On my last grocery store trip, I found some great savings by buying in bulk. Whenever possible, I stock up on meats, canned goods and baking goods. It’s a relief for a busy mom to know that her freezer and pantry are stocked when it comes to meal planning for her family.  Because we live a hour and a half from our nearest Costco or Sam’s Club, I rely on our local Raley’s grocery store to provide me with the savings I need for my family’s grocery budget.

This last trip I stock up on chicken breast because they were on sale for $1.97lb. When meats like this are on sale, I buy as much as I can (usually 3-4 packages), then freeze what I am not going to use for the week. I always freeze in portions that are perfect for my family–always having different sizes of zip-loc freezer bags on hand; they are a lifesaver when it comes to freezing and allowing plenty of room in your freezer.

The most important step to a weekly budget is to come up with a plan for every meal, snack and beverage you’ll need over the course of the week. Review your local grocery store ads and plan your menu according to what’s on sale that week.

An easy way to save money is to plan ahead and write out a grocery shopping list. It’s very easy to purchase items at the grocery store that you don’t need simply by not being organized. I never woryy about those impulse buys (cookies, brownies, etc.), but it’s important to only stock your home with what you need if you want to save money at the grocery store.
Coupons are another lifesaver when it comes to grocery shopping. You can find these in your weekly newspaper, usually twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays as well as online.  Your local grocery store will usually have extra e-coupons on their website so always be sure to check there when making your shopping list. Here’s what my local Raley’s grocery store is offering this week; Get $5 off  coupon for your next grocery store trip when you spend $20 on Kraft foods. Here’s what you can get:

These are just some suggestions to help you save money on your grocery bill. How do you save money at the grocery store?

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