Budget Grocery Shopping: Getting More Nutrition For Less Money
Everyone wants to save money, particularly with the current state of the economy. Coupons are available everywhere — newspapers, grocery stores, grocery store rewards programs, food magazines, phone books, daily/weekly mail circulars, you name it.
Over the past decade, internet access has increased and the trend of "clipping" online coupons has followed. Most grocery stores have printable coupons on their websites and weekly/daily specials or meal deals. Most grocery stores will also accept any manufacturer coupon if they have the product available. Check your local grocery store's coupon policy.
Most coupon websites provide coupons for a variety of products, including grocery items. You can choose your location or zip code for local coupons. Finally, print the coupons list and take it to the store!
Some coupon websites may require you to become a member or give an email address, but they are free of charge to use. However, watch out for some websites that may ask for your credit card information, as these websites will charge you for their service.
Suggested Coupon Websites
More Quick Tips
- Search for coupons that you and your family will get the most out of.
- Make a list of the recipes you will prepare for the week based on the coupons you have available, and add the ingredients you need for those recipes to the list. Add your staple items to the list, such as milk, bread, eggs, etc. Making a list will prevent you from buying unnecessary items and spending more money.
- Don't go to the store hungry. Have a meal or small snack before your trip.
- Buy products in bulk that you and your family use frequently, such as cereal, nuts, snack packs or sandwich meat. Bulk products are less expensive than individually wrapped items.
- Take advantage of meal deals and produce sales.
- Store brand combination meals: Buy one main products such as ground beef, and get pasta, spaghetti sauce, garlic bread and a bag of salad for free.
- Store brand items are almost always similar in quality and taste as name brand items and you can save about 30% on your grocery bill.
- Consider buying frozen produce. Frozen foods are almost as nutritious as farm fresh and often there is less waste than fresh that might spoil before you can finish it. Fresh produce can be expensive so make sure to buy what is in season.
Blog post co-written by Lisa Hastings, Clinical and Sports Dietitian and Jessica Kirk, Dietetic Intern