It is VERY important to me to eat healthy for as little as possible because I don’t have a lot of extra money to spend of groceries. Also, I kind of make my living teaching people how to save money at the grocery store so I figure if anyone can eat a ketogenic diet on a budget, it’s me.
Here are 5 tips you can use every week at the grocery store to save money on real food.
Use the local ads
Every week the stores in your area put out their ads. You can use the Flipp app to see all those ads in on your smartphone, then just look through them and look for any amazing deals. Then either go to Walmart and ad match (if your Walmart still does that) or go to the store with the best deals for your shopping.
Buy in bulk
Either shop at a bulk warehouse like Sams or CostCo or find a local butcher shop where you can buy half a cow or an entire pig at one low rate per pound. I’ve done this from time to time and you can usually negotiate an easy monthly payment with your meat market and get about 6 months of meat at one time. You also see if there is a CSA or something like Bountiful Baskets in your area to save on produce.
Shop early in the morning
This tip is specifically for meat. Every morning the meat department at your local grocery store will look through the meat and start discounting the older meat for quicker sale. You might want to ask about what time your store does this but I know if I hit my store about 10 AM, I can usually find some great deals.
Use smartphone apps
There are several apps you find here that will give you money back when you buy certain foods and usually produce is included in the rebates. For instance, right now Ibotta has discounts on onions, peppers, eggs, cheese, and more.
I use these tips every week to make sure that I’m spending at little as possible at the grocery store. If you find them useful, please leave me a comment and let me know!