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5 Essential Tips to Save on Grocery Shopping You Should Know

on Tuesday, 30 August 2022. Posted in Grocery Shopping

We can all agree that grocery shopping is exhausting. From planning meals, driving to the store, and carrying heavy bags to unpacking them into the fridge and pantry…, the time and the cost it takes are dreadful. In 2022, food inflation is estimated to increase by 8.5-9.5%1 in the US, and our cost of living won't stop increasing! Yet, no matter how anxiety-inducing it is, we all need to go grocery shopping. Here are five fundamentals of saving more on grocery bills to get the most out of your precious dollars.

1. Plan your meals ahead of time!

Planning a menu for the week can sound overwhelming. But thankfully, plenty of recipes are available online. Look in the fridge and jot down what you have at home. The Internet is a life-saver in searching for what you can make out of what you have! If starting from scratch, you can search for dishes made with the same or similar components to begin your meal-prepping routine! These habits will let you buy fewer items, making it easier for you to plan, buy, and prep. 

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2. Make a shopping list and stick to it!

An interesting statistic reveals that people spend an average of 42-minutes2 in one grocery shop. How long do you think your usual grocery run takes? Besides the variable factors, such as family size and the frequency of shopping, it’s easy to imagine that the more time you spend in a store, the more money you spend! To prevent you from wandering around in a store buying more than you need, an essential and practical tip is to make a list and stick to it, especially when you are hungry! There is no need to rush, but the shopping list will certainly help you with a smooth in-and-out of the store.

3. Allocate some budget for extras.

You may live on a tight budget, but remember that you are allowed to reward yourself! You can set a price point, for example–$10, before going grocery shopping. If a new flavor of your favorite snack catches your eye, you can say YES to an item lower than the $10 you set. Adding the pause before your purchase lets you prevent impulsive purchases and still allows you to indulge in some treats!

4. Use store loyalty cards.

Many grocery stores offer loyalty programs to earn points per dollar and redeem them later. Most are easy to sign up for and offer great deals. Some stores are also starting to implement digital loyalty cards, which you can store on your phone! No more forgetting them at home! 

5. Use grocery coupons!

You may think that couponing is only for dedicated coupon-clippers who spend hours poring over circulars, but that’s not the case. There are many ways to get coupons nowadays without spending much time clipping them. All you need to do is to browse some print-at-home coupons! You can print them at home and redeem them in-store! It is the ultimate life hack to save on your grocery bills. 

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We hope these simple tips will help you save on your monthly grocery spending and make your shopping experience less tiring!



2. CreditDonkey

5 Principles of Easy Meal Planning

on Monday, 12 September 2022. Posted in Cooking

It's that time of the year again– the kids are back in school and hungry! It's not easy to plan new and entertaining meals day after day. This blog will share the most effective tips to make your meal planning more accessible and enjoyable!

1. Make a list of your family’s favorite meals. 

Get the kids involved in meal planning! You can ask them for meal ideas for the week or take this activity further by asking them to create the list of ingredients needed for the dish. These activities will let your kids eat what they want while also helping them develop creativity and logical thinking. Need help getting started? 

Download our Weekly Meal Planner HERE! 

2. Make daily themes.

To all moms who said, "getting the kids involved is the worst nightmare!" you can still enjoy the time with your kids by planning a theme such as "Taco Tuesday" and "Pizza Friday." This easy exercise can help ease your hassles by giving you enough variety with less brainstorming and giving your kids something to look forward to.

3. Chop Everything at the same.

As you come home from grocery shopping, go ahead and wash, rinse, and chop all the vegetables before putting them away. You can store the chopped vegetables in zip bags or containers to make your next meal prep easier and ingredients last longer. Creating a meal planner can also help you with the plan for the portion and the shapes to cut the vegetables! It’s a bonus if you can utilize coupons to purchase the lower-priced items in bulk!

4. Cook Once, Eat Twice.

There are plenty of ways to use leftovers so you don’t need to start from scratch every day! With a bit of creativity, you can transform last night's dinner into a new meal. Fried rice and pasta are the go-tos when it comes to leftover makeovers! Try using different spices and herbs to give them a new twist, and enjoy them thoroughly! 

5. The Key is Flexibility.

There are no rules in meal planning and you don’t have to be overly strict! Stick to your usual breakfast and lunch with a few varieties, and start by planning for dinner. When you want a break, consider taking advantage of meal delivery services that can do the grocery shopping for you with easy-to-follow recipes! Not everybody is perfect, and that's okay. Use what's available wisely!

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With these tips in mind, you'll be able to plan delicious and healthy meals for your family efficiently and enjoyably! 



1. Taste of Home

2. Jennifer Gabel Health


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