10 Ways to Save Big Bucks on Your Weekly Grocery Bill

Give these money-saving secrets a shot—and treat yourself to something with your savings!

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Become a Loyalty Rewards Card Holder

Sign up with your cashier or at the service desk for a loyalty rewards card. Those benefits can add up, with most stores offering discounts or free items just for being a member.

These are the smartest deals at your local grocery store.

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Shop on Double-Coupon Day

Coupons can make all the difference in your bill. And when you shop on double coupon day you save double the amount! Be sure to check your store’s policy on how many coupons you can use and the maximum amount you can save, and try to use your higher value coupons on that day.

These are the couponing secrets(!) you can unlock with your phone.

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Select In-Season Produce

Berries in the summer, squash in the fall. When fruits and veggies are in-season you will often find better prices. Know what is seasonal to your area and look for sales on that produce.

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Choose Whole Vegetables

Those pre-washed salad kits come at a premium. Consider buying whole vegetables instead of the bagged stuff. (The convenience is too good to be true.) You may find the whole vegetables also last longer because they are not cut and washed. You’ll likely get more volume when you purchase a whole head of lettuce instead of a bag.

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Skip the Shredded Cheese

Shred your cheese at home and save some cheddar! The cost of shredded cheese per ounce is usually higher than simply buying the same amount in a block and shredding it yourself. (Here are more reasons why you should shred your own cheese.)

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Buy in Bulk, But Beware

Buying in bulk can save you a lot of money (and trips to the store). Usually, the price will be better on a bulk package than an individual item. But not always—so be sure to do the math.

Here are five items to buy in bulk, and some to avoid.

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Scope out the International Aisle for Staples

The international foods aisle is a treasure trove of goodness! You will find lots of staples here including tortillas, rice and spices, often at better prices than in other areas of the store.

Find out what to buy at your local Mexican grocery store.

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Watch the Store Ads

If your favorite grocery store has an email list, sign up for it, and be sure you’re on their physical mailing list, too. Scope out the ads for specials that week and take note to stock up. Plan your week’s meals based on what’s on special in the ad.

Here’s the HUGE money-saving secret in a supermarket’s weekly ad.

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Choose the Store Brand

When it comes to dry goods, boxed or canned items, oftentimes the store brand will be just as good as the higher-priced name brand item. (This is one of the reasons why Aldi and Trader Joe’s are so cheap!)

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Stock up When Meat’s on Sale

Meat can be a large line item on your grocery bill so pay attention to when it’s on sale and stock up. When you get home, portion it into the sizes you will need for meals, label it (include the purchase date) and freeze it. This will save you from having to buy beef or chicken at full-price because you’ll always have a stash in your freezer.

Kristin George
Kristin George is a lifestyle + parenting writer and content creator living in Milwaukee, WI, with her husband and three boys. She is the founder of Dotted Comma, a marketing consulting agency driven to "cause a pause." In addition to her family and writing, she loves coffee, yoga, traveling, and making lists. You can connect with Kristin at dottedcomma.com.