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More Ways to Maximize Your Savings on Groceries
With inflation and grocery prices still on the rise, I wanted to share some fresh tips on how to optimize your grocery savings. Here's how to continue to save even when prices are creeping upward.
Buy in Bulk When There Are Sales
That's right. Anything that's on bogo/super sale (especially staples, nonperishables, or daily items) you should buy in good quantities until the next sale on that item. This is an amazing way to truly spend less on groceries and it works.
Buying in bulk to avoid ever paying full price is amazing, but this tip goes hand in hand with this next tip.
Track Sales Cycles
In order to know how much to buy in bulk, you have to keep relative track of the sales cycles at that particular grocery store.
Now, keep in mind this takes time and not every store's location has the same sales or cycles. Start keeping track in a spreadsheet or app of when sales occur and on what. Over time, you'll start to notice patterns and periods of time between specific items going on sale. Tracking sales cycles is one of the most tedious ways to save money on groceries, but it's also one of the most effective. Plus, there are a ton of free apps you can take advantage of that tracks this information for you — you just have to enter the data and the analytics are done for you.
Vacuum Seal and Freeze
Whenever large cuts of meat are on super sale, don't be afraid of freezing it to use later. Using a vacuum sealed package is the best way to keep these items frozen and untouched by freezer burn until you use it.
Investing in a vacuum sealer is a great way to keep meat fresh longer in your freezer, which will ultimately save you a ton on groceries if you're a savvy shopper.
Seasonal veggies are always tastier and cheaper, so do some research and find out what produce is in season in your area (extra points if you shop locally or at farmers' markets in your region!)
Your regular grocery store should also be stocked on seasonal produce and you can see the price difference on those items (seasonal vs. not seasonal.) Do some price comparisons between your favorite stores to see who sells seasonal produce at the lowest prices.