Save on Groceries without Coupons

I’ve really been thinking about how to save money on groceries, food in general really! It is one of my 2014 goals! I even asked my Facebook readers for their best tip on how I could do this.  I received lots of great comments, of course many about coupons.

THANK YOU to those who responded.

After evaluating our meals, grocery budget and my past coupon experiences I had a light bulb moment. The kind that makes you think really, you’re just now thinking of that.  That’s when it hit me…you can save on groceries without coupons.

How to Save on Groceries

I knew I had to do something besides using coupons.  I have tried that route many times and it’s just not for me.  Then I realized it’s not so much that I needed to save money on more food but instead I needed to be responsible with what I was already buying.  Which in the long run will save me money.

Here goes…I’m a waster!  I’m not proud of it but I toss out a lot of food every week! I plan to eat things for left overs but I end up throwing it out because I leave it in the refrigerator too long. I also buy way too much food for the pantry.  I think because my husband and I both have 4 siblings each, we think lots of food is normal.  So now I plan to make enough to always have left overs for our staple meals like spaghetti, taco soup, chili, etc. but I will freeze it right away.

Also, as I told you in my New Years Resolutions post that one of my goals for the new year is to plan my weekly meals.  Part of this plan will include my leftovers.  The other part of the plan will include grocery store sales.  Although I will not be clipping coupons, I will pay attention to what is on sale.  Then I can stock up on something that we use often.

So here’s what I have…

  • No coupons
  • Planned meals
  • Buy what is on sale
  • No more wasting food

I’m excited to think of having this under control.  This is an area in my homemaking that I have given lots of thought to but never quite like this.

By the way…that is my pantry in the picture! It will be getting an organizational makeover very soon 😉

How do you keep your grocery and food bills under control?  I’d love for you to share!

Happy New Year Sonya with snowflake

87 Comments

  1. I enjoy your blog so much! This is one of my resolutions too, to get a grip on money spent on food. I cannot coupon either! To me, it just seems like a huge time investment and I just stink at it! I can’t tell you the coupons I’ve thrown away because I’ve let them expire. I’m just not good at it AT ALL ! One thing that I am guilty of is spending a LOT of money on packaged cookies, crackers, chips, etc (snack type foods) instead of spending the bulk of money on food for MEALS!! I am hoping to spend more money and energy on preparing MEALS and hopefully we can “fill up” on that more and lesson some of the need for feeling like we need a bunch of snacks in the house!

  2. A trick I learned from my grandmother is to keep a quart freeze container in the freezer for the left over veggies that aren’t enough to use again like single serving or less. When the container is filled, add tomatoes and meat if desired for veggie soup. I have even added left over roast to my container if I had any left so meat was already included!

  3. I’m with you, ladies! I cut coupons, but forget to use them. Plus I feel that most generic or store brands are still cheaper than name brand w/coupons anyways. We eat a lot of processed foods in our house, pizza, Hamburger Helper, etc. I’m sick of it! My biggest problem is planning ahead. Another difficulty for me is not being home at meal time. My kids have various activities during the week that conflict with meal time and we end up eating fast food. :(. Suggestions on that? Sometimes I have something in the crockpot for when we get home, but who wants to eat supper at 8:00?
    We waste A LOT of food here too.

    We an do this! 😉

    Laurel

  4. I’ve tried freezing cooked hamburger in the past, but I always feel it has an unusual taste. You don’t find this with yours?

    Laurel in MN 🙂

  5. I do not…I don’t love to cook so if I have to do too much I’m afraid I will not stick to it. I think I just need a good recipe but I really don’t know where to start with baking from scratch!

  6. DO YOU MAKE YOUR OWN MIXES LIKE BISCUIT MIN CORNBREAD MIX? THESE ARE HELPFUL. I ALSO MAKE UP CAKE MIXES WHILE I AM AT IT SO ALL I HAVE TO DO WHEN I NEED IT IS AD EGGS AND LIQUID. I USE LESS NOW AND HAVE MORE LEFTOVERS SINCE WE ARE DOWN TO 2. AM LEARNING HOW TO COOK LESS, THIS WILL TAKE TIME.

  7. I think those are all great ideas! I spend about 5 minutes looking at coupons a week. I especially use them for hair/makeup/cleaning products but don’t really find that they usually save me a lot of money on food. Although if you are really hardcore I’ve heard that shopping at multiple stores and buying only what’s on sale at each helps. I don’t have that sort of time! Thanks for the tips!

