How to Save Money on Groceries to Beat Rising Food Prices
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Wondering how to save money on groceries with rising food prices? Check these tips out!
Grocery prices making you feel less than jolly? 👎🏼
Even in the winter of 2022, inflation is still causing the price of everything to spike, and rising food prices are no exception. So, it begs the question: how DO you save money on groceries nowadays?
What’s even scarier is that while grocery prices are leaving us with empty wallets, you’re just as likely to walk away from the store empty-handed thanks to empty shelves across the nation.
Here’s why experts say we’re seeing rising food prices and empty shelves:
Since June 2021, grocery prices have risen by 10.4% (the largest increase since 1981). This is largely in part due to low inventory thanks to supply chain issues, shipping delays, and staffing shortages.
However, other factors such as the effects of COVID-19 on the economy, bad weather, poor crop yields, and strong demand have all contributed to this rise. Unfortunately, there’s no end in sight to this trend of rising food prices.
Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place! Here are our BEST tips on how to save money on groceries:
1. Start with coupons. They really can save you a lot of money on groceries.
And no, that doesn’t mean you have to start snagging every newspaper or whipping out the old coupon binder 🤪. We make couponing easy by sharing all the top coupon deals both printable and digital. Plus, for a one-stop shop of the best coupons and deals in your area, be sure to save our Target, CVS, and Walgreens ad roundups — they’re updated weekly!
2. Don’t shop hungry! Meal plan instead!
When you meal plan, you avoid the last-minute ditch to grocery shop on busy weekends or weeknights when you’re busy, hungry, or just plain out of ideas! Study the weekly ads linked above, make a list, and be prepared to go to more than one store to get what you need until the supply chain turmoil subsides.
3. Make the farmer’s market your best friend to save on save on fresh produce, dairy, meat, & more.
From growing your own home garden to only shopping what’s in season, it’s not as difficult as you think to save on fresh produce and meat. You may also consider making a regular routine to check out farmer’s markets in your area as they often have the best prices! View this map to find local farmer’s markets near you.
HIP TIP: Be sure to shop closer to the end of the farmer’s market time frame, as that’s when they’ll likely offer you the lowest price!
Check out these AWESOME meat money-saving tips on our sister site, Hip2Keto, too!
4. Don’t let your money (or good food) go to waste!
You can freeze and reuse more food items than you think, especially pricier groceries like dairy products. As a quick guide:
- Milk can be stored in the freezer up to one month
- Cheese in the freezer can last up to 6 months
- You can freeze eggs up to one year!
Head here to find out the best tips & tricks for freezing unused dairy products.
5. Buy in bulk to save on groceries in the long run.
Hip Sidekick, Lina says Costco’s pre-made meals are an affordable option and great for busy weeknights too!
6. These money-saving apps make a huge difference.
We can’t say enough good things about the top money-saving apps like Ibotta, Fetch, Flipp, Flashfood Locations, or Coupons.com to earn cashback on your grocery purchases. They’re FREE to download and some have options to link your purchases at other popular stores like Amazon and Target automatically, so it’s truly a no-brainer!
7. Yes, you can even save on adult beverages too.
Don’t let wine and other liquor be the reason you blow your grocery budget. These tips & tricks can help you save big on adult beverages any time of the year.
8. Amazon’s Subscribe & Save helps you save on groceries (& gas).
This is one of the easiest ways to save big on groceries and household products without leaving home (and no additional gas expense!) AND, the more Subscribe & Save orders you have, the bigger discount you receive. Plus, it’s free & easy to cancel anytime, and you don’t need an Amazon Prime membership to take advantage of this awesome perk!
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9. Don’t pass up discount stores in your area.
We’re becoming bigger & bigger fans of new discount stores, like ALDI. While their prices are increasing too, you’ll still pay significantly less for so many items compared to traditional grocery stores.
And our readers have come up with some great suggestions too:
Grocery pick-up and not having to take kids shopping with me that way I only get what is needed. – Angela
Buy a whole or half of a cow from a farmer. – Alisha
Use your freezer! Put leftovers in the freezer instead of the fridge. Can still warm up, if needed for lunches, but lasts much longer and can be used for meals on busy nights. – Beth
Meal plan around grocery store sales. Put snacks up high so kids can’t plow through them every 5 minutes 😂 – Christina
Anyone else feeling the sting of empty shelves and rising food prices? Help out our Hip2Save community and share with us in the comments how you save money on groceries.