Budget: 9 ways to save money on your groceries bill

You have probably noticed an increase in your grocery store bill. 
If you're looking to save - below are some helpful tips:

1. COMPARE PRICES

Go through the circulars of your local grocery stores to find coupons and deals on things you’ll need. You can also find what’s on sale on the stores’ app or website. Many times - if you sign up for the app, you’ll get coupons right on the app.

2. COUPON APPS

Find coupon apps that can help you save money on groceries. Some apps will let you get money back on purchases you already made, by entering your receipts after you return from shopping. Here’s a list of some great apps.

3. SAVE ON NON-PERISHABLE ITEMS

Try getting non-perishable items when they’re on sale - that way you can save and aren’t scrambling for a deal when you need the item.

4. SWITCH BRANDS OR GO GENERIC

Sometimes switching brands or getting the generic name of a food item might help save you a few dollars - which adds up in the long-run.

5. BUY IN BULK

If you have a membership to a warehouse store - this tip is for you! Buying in bulk from stores like Costco and BJ's Wholesale Club can save you some money. If you don’t have a membership - try Amazon, Boxed or Jet. Only buy in bulk items you know you’ll use, and check the expiration dates to make sure you’ll be able to use it before it expires.

6. BUY IN SEASON

Try to get your produce in season - it will be cheaper because there’s more of it.

7. PLAN YOUR MEALS AND BUDGET

Before you run to the grocery store - check your pantry and plan your weekly meals accordingly! This will also help you avoid wasting food. And have a clear budget for what you want to buy.

8. DON’T GO FOR CONVENIENCE

Yes - getting pre-washed salad or grated cheese is more convenient, but usually more expensive. Other items include dried beans instead of canned.

9. DON’T SHOP WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY

You’ve heard this one before, right? But it’s true! A recent study found that shopping while hungry not only makes you want to buy food, it can also lead you on an expensive shopping binge. Read the research article here.