The Fast-and-Healthy Method to Saving Money at the Grocery Store

This post was written by Amy Suardi. Photo credit: coanri/Creative Commons

If aren't an extreme couponer, and you prefer not to stockpile, invest in industrial-sized jugs of ketchup, or drive to six different stores, don't fret.

There is a quick and simple way for you to seriously cut your grocery bill and feed your family whole fresh foods.

Here's how you do it.

1. Look up your favorite store's sales flyer: online, in the newspaper, at the store, or in the mail. When the kids are in bed, or during your lunch break, take a few minutes to peruse the offerings.

2. Look for foods you like, or you would like to try, with special attention to the best deals, such as "Buy One, Get One Free" offers, or $2 off per pound.

3. Spend minimal time -- two minutes max -- clipping coupons right there in the flyer.

4. Write down your finds in the order you would see them as you walk through your store. (Or click, add to your online shopping list, and print.)

And voila!

The last time I really focused on this approach -- buying only sale items -- I cut my grocery bill by almost half. I bought mostly fresh fruits and vegetables, plus meat, cheese, bread, fish, nuts, and eggs.

I spent a tiny bit more time than just screeching up to the market and chucking stuff in my cart. But I gained a lot -- $62 off a $147 grocery bill -- without overcomplicating my life.

This one-stop shopping method is also great for women who shop with children since most of the legwork is done at home.

What is your favorite strategy for saving at the supermarket? Tell us in the comments.

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