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hey guys today I'm going to share with you some tricks to save money at the grocery store I know all of you love my budget haul videos so I thought that you would appreciate knowing my secrets to saving money at the grocery store let's start with number one eat in season right now it's summertime and berries nectarines grape tomatoes yummy vegetables and fruits are in season right now and for that reason they are cheaper at the grocery store I also find that they taste better when you're actually eating them when their season appropriate number two coupons I'm not really into clipping out my own coupons but you do have the option to go onto coupons calm red plum calm there's a few other websites where you can actually go on and print out coupons for foods that you are already buying at the grocery store you can also go on to your favorite brands Facebook pages and sometimes they have coupons for you to print out there too 3 make a list duh but don't just make a list meal prep and create a menu if you do this you're going to know how much you need of each item so that when you go to the store you can get enough so that you don't have to do midweek trips that often include impulse buys so create a list create a meal plan and get after it number 4 don't shop hungry if you're like me and you shop hunger you buy everything the store everything looks good so before you go to the store eat a meal have a nice lunch have a nice breakfast and then go shopping before dinner there's always a million people there especially on Monday and Tuesday's and you end up buying way more than you need so eat a meal before you go don't shop hungry number five go generic some of my favorite foods to buy like Oh cereals frozen vegetables by buying the generic version you're really not sacrificing any taste or quality you're just going to save money so don't be afraid to buy generic number six is something I do I shop around I know what stores have the best prices so when I need to do some staple shopping I'll go to Aldi because I know that they are the cheapest there four other things I like to go to Trader Joe's for some of my sauces in different condiments and frozen vegetables and then there's hopefully taupe it's actually has some great deals on things but also same with Target Sean's stop and shop we all have different grocery stores and I liked shop around to get the best deals possible which brings me to number seven use your iPhone when you go shopping I love this new app called grocery pal you enter in your zip code and then it lets you know what the sales are at the stores near you so if you know you love to eat Greek yogurt you can go and see what store has Greek yogurt on sale that week it also will let you know if there are $1 great tomatoes when Aldi has this week near me $1 for grape tomatoes I wouldn't have known that if I hadn't downloaded the grocery pal app but you guys can download it it's free and you guys can save some money by checking in to see where some of your favorite products are being sold at a discount number eight buy in bulk especially when things are on sale now if you're worried about them going bad preserve them using either canning freezing or even drying if you have a dehydrator I love buying things in bulk especially meat when they're on sale because you can get them from cheaper prices and then I just put them in the freezer so each week when I figure out what I'm having I can take them out so that they saw number 9 buy your meats with the bone in or if you're buying seafood with the shell or bones still in if you buy chicken bone in it is way cheaper and it actually does taste better you have to roast it a little bit longer but just remember to take the skin off to remove some that excess fat you don't need if I were to buy shrimp at the grocery store without the shell it would cost me more money so take a few extra minutes yourself to buy it with the shell on and just do it yourself to save some money number 10 go vegetarian for some of the meals that you eat during the week beans are extremely affordable and so by factoring in a few vegetarian meals each week you are going to end up saving yourself some money number 11 avoid buying prepackaged foods or pre sliced produce grocery stores are charging you major dollars to do some of the dirty work that really doesn't take that much time so avoid buying the prepared and pre place number 12 pick a credit card that actually rewards you for shopping at the grocery store I have one that gives me points depending on how much I shop at the grocery store that month I then get to use those points to redeem for travel credits on my credit card statement so if I fly to California for work I can then use some of my grocery points to reduce that cost between like 100 and 200 dollars every credit card has a different rate as a different point system so shop around and pick the best one for you and the last one is to take bigger trips when you go to the grocery store when you go up to the register you might have a little sticker shock like oh my gosh I can't believe how much money I spent but I kind of mentioned this earlier by reducing the amount of times you go to a grocery store each week you're going to reduce the amount of impulse buys that you make at the store each time I go I'm guilty of this I at least five two or three things that I really didn't need but either I see them on sale or they look good or I'm in the mood and then I just end up spending more money than I needed to so by doing bigger grocery shopping trips each time you're going to reduce the amount of visits that you make and then reduce the amount of impulse buys and overall money that you have hopefully you enjoyed my tricks to save yourself some money at the grocery store if you're curious what a thirty dollar grocery haul looks like for meals for the entire week stay tuned to click on my thirty dollar grocery haul for the entire week see you guys soon 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hi everyone my name is Kristen from life is stones comm and I wanted to make a video today to share with you my top 11 tips on how to save money on groceries I'm a blogger at like four stones comm where I talk about how we are on a debt free journey to get out of debt and pay off about $50,000 of debt we've already gone through 40 of that we have about 15,000 to go so fifty five thousand dollars of debt and we're hoping to blow through the rest of that by the end of 2018 on my blog I share lots of tips on how we save money how we pay off debt how we live a frugal lifestyle and how we live on less than we make so we're able to pay off debt and save money I wanted to start a YouTube channel for a while but I didn't have a camera I didn't have any editing experience and I decided it's just time to film a video put it up there and see what happens so this is my youtube experiment and I thank you for watching so on to the tips one of the