20 Clever Ways To Save Money On Groceries

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Before you go shopping, clean out your pantry and fridge, and take stock of the items you actually need.

Before you go shopping, clean out your pantry and fridge, and take stock of the items you actually need.

Don't be like me and buy coconut milk when you already have two cans hiding in the corner.

Taking a look in your fridge/pantry can also give you ideas for dinner recipes using the ingredients you need to use up!

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Always head to the food store with a list, so you don't end up like Ellen here straying away from the plan.

Always head to the food store with a list, so you don't end up like Ellen here straying away from the plan.

Going into the grocery store without a plan = buying overpriced frozen food and 12 bags of white cheddar popcorn.

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Plan recipes ahead of time, and you will be the boss of that food store. Check out some amazing budget-friendly dinners for ideas.

Plan recipes ahead of time, and you will be the boss of that food store. Check out some amazing budget-friendly dinners for ideas.

Get the full recipes from Tasty.

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Skip the meat one, two, or even three days a week, and watch your grocery bill shrink! There are plenty of high protein vegetarian dinners out there.

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Meat is expensive, and meatless meals can make a huge difference in cutting down your grocery bill. I recently ate vegan for 30 days, and I spent at least $20 less on groceries every week!

Get more vegetarian meal ideas from Tasty Vegetarian.

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Prolong the life of your veggies with ethylene gas absorbers so no vegetable goes to waste.

Prolong the life of your veggies with ethylene gas absorbers so no vegetable goes to waste.

Promising review: "I am single and like to eat salads. My lettuce, cucumbers, etc., would get wilted and mushy fast. These little balls work very well. My veggies now last much longer and that saves me money. I'm very glad I got them!" –altonlady1103

Find more tips for making your food last longer.

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Save money on produce by shopping at your local farmer's market.

Save money on produce by shopping at your local farmer's market.

Farmer's markets cut out the middle man, which is better for the environment and your wallet (less transportation costs!). Check out the national farmer's market directory to find a market near you.

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Keep track of the items you buy most frequently, and check their prices at various stores to make sure you are getting the best buy! If you shop at Walmart, you can use their savings catcher.

Keep track of the items you buy most frequently, and check their prices at various stores to make sure you are getting the best buy! If you shop at Walmart, you can use their savings catcher.

This sounds like a lot of work, but it is worth it. Once you figure out what you eat most of and who has the best price, you can keep shopping there and save money every month on your grocery staples!

Or, let the Grocery Pal app do the work for you. It will help you find sales and deals at your local stores based on your shopping list. Download Grocery Pal from the App Store or on Google Play.

If you shop at Walmart, you can plug your receipt number into their savings catcher to make sure you got the best prices possible.

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Preserve fresh herbs in an herb saver so your ~green~ doesn't go to waste!

Preserve fresh herbs in an herb saver so your ~green~ doesn't go to waste!

Features: three removable dividers to store a variety of herbs, max water fill line, stores easily in the refrigerator door, fresh herbs last up to 10 days longer

Promising review: "Finally found a great herb keeper. Tried many kinds. Like this one the best so far!" –MT

Get it from Jet for $19.99.

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Check to see if your grocery store has a grocery app. Some apps will load coupons automatically, and curbside pickup can be a big money saver.

Check to see if your grocery store has a grocery app. Some apps will load coupons automatically, and curbside pickup can be a big money saver.

Think about it. You can order curbside pickup from Walmart at home as you take stock of what you need, get your groceries, and go. You won't be caught in the clutches of the frozen food aisle or wander off to buy anything you don't need if you don't go in the store!

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Research what's in season each month, and buy tons of it while prices are low.

Research what's in season each month, and buy tons of it while prices are low.

Idk about you but I'll be buying many a mango this month 👀.

Find out what is currently in season near you from Seasonable Food Guide.

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Invest in a food saver that'll save you tons of money in the long run. It's perfect for vacuum sealing produce so it lasts longer, or freezing everyyything.

Invest in a food saver that'll save you tons of money in the long run. It's perfect for vacuum sealing produce so it lasts longer, or freezing everyyything.

Promising review: "Absolutely love it. Using it to vacuum seal lettuce and other veggies in 1/2gallon mason jars. It's been two weeks, lettuce is still green and fresh. AMAZING! I leave this on my countertop and use it daily with zipper vacuum seal/reseal bags to store cheese, lunch meat, etc.. I've vacuum sealed and frozen sausage, bacon, and chicken. I can see how food will stay fresh longer, and save us money. Love it, and would recommend it for any size family." –AVernon

Get it from Walmart for $140.

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If you're just shopping for one, go to the butcher directly to get just a few slices of bacon or two chicken cutlets vs. buying family packs you don't need.

If you're just shopping for one, go to the butcher directly to get just a few slices of bacon or two chicken cutlets vs. buying family packs you don't need.

Dinner for one just got easier.

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Look for generic and store brands above and below eye level in the grocery aisles. That's where they hide the cheaper stuff đź‘€.

Look for generic and store brands above and below eye level in the grocery aisles. That's where they hide the cheaper stuff đź‘€.

My grocery store carries so few store brands overall, and they def. stock them where you gotta look 🙄.

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Be open and on the lookout for the best prices in unexpected places. One of the best places to look is the dollar store.

Be open and on the lookout for the best prices in unexpected places. One of the best places to look is the dollar store.

I buy my cans of coconut milk for $1 each at the dollar store near me. You never know what's out there until you look!

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You holding onto your dollars and all the food:

You holding onto your dollars and all the food:

Reviews here have been edited for length and clarity.

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