15 Ways Frugal People Save Money on Their Grocery Bill


High grocery prices don’t seem to be going anywhere, so it’s crucial to find ways to cut costs to help keep food costs low.

Here are fifteen examples of money-saving things you can do to spend less at the grocery store.

1. Waste Not, Want Not

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Food waste is costly. Plan to eat your food in a way that takes advantage of its freshness, prioritizing fresh produce and meat over pantry goods.

2. Shop Your Pantry First

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Before you make your grocery list, double-check your pantry: is there anything you can use up before buying another?

3. Never Shop Without a List

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Shopping without a list is a recipe to buy a bunch of food you don’t need. It can also cause you to miss something you need for a meal, which might then mean you order in and spend more.

4. Meal Plan/Prep

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A meal plan for the week is excellent, and preparing it ahead of time is even better! You’ll save an insane amount of time and money this way.

5. Invest in Food Storage

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Food storage, like quality bags and containers, can help keep your food fresher longer so you aren’t tossing it prematurely.

6. Never Go Grocery Shopping Hungry

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Even if you have a list, grocery shopping hungry will inevitably lead to you picking up a few extra snacks or desserts.

7. Use Your Store Loyalty Card

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Most grocery stores have loyalty cards that provide special offers. Don’t forget to bring yours when you shop and look for loyalty specials.

8. Clip Coupons

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A note about this tip: only clip coupons for items you already plan on buying. Clipping coupons for food just because it’s on sale isn’t saving money if you don’t usually have it on your grocery list.

9. Skip Prepared Food

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Prepared food isn’t worth the price most of the time. There are some exceptions (rotisserie chicken comes to mind) because they can save time and money. Still, it’s usually cheaper to make and prep things yourself.

10. Try Cheaper Protein Alternative

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Try your favorite ground beef recipe with tofu or beans. Both are less expensive but still offer a healthy serving of protein.

11. Go Veggie

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Add more vegetarian and vegan recipes to your rotation. Meat is expensive, and expanding your recipe repertoire is a fun way to keep yourself engaged in the kitchen.

12. Keep Your Pantry and Fridge Organized

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An organized pantry and fridge make it easy to see what you have, so you aren’t accidentally buying too much.

13. Start an Herb Garden

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Herbs can be expensive. They’re also often sold in such a way that makes it hard to use all of them before they go bad. Start an herb garden and only clip off what you need.

14. Track Your Spending

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Budgeting is essential, but tracking your spending to understand where your budget should be is equally important. Hang on to your receipts, see where you’re spending, and start making cuts as you see fit.

15. Buy Things You Know You’ll Eat

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Author: CJ Darnieder


CJ is a writer and musician from Chicago.  When he’s not practicing the divine art of stoicism, focusing on achieving a deafening inner quiet, or attempting to reconcile with the inherent powers of the universe, he loves to cook!

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