places you can cut the most easily in your budget is your grocery category I firmly believe this we used to spend probably seven eight hundred dollars on food every single month for a family of four and that's just outrageous although to some of you it probably sounds right on par because so many people overspend in the grocery category so this is really one place where I've been able to make some major changes in our budget and really save some cash so I wanted to share those tips with you tip number one do not go shopping when you're hungry this is not just for groceries there's actually been a study done that proves you will spend more money if you're shopping for anything when you're hungry make sure you have a meal before you go grocery shopping because I promise you if not every single thing is going to look at appetizing to you and a lot of that is going to end up in your cart whether you need it or not eat a meal and then go shop you will see a substantial difference I promise tip number two brain cache even if you're not using an envelope system currently if you're not on a catch system of some sort do not bring your credit card do not bring your debit card bring cash you can only buy what you have enough money for if you don't have anything as backup now I know sometimes it's embarrassing if you get to the cashier and she rings you up and you're a little bit over budget to ask to put some things back and I get it I've done it before it is embarrassing one way you can combat that is just bring a calculator give yourself a couple extra minutes to shop because it will take a little bit longer if you're adding it up as you go bring a calculator and then you're able to see as you're shopping whether you're gone whether you've gone over budget and if so you can put a couple items back only bring cash to the store tip number three buy in bulk we recently had a con fresh come into our area if you've never heard of they kind they are a meat delivery company that kind of cuts out the middleman cuts out the grocery stores and brings the meat right to you you order online and they have different events where you can come pick up your orders and you literally drive up in your car up to the big truck and they put the meat in the car for you and you drive home so we have placed our first order we were able to order 40 pounds of chicken breast for 99 cents a pound which is literally half the price that I've ever seen it in stores so I'm super excited for them to come we get our order and I think about four weeks and I'm gonna share a link to a blog post where I have all these tips and also a link to Zaycon where you can put in your address and see if they're in your area as well so when you buy in bulk you're able to have a little bit more purchasing power yes you have to put more money out at that time because you're buying such a large amount but get yourself a chest freezer if you don't already have one and you can freeze that so then you have it on hand for plenty of meal planning plenty of weeks in advance it really can help you save a lot of money next tip number four shop the sales this is important I'm not very good at this I do think you need to have a little bit of extra time sometimes to shop the sales but usually all the circulars come to your house in the mail if you get the newspaper you can check out all your local stores and see what they have on sale you can use those in advance to plan out your meals for the week and sometimes it takes a couple extra trips to different stores but it's usually worth it so a little bit of planning upfront can have a huge payoff at the end tip number six meal plan this probably should have been tip number one because it's by far the most important this single tip has saved us hundreds and hundreds just over the last couple of months I'm not very good at meal planning last minute so again really take the time and plan a week two weeks sometimes even a month in advance if we meal plan for a whole month we're able to save even more money what you want to do is you want to take inventory of whatever's in your pantry whatever's in your freezer and then you want to plan your meals around that so you don't want to start with all brand-new meals you want to fill in those gaps with your meal planning and that's what you're going to get at the store just what you need to fill in the gaps and make only the meals that you need and being intentional with your planning is really going to help you only get what you need to get at the store instead of aimlessly walking up and down the aisles and throwing things in your cart that you think you're going to make one day or that might go with the meal because what happens is they really do end up collecting in the pantry just a couple weeks ago we had a food drive at school for my children and we got rid of a whole box of things that I thought I would use one day and they just sat there and collected and eventually they'll expire if you don't use them so take the time plan your meals and I promise you you're going to notice a huge difference in your savings tip number seven I think I'm off this might be tip number six is use grocery rebate apps now this took me a little bit to get on board because for me I'm a sucker for a good deal and I found that what was happening is I'd look on these apps like ibotta and Ebates and I would find things tell myself I needed them and tell myself it was a good deal because I was going to get this money back if I purchased them so I was really overspending and it would make me buy things that I definitely did not need just because I wanted the satisfaction of getting a rebate I know that sounds dumb that's just how my brain works so what I have since done is I will do my meal planning I'll go to the store I'll get everything I need and then if there's something else that I need that I wasn't able to get it all day because I shop at Aldi primarily then I'll look on ibotta and see if it has a rebate on there I'll go somewhere else I'll get what I need and I'll get the rebate so again you want to kind of use ibotta to fill in those gaps you don't want to plan your shopping around what deals might be on a rebate app be careful because that can be a slippery slope tip number I don't even know what number I'm on so the next tip is to use coupons plain good old-fashioned paper coupons I am NOT a good resource for couponing I even say this in the blog post I just don't spend the time and I really don't have the patience to do couponing but you can still save a lot of money using coupons if you are willing to put the time in if you have a super super tight budget and you're not quite as tight on time I definitely would look into using coupons it's a bit of an art if you just do a quick Google search or search from Pinterest you can find a ton of bloggers a ton of different posts and videos that can really teach you how to maximize your savings with coupons next tip is join warehouse clubs now these clubs you will