Want to cut your grocery bill in half without spending hours clipping coupons or eating ramen?
It is possible.
This guide will help you learn how to save money on groceries using ten simple strategies.
Apply them all and you can save 50% or more.
How To Save Money On Groceries
#1) Shop At The Right Store
The easiest way to save money on food is switching stores.
Do yourself a favor and think about the 10 most common foods you buy. e.g., eggs, milk, yogurt, bread, meat, etc…
Then, compare the prices of these 10 items at the stores you frequent most. The difference can be substantial.
Sometimes, you can get the best deals by skipping the supermarket altogether. Amazon’s Prime Pantry service often has the lowest prices on household staples, and Imperfect Produce is a delivery company that brings fresh fruits and veggies directly to your door (for up to 30% less than retail).
You can read all about Imperfect Produce in this detailed review.
#2) Take Pictures of your Receipts
The best money saving grocery app is Ibotta (Has a rating of 4.5 with 59K+ reviews).
If you’re not using the app, you’re missing out on easy savings.
Here’s how it works:
- Ibotta is free to download
- Before you go to the store, search Ibotta to see what items are eligible for cash back
- When you get home scan the receipt and barcode of the product to get cash deposited in your account
Here are a few of the dozens of opportunities available right now:
- $1 on Bertolli pasta sauce
- $2 on Organic Valley String Cheese
- $4 on All laundry detergent
- $6 on Budweiser
My wife and I both use the app and have earned quite a bit:
What’s also great is that a lot of the offers are not tied to a brand. So, you can stick to your favorite brands and still save.
#3) Get PAID To Use Coupons
There’s a little-known way you can not only find coupons you need fast but get paid to use these coupons.
Yep, so you can get paid to save money.
This is a little-known hack of the popular app MyPoints.
Here’s how it works:
- Sign up for MyPoints here (get $5 just for signing up)
- Scan the coupons page and click on the coupons you’ll want to use
- Print the coupons (they print all on one page)
Pro Tip: There are other easy ways to earn points such as joining online focus groups, watching videos, or playing games.
For every coupon you print, you earn 1 point. You will get an extra 10 points for every coupon you redeem.
You can then turn your points into cash through PayPal.
What’s also nice is these coupons can be stacked with Ibotta. This is how you can get something for nearly free.
It’s worth mentioning MyPoints has been around since 1996, has an A-Rating from BBB, and has paid out over $236 million in rewards.
#4) Calculate Cost Per Meal
Over the next week, estimate the cost of each of your meals. This doesn’t mean weighing and measuring your foods. Instead, do a few seconds of math every time you eat.
I learned a lot the last time I did this. There were home-cooked meals more expensive then it would cost to eat out. More so, some of my favorite meals were actually the cheapest.
The goal is to stop eating the above average priced meals that are not exactly your favorites.
If you need some ideas for low-cost meals, the Environmental Working Group is a great resource.
Resource: Meal Planning Templates to Save Money
#5) Stack Cash Back Apps
But by far the easiest app to save money is Drop. That’s because all you have to do is set it up once, then it works in the background.
Here’s how it works:
- Download Drop for free and link your credit or debit card.
- Choose your favorite stores (stores include Walmart, Costco, Trader Joes, Safeway, plus dozens of others).
- Then whenever you shop at those stores, you earn rewards.
There’s no scanning receipts or taking pictures. You just need to link your credit or debit card and you earn up to 2% cash back in gift cards. Then, Drop has plenty of one-time offers to help you earn extra points.
- Related: 15 Highest-Rated Money Making Apps
#6) Use A Grocery Cash Back Card
Learning how to save money on groceries doesn’t have to be hard. For example, using the right credit card to purchase your groceries is just about as easy as it gets.
Consider the Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express.
The card gives you 3% cash back at grocery stores on up to $6,000 per year. There’s no annual fee. Plus, there’s a $150 statement credit after you spend $1,000 in the first three months.
The average family spends around $6,000 on groceries each year.
If you earn 3% cash back on $6,000, plus a $150 statement credit, you’ll be ahead $330 in the first year with the Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express.
#7) Stock Up On Sales
There’s no question stocking up on sales is a smart strategy. But to get the most savings from this strategy, it’s best to know how long the food you’re buying lasts.
This way you can stock your fridge, freezer, or pantry with low-cost food without it going bad.
For example, say you go through a lot of eggs.
Eggs last 3-5 weeks in the fridge, according to the USDA.
So, if there’s a great sale on eggs, buy three weeks worth. You’ll spend more money today but much less over the next three weeks.
#8) Get Free Gift Cards To Your Favorite Grocery Stores
Did you know you can earn free gift cards to stores like Walmart or Target by filling out surveys online?
By filling out a few surveys a day, you can earn around $50 to $100 in gift cards each month to help slash your grocery budget.
How it works is you sign up for free for a survey site and then you’re notified by email when a qualifying survey is available.
For example, here’s a survey opportunity recently sent to me:
Not all offers are this good, which is why you want to sign up for a few sites, but every once in a while you get one like this.
By far the favorite survey site of readers of The Ways to Wealth is Survey Junkie.
With over 5,000,000 members, Survey Junkie is one of the largest survey sites around. You’ll be happy to know Survey Junkie has an 8.8/10 rating on TrustPilot, which is highest among survey companies.
They also are known for their fun surveys, such as rating new music.
It takes less than a minute to sign up and get started.
Then, you’ll be sent qualifying surveys via email.
And of course, it’s 100% free.
#9) Don’t Discount Online Shopping
We buy some groceries from Amazon Pantry. Here we get stuff like coconut milk, baby wipes, soap, toothpaste, etc…
The first tip to save is to use the monthly subscription option. If you ship 5 items in a single month, you get 15% off your entire order.
The second tip for saving big is to use Swagbucks.
If you shop online and you’re not using Swagbucks, you’re missing out on some big savings.
How it works is you sign up for Swagbucks here.
Then, Swagbucks gives you rewards for shopping through its links. (They share the referral commission they get with you).
You pay the same price either way, however, by starting your search at Swagbucks you get up to 20% back.
#10) Paribus (for online shopping)
If you’re going to shop online (for groceries or anything else), you have to check out Paribus.
Paribus is a free site that gets you cash back on items you bought online when the price drops. In other words, it’s like getting price matching even weeks after you purchased something.
It’s free to sign up. Then, once you do it scans your email archives for receipts. When Paribus learns you bought something from one of their monitored retailers (including Amazon, Target, Walmart and 20+ others), it tracks the price. When it learns a price has dropped, it helps you get a refund.
Another benefit with Paribus is that if a delivery shows up late, Paribus helps you get money back for what you paid in shipping.
Here’s a recent example from my own account. Below is the notification from Paribus I received after an Amazon Prime delivery was late.
Five days later, I get this email from Amazon offering me a free month of Amazon Prime or a $5 gift card:
*Paribus compensates us when you sign up for Paribus using the links we provided.