12 Money Saving Grocery Tips

This is a guest post by Megan Roosevelt, RD, LD. It originally appeared here

There are a lot of reasons why people tend to be hesitant to shop for “healthier” grocery items. “Eating healthy is too expensive” is a common statement I hear. I also hear, “Whole Foods, how about Whole Pay Check!”. The truth is, eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. Sure it can be, especially if you take your current shopping list and just put the word “organic” in front of every item.

Most American’s rely heavily on meat, cheese, and dairy as household staples, yet these can be the most expensive grocery items, whether they are organic or not! Eating and shopping healthy can be very affordable if you have a game plan, know some savvy grocery shopping tricks, are shopping efficiently each week, and if you are open to making some changes when it comes you and your families diet.

Below is a list of my top 12 tips for saving money while grocery shopping!

12 Money Saving Tips

Megan Roosevelt is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian known as the “Healthy Grocery Girl®”. She is an author, regular nutrition expert for TV, radio, magazines, and a dynamic entrepreneur as the founder and CEO of Healthy Grocery Girl®

  • http://shadesofgreenneo.blogspot.com/ Starsx7

    most coupons are for over processed foods. Only a few and they are far between are for frozen or healthy foods…

    • http://ehkitchen.net/ Alyssa B

      So true. Once and a while I get coupons from Kroger for produce, meat or cheese, but most coupons I find are for processed stuff.

  • http://ehkitchen.net/ Alyssa B

    These are good tips! I follow most of them, except I don’t pay with cash.
    The best tip is to look for manager’s specials or markdowns, especially on meat and produce, and take advantage of your freezer.
    My local Kroger store sells misshapen and blemished produce in nets for a dollar. They are usually near the end of their prime, so I cut them up and freeze them as soon as I get home. I do the same thing with meat nearing the expiration date. I put dinner sized portions in freezer bags, then thaw when I’m ready to use them.
    My second tip is to shop around for the best price.
    I shop at 2 stores each week because I know one usually has lower produce prices and the other has lower prices on pantry staples. It doesn’t take too much extra time but I save about $20 a week.

  • kalliea

    2 other cost savings tips are to cook from scratch and grow your own. If you have a busy schedule you can set aside a day to prep many meals so they are easy to cook the day of or make large batches and freeze smaller portions. You can grow a lot of food in small spaces or containers.

  • jadegreen_eyz

    Recycle your leftovers- even small amounts can be frozen, accumulated, and used for a newly created meal. A pot roast with gravy and vegetables, can become beef and noodles. Leftover meatloaf can be used in spaghetti sauce; cut up the meatloaf, and then toss in a diced green pepper and a can of mushrooms into your sauce. A roasted chicken is great recycled into a pot pie. We are coming into soup season, another frugal way to use leftovers. Google recipes using leftover meats.

  • The Candid RD

    Couldn’t agree more, with all of these! Great tips.

  • Julie

    The tips given are pretty much “duh” for anyone who is interested in saving money when grocery shopping. Something new would be more helpful. :) Virtually the only way to find coupons for healthy food is to go to each manufacturer’s website. I’ve found, more often than not, that they basically ignore you once you sign up for them to email you coupons. My time is also worth something and by the time I spend an hour hunting coupons, it ends up being more expensive than just paying the shelf price at the grocery store.