pay membership fee up front usually it's nominal thirty to fifty dollars maybe for the year and I promise you you will get that back and maybe your first shopping trip maybe even to Costco is a very popular warehouse Club Sam's Club BJ's personally we have Sam's Club in our area it's really close to our house we don't have a Costco around here I wish we did you pay you can go any time once you pay the membership fee and everything's in bulk so again you usually have to put a little bit more money out front and just budget you have to budget accordingly so that you don't walk into a warehouse club and really blow your budget because most items are going to be seven ten twelve fifteen dollars each but it's really a good way to stock up it's really a good way to take advantage of the lowest price per piece or the lowest price per ounce I'm gonna put a link in down below if you have Sam's Club in your area and you sign up for a membership you can actually get a $10 gift card for free when you use my link we love Sam's Club what I do is I pretty much have a list of the couple items that we buy there on a regular basis and then I just divide them up throughout the weeks so we're not going to Sam's Club and spending $100 we'll go and we'll grab maybe two items this week two items the next week and just keep going as we need to refill them look into membership clubs also there's some online clubs like thrive market same thing you pay a yearly membership fee and thrive market really specializes in a lot of healthier foods for Less so you can look online I have a link down below for that as well and you can get 20% off your first three orders and the cool thing with thrive market is it comes right to your house so if you really focus on feeding your family a lot of healthier foods definitely check them out and you can save a lot of money there my next tip is you subscribe and save now this is kind of a newer feature for some for some people they haven't quite heard of this we've been using it for a couple months now you'll probably recognize the name from Amazon most prominently I know Target does this subscribe and save option Walmart does now and I'm sure some other places do we use it for our some of our pet supplies our dog food we purchase at sam's club but our cat food and our cat litter we order through Target and what Target does is they give you 5% off when you sign up for subscribe and save and then we got another five percent off because we pay for each order using our target red card so we saved the five percent there plus using the red card gives us free shipping each time you can set these up to come to your home right to your front porch at any intervals you choose so for example we have one bag of cat food and two containers of cat litter come to our front porch every six weeks and we're saving a total of 10% so if you have items that you know you're using over and over and over especially some of these items like cat litter cat food that's heavier you don't feel like going to the store just for them if you try subscribe and save you can usually save some extra money my next tip is ordering your groceries online this has just recently come to my area and I'm so excited we just got this feature at a Walmart close to us I haven't even gotten to try it out yet because we literally just got a postcard about this a couple of days ago but the awesome thing about ordering your groceries online is you can see your cart being totaled up as you're going through shopping as you're choosing something that goes to your cart and you can check and see your budget you can see if you're doing a good job staying on budget you can see if you're going over budget and you can see a running tally of your total now that is super helpful especially if you're on a tight budget or you have a hard time sticking to your budget at a grocery store because different stories can be triggers for different people and I know years ago there's no way I could stick to a grocery budget so using a tool like this where you have a total you easily can you can avoid the impulse items because you're thinking about it as you're going down online as you're checking items as you're putting them into your cart when you're done you can review your whole order and if there's something that you think and I don't really need that I probably shouldn't have added that to your cart you can easily delete it and then checkout and some places even offer you a discount usually there's a minimum our Walmart has a 30% excuse me a $30 minimum order but some places even offer you a discount when you're shopping online so look into that too and my very last tip is to shop a discount gross now there's a whole bunch of these across the country in our area we only have all day and I love Aldi you will hear me talk about Aldi all the time on this channel all the time in my book it has literally saved us thousands just in and of itself now other popular ones are little I've never been because we don't have one around here Trader Joe's we have one maybe about an hour away and I love to take a trip every once in a while and really stock up on some items from there the coolest thing about Aldi is they now remove preservatives MSG and food artificial food dyes from their products so even though there's some things I can get cheaper at Walmart a couple cents cheaper Walmart still has more junk in their food than Aldi does that's truly what I love the most about it is I do feel like I'm feeding my children some of the things that they still love like for example my daughter loves Lucky Charms the Lucky Charms from Aldi has half the sugar of the name brand and none of the food dyes so I feel a lot more comfortable letting her eat that that is not exactly a healthy option but it's a better option so in addition to having a little bit better options food wise the store is a lot smaller there's not as many choices so you have to really get used to this is your peanut butter options there's crunchy peanut butter there's natural peanut butter and there's creamy peanut butter and that's it you don't have 20 different brands of peanut butter to choose from for me that was liberating I would spend three hours in the grocery store reading every label of every product and it was such a time suck for me so Aldi I'm in I'm out you bag your own groceries paying cash and you literally save probably 30 to 50 percent so that's all my tips I have for you today I hope you found some of them helpful I'm going to link everything that I mentioned today down below in the video and then I'm also going to link to the blog post that goes over everything we talked about with a little bit more detail I hope you'll let me know if you use any of these tips or if you currently use any of these tips and I am going to try this YouTube experiment so if you liked this video I would really appreciate if you dip and subscribed and if you really liked it and feel 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