  8. Yes, lots of junk in that pantry…I will admit, there is a bit extra right now because the kids are out of school for 2 weeks and I have a teenage son who brings home friends ALL the time!

  9. THANK YOU, this is a wealth of information for me and my readers! I can already think of a few places I’m wasting money! Happy New Year ~Sonya

  10. You know I probley do the extreme version if this. I believe it is also how I stay on track with eating healthy… If it’s not in my house we (I) don’t eat it! Plus I know when I come to your house I can always get a cookie! Lol

  11. Great tips! I used to clip coupons all of the time but rarely do so now since we don’t get the paper. I do use the ones that Kroger sends me in the mail and love that they are personalized for the Kroger brands that I buy. Meal planning is key for me and also keeping a stock of ingredients for an easy pasta for nights when I need an emergency meal. We also buy a quarter of beef each year from my friend at school and I love that I have that on hand at all times. I’m going to take your challenge to look on-line at the sale circular on Sunday to catch items on sale for meal planning and to also stock up on essentials when they are cheaper.

  12. Around 6 months or so ago I started doing a lot of cooking one day and then freezing it. It gives me some nights where dinner is just easy. I also buy green peppers and onions in bulk and then run them through a food processor, spread them on a cookie sheet, put then in the freezer for 15 minutes or so, then move them to a bag, this way your peppers and onions don’t stick together. I brown all my hamburger meat at once, rinse well with warm water, drain well and then onto the cookie sheet, then when it is just frozen enough I bag it, shake the bag every so often while it finishes freezing and you will have crumbles you can just take out and cook with. I precook meatloaf and freeze it as well.

  13. We are a teacher and a construction worker with four kids, including a couple of hungry teenage boys! I usually buy generic (although there a few things where name brand matters, but most generics are made by the name brand companies so there is literally no difference). I shop in season (so no grapes or berries in January for example) and sometimes buy extras when things are freshest and cheapest and we have a small garden, so I can freeze or otherwise preserve produce. We live in a rural area, so some things are cheaper from the neighbors or the farmers’ market than the grocery store. In fact, the cheapest milk in our town is hormone free and at the local gas station, so take some time to research and shop around. Also, things like whole chickens and chicken thighs or other parts are cheaper than boneless, skinless chicken breasts and you can use the bones and other bits to make broth. Pork is cheaper than beef usually, so I make spaghetti and chili, etc. with pork sausage. We do meatless meals as much as we can (and often stretch our proteins with cheaper staples like rice in the taco meat, or meatballs with bread crumbs). Beans and eggs are filling and cheap. On the weekends, I take all the leftovers out of the fridge and everyone gets a little of everything or whatever they like best for lunch (and if there isn’t enough for six whole meals, I add some fruits or veggies). I don’t buy processed stuff, it s so much cheaper to make cookie dough, bake a few for dessert or whatever and freeze the rest of the dough for next time someone needs a cookie fix. And by not having chips, soda, etc in the house, it cuts down on mindless snacking. It is a little more work to measure out flour and sugar, etc. to make cake or muffins, but you have to add things to the prepared mixes anyway and you still have to wait for the oven to preheat! Plus, when snacking is more work (popcorn kernels are way cheaper than microwave popcorn, but you have to measure and add your own flavor), you really have to decide if it is worth the effort! Finally, we cut down on our non-food items. We only use trash bags in the kitchen, the other cans either use shopping bags or just don’t need liners since the things in them are not messy or smelly. We use mostly homemade cleaners (vinegar is way cheaper than Scrubbing Bubbles!) We use cloth napkins and newspaper to wash mirrors and glass. I use Tupperware (with lids!) as much as I can and avoid Ziplock bags, plastic wrap, etc. I am sorry to write a novel, but this has been my goal for a long time and I have learned a lot!

  14. Yes….I’m right ther with you and adding one thing.
    I noticed your pantry, like mine, has a lot of packaged processed food. My 2014 goal is to buy less of that and try to cook and bake using better quality ingredients. In doing so, I figure I should have a nicer looking pantry…not so stuffed with bags and boxes and also have a better temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in. I know busy mom’s still need to rely on the help of these quick helpers but I am at a point in life that I can take a little extra time if I just do a better job of planning. Thank you for the no coupon approach….I haven’t been terribly successful using them either!

  15. This is an area I’m planning to work on seriously too. I do clip coupons but use them haphazardly. My goal is to shop sales more carefully and menu plan using what is on hand. We usually have lots of groceries here but we are still guilty of eating out too much. So….planning and following through is probably the key for us.

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