70 Ways To Cut Your Grocery Budget In Half (Without Clipping a Single Coupon)

 

Looking for ways to cut your grocery budget in half (without clipping a single coupon?) While I save a bundle with coupons, the bulk of my savings come just from shopping strategically, which means you don't have to clip any coupons at all.

 

 

I also enlisted the advice of the ladies in our Dinner's Done Facebook group on this post (they had so many great ideas!) If you'd love to get encouragement on making dinner every night, I highly recommend joining this free group ~ go HERE to check it out!

 

 

  1. Always shop with a grocery list
  2. Actually stick to your grocery list once you've made it
  3. Menu Plan
  4. Shop Aldi
  5. Be cautious when buying in bulk at Costco and Sam's Club (more info HERE)
  6. Try out Fresh Thyme or Sprouts for crazy low prices on produce
  7. Always shop Fresh Thyme or Sprouts on Wednesdays during double ad sales day
  8. Always (always) shop your store's sales ad
  9. Know your prices
  10. Stockpile when you see a good price
  11. Substitute with things you already have (no buttermilk on hand? Mix vinegar and milk)
  12. Shop without children
  13. Shop without your spouse. 🙂
  14. Buy produce in season
  15. Eat your leftovers
  16. Shop your pantry fridge and freezer (then use All Recipes ingredient search to make a meal)
  17. Learn your store's markdown schedule
  18. Shop the store brands
  19. Use Ibotta
  20. Start a garden
  21. Load store digital coupons to your card
  22. Try shopping once a month
  23. Check the unit price to make sure you're never spending too much
  24. Buy diapers and toilet paper on Amazon
  25. Checkout Checkout 51
  26. Use Favado
  27. Take advantage of Walmart's Savings Catcher
  28. Buy in bulk
  29. Pay with cash
  30. Skip the pre-packaged stuff
  31. Don't use paper towels
  32. Or trash bags
  33. Buy double ply TP and only use single sheets. (TEASING. Just checking in to see if you're still awake.) 😉
  34. Make seasonings and sauces yourself (get a few of my favorites in the index at the back of this free cookbook)
  35. Store deeply discounted items in your freezer (get the full list of what to freeze over HERE)
  36. Have breakfast for dinner once a week
  37. Don't cook more than you need if it will go to waste
  38. Only buy meat when it's on sale
  39. Shop early in the morning when meat markdowns have just been made
  40. Ask the butcher to cup up large bulks of meat to get the best price
  41. Rotate your pantry so food doesn't expire
  42. Make baked goods from scratch (homemade bread, anyone?)
  43. Cook in bulk
  44. Ask stores to price match
  45. Don't shop if you're hungry
  46. Learn the map of your store so you get in and get out fast
  47. Skip any pre-cut meats, fruits, or veggies
  48. Buy big roasts (pork and beef) when on sale and cut them into 2 or 3 chunks, making for several meal (thanks Tiffany!)
  49. Buy eggs
  50. Don't buy bottled water
  51. Use this database to see which stores in your hometown have sales each week on items you're purchasing
  52. Buy a rotisserie chicken at Costco or Sam's and use the meat in soups, stews, and casseroles
  53. Keep a running log of how much you spend at the grocery store each week
  54. Eat eggs
  55. Shop more than one store
  56. Use cloth napkins instead of paper
  57. Skip paper plates
  58. Repurpose glass jars (or use mason jars) and store your homemade dry mixes
  59. Learn to can your own foods
  60. Create a price list for your area (Thanks Ashley!)
  61. Re-use your grocery sacks
  62. Pick up produce in large bags instead of buy the piece
  63. Don't buy pre-packaged salad blends
  64. Use up every single thing in your pantry
  65. Try out shopping online using Kroger Click List or Walmart Grocery Pickup so you avoid buying extras you don't need
  66. Avoid the kid snack traps, like packing your own goldfish, making granola bars, relying on fruit, etc (thanks, Amy!)
  67. Base your meals on sales, buy lots of meat when it's on sale and freeze the extra (thanks, Nicole!)
  68. Instead of using foil or plastic wrap, store food in re-usable containers
  69. Reinvent leftovers. Bones from cooked meats can be turned into broth. Use the trimmings and peels from celery, onions carrots for flavor in the broth. Repurpose leftover bits and pieces into something else. Bake extra chicken, use it in other dishes or on a salad. (Thanks, Robin and Vicki!)
  70. Prioritize what you need most and cut out non-essentials. We no longer buy things like soft drinks, paper towels, most packaged or prepared food. Buy ingredients and cook from scratch. So much healthier for you too (thanks, Tami!)

 

 

 

What other things do you recommend to save on groceries without clipping any coupons? Leave a comment to share ~ I love hearing from you! 

 

 

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  1. Fatin Burley says

    Great information. I do alot of these already . But I appreciate the new ideas

  2. Keep an eye on how much money is spent on drinks, switch to water instead when possible.

  3. Watch the price per meal! Even though frozen pizzas might be on sale, it still might be cheaper to make your own. I make crust in bulk with bread machine and freeze. Many recipes can be cheapened with cutting expensive ingredients in half or all together. You might not need that can of olives or using half pack of bacon instead of a whole.

  4. what about those of us who are single? I buy little jars and cans of things because I’m not much for leftovers, because it’s just me. Any ideas????

  5. I shop by the rule of $1. What ever I buy it has to be as close to $1 as possible. If it’s not I ask myself is this absolutely necessary? If it’s not but I really want it I wait until the end of the foods and see where I’m at and if it fits with the budget. I can feed a family of 5 (2 teen boys and 1 teen girl) on $150 a week.

  6. The biggest savings come when I am not in the grocery store. I STUDY and MARK UP the grocery flyer for the sales. I review my coupons and the store coupons. I have a menu plan, and I have checked my refrigerator, freezer and pantry. I use one store and work its reward system as much as I can. This includes gas discounts that come with the card. I also pay with a credit card that is paid off in full every month. The card I use has a very nice reward program.

    After I shop, I review my receipt and log the amount spent and the amount saved into my daily organizer book. I look for future ways in which to cut the bill.

  7. Lori Harrington says

    Here is my question. Do you count non food items in this budget? Like shampoos and asprin?

    • Hi Lori! I do count things like that, but often buy things like TP and paper towels on Amazon so those aren’t always included. I usually get shampoo REALLY cheap at Kroger with Mega Sales and Kroger digital coupons (I typically only pay a few pennies for those!)

  8. How do you get shampoo for pennies? I never find coupons for the brand we use in the adds so I throw them out. The plumb never has thing we use in it any other adds I should be looking for? I have 4 adults and a teen girl n a 6 yr old so always looking for ways to stretch our small budget. Thank you

  9. Theresa Clemmer says

    I have three dogs and 3 cats. I also a dog breeder (shih tzu). Canned pet food is very expensive. I make my own dog food. Ground chicken, turkey, pork or ground beef come on sale frequently. I fry the meat and remove the fat. Add some dog friendly seasoning. Bring to a boil and add brown rice and fresh veggies like broccoli and carrots. Thicken with a cornstarch and water. Much healthier and cost efficient. My batch using just a pound of ground meat is good for 5-7 days. Cost $$ under $10. Canned dog food would be $20 a week. My dogs are very healthy have great teeth, clear eyes and shiny coats. Its a huge cost savings

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