Beginner’s Guide to Saving Money-Part 3: Food


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Welcome to part 3 of the Beginner’s Guide to Saving Money.

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We save money on food in a variety of ways some that take very little time and some take a bit more time but all of them result in savings. My suggestion is to pick a few of these ways and slowly incorporate them into your shopping method.

  1. Use Coupons at the grocery store and price match.
  2. Avoid eating out – If you can learn how to cook well then you will be able to feed your family well and hopefully the cravings for fast food and restaurant food will dissipate.
  3.  When you do eat out use a coupon and/or look for kids eat free options. When you order your food  get water instead of soda and save 1.50+ on each meal. Skip the appetizers and the dessert and buy some fancy ice Cream on th
    e way home instead!
  4. Swagbucks has grocery coupons and you earn 10 SB for each coupon used. So for every 50 coupons used you earn an apx. $5 gift card. I’ve used my swagbucks giftcards to buy things at Amazon or get Starbucks for years.
  5. Cart 51 & Ibotta are both android apps that you earn money when you shop. They are not effected by the use of coupons. You simply have to have a receipt with the correct item purchased on it and you get the credit. I tend to use Cart51 because it is less specific then Ibotta but both of them return a % of your purchase.
  6. Use a grocery shopping list. You can use Ziplist like me, paper, pre-printed list but whatever you do have a list don’t let your eyes and your stomach guide your shopping trip.
  7. Menu Planning – I use ziplist to plan our meals, create my grocery list & store recipes. It syncs with Google Calendar so I can see my meal plan for the day when I check my calendar. Additionally, it lists all the sales for the items that are on my list. Menu planning prevents random trips to the grocery store where copious amounts of money is spent needlessly.
  8. Stack Savings- This is when you use more then one coupon on online savings method on a single item. So perhaps you have a coupon, online coupon, ibotta & cart 51 savings on Suave this increases your savings.
  9. Check the Clearance Rack
  10. We buy clearance meat and freeze it until we are ready to eat it.
  11. Buy Meat on Sale and stock up on it
  12. Read The Complete Tightwad Gazette
  13. Read America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams

I have written a lot about Grocery shopping so here is your homework a few posts on consistently saving money at the grocery store.

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So how do you save money on food in your corner of the world?

 

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

17 thoughts on “Beginner’s Guide to Saving Money-Part 3: Food

  1. We love coupons in this house. I used to be an extreme couponer a few years back. But since we started eating more gluten free I have found that not as helpful. But for tolietries and things like that its really worth the clippings. I cringe at the idea of paying full price. And thanks for introducing me to the the Swaggbucks and Ibotta. Great article!!

    1. Extreme couponing is just not for me I do not have enough time in my day as it is I can see why you stopped. I’m glad you learned something here, I know I’ve learned a lot from you.

  2. I do everything on your list there except for the apps and I’m not an avid couponer. If I find a coupon I know that we’ll use, or we’re buying something that I know there’s usually coupons for (I go find some then), then I’ll use them. Good pointers!!!

    1. Yes, I try to coupon but I am just not very good at it. Maybe I have too many kids or spend too much time homeschooling. Oh, well I’ll keep trying. The apps were new to me but I live in a college town and someone walked me through them. I hate change but I love saving money. Thanks for stoping by!!!

  3. Stopping by from Homeschool Mother’s Journal. Some good reminders, and some stuff I’d never heard of, like swagbucks. Will have to go check it out. Thanks. 🙂

  4. I do most of this already, although not the apps or coupons. Those don’t seem to exist for organic and non-processed foods. I had Ibotta for a long time and I think I used it maybe twice. They should! I don’t really mind paying more though; I cut costs in other ways, like not paying for TV service and making my own cleaning products.

    1. check out 51 works for organic foods. They will simple say “milk” and they don’t care what kind. Additionally, you can contact the organic food providers you use most often and get on their mailing list/email lists and have coupons sent directly to you.

  5. These are awesome tips. I use menu planning, but in Italy there are NO coupons. So its hard. Stopping by via Monday Mommy Blog Hop

  6. I love the swagbucks idea…I always seem to forget about that one! I read something on Money Saving Mom at some point, about a mom who earned the $50 walmart gift cards and used them in her grocery budget. I’m sure it takes a while to earn THAT many swag bucks, but what a great way to slash that grocery bill! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Using coupons in the UK isn’t as efficient as in the US. We find the best ways to save include having a meal plan and buying reduced food (that is supposedly due to expire soon)

  8. Such great tips!
    I love the Tightwad Gazette and still have my copy. I keep it to inspire me to continue on.

    Coupons cannot be beat -I don’t use as many paper ones as I do digital now. The savings are great!

    Have a great day!

  9. The clearance rack is the love of my grocery life, really any shopping adventure I find myself on! I also love ibotta, what’s better than saving on stuff you’ll already buy?!? I’ll have to checkout Cart51!

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