Smart and Easy Ways to Save Over $100 a Month (!) on Your Grocery Bills

Check out our 6 simple tips for slashing your food-shopping expenses--without giving up the splurges you love

Want to keep your bill from hitting the stratosphere every time you walk into the grocery store? No, you don't have to give up all your favorite splurges (caramel-sea-salt gelato? micro-roaster coffee? organic almond milk?). Just tweak your shopping habits a little, and you can shave off $25 a week or more; that adds up to a very significant $100 per month. Here are some smart and easy tips to follow, and a breakdown of what each one can save you--based on estimated average prices at supermarkets nationwide:

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Buy a whole chicken (around $1.00/lb) instead of pieces ($2.50/lb for wings). If you’re buying 3 pounds’ worth of chicken, that’s roughly $4.50 in savings.

 

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Buy meat in bulk, even if you dine solo or have a vegetarian in the house. Family packs of ground hamburger (around $12.50/5lbs) are always less expensive than small packages ($2.95/lb). Too much meat? Freeze unused portions for future chili nights. Buy 5 pounds of meat and save about $2.25.

 

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Skip the lettuce sold in a box or bag (roughly $3.00), and buy it by the head ($1.00). Yes, prewashed and cut lettuce is a timesaver, but it’s costing you around $2 more.

 

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Who needs a vat of olive oil? You do, if you want to save a whopping $12.60 on this staple. A big 68oz. bottle of, say, Pompeian (around $19) equals four 17oz. bottles of Bertolli ($31.60 total) or roughly four 16.9oz bottles of Filippo ($30 total).

 

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Store brands can save you a lot more than you think. If you pick Hy-Vee orange juice, for example, over Tropicana ($5.30/gallon vs. $8.60 /gallon), you save $3.30.

 

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Go ahead and buy some of those non-necessities you're craving—like, say, ice cream (no offense, Ben and Jerry's). But do cut down on your spending by embracing cash-saving shopping apps like Favado, Smoopa, Coupon Sherpa, and Yowza. With Smoopa, a free mobile app, you can get rewards if you share your bargain finds with other users. We recently test-drove Favado, an app that can help you save up to 70% on groceries, and landed a 16oz container of Ben & Jerry’s for $3.25 at Target; meanwhile its regularly priced counterpart at Baker’s, a Kroger-owned regional chain, was fetching $4.90. Savings? $1.65 (we limited ourselves to just one pint).

Total weekly savings from all our bargain-shopping tricks above? $26.30. That's more than $100 a month-- in our case, it was a whopping $105.20.

 

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