceries, so we have to work with what we have to keep the bill down.

It can definitely feel like a waste of time to go searching for coupons and save only a couple bucks. Save couponing for household products to open up more cash in your budget for groceries. Instead, just pay close attention to the ads, buy products that are on sale and meal plan based on the sales. Just last week, I picked up a 2.5 lb. bag of frozen chicken breasts for $3.99 and cooked it all in my Instant Pot to have shredded chicken for a couple meals: tacos, BBQ chicken, chicken salad. Make a list and stick to the list so you don’t spend more on impulse.

2. Stock up on low prices

When you see a super low price, stock up. Having a pantry and a deep freezer can help you keep some products stored away so you don’t pay full price later. Over the summer, Hy-Vee, Walgreens, and Target all had great cereal sales, paired with in-ad coupons or gift card offers and manufacturer coupons to bring cost down to $1 or less per box. So I stocked up because my children eat a ton of cereal. I stock up on anything I can keep or freeze when the prices are lowest, like canned veggies, pasta and meat. Occasionally do a pantry challenge where you cook meals for several days based on what you already have in the house.

Grocery ads come out on Wednesdays, so look through each store ad to compare prices. The best prices can vary weekly between Fresh Thyme, Hy-Vee, Fareway, Schnucks, Target or others, so pick the best option for the week. Look for short-term sales that might run only two or three days, but have really low prices and plan to shop during those days. Plus, compare regular prices at different stores to see where…

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