IMG_4626No one likes paying more for groceries than they have to. What if I told you there were ways to save money on your favorite foods? I’ve got a few tips that may just save you quite a bit of money on your grocery runs.

Meats

If you buy your meats from the butcher section, it makes sense to buy on sale. Unfortunately, most chain grocery stores do not advertise anything other than chain mandated specials. So how do you know when your favorite chicken drumsticks or packs of ground beef are going to be marked down? Ask the butcher. In my experience, the butcher would rather sell reduced meats than take a loss. They will gladly tell you when your favorite items will be marked down to secure a sale. And, from time to time, I have had butchers mark my favorites down ahead of time while I was willing to buy a large amount. I often get 12-15 packs of drumsticks at a time and freeze them for Crockpot meals this way. The savings is 40% or more off regular price per pound.

Grains

Bulk suppliers are the best way to get lower priced grains. Amish stores and farmers markets are good places to buy bulk grains. They can sell cheaper due to minimal packaging, less processing and lack of overhead. There are also numerous online bulk grain distributors that send out their grains in clear plastic bags. Prices are typically based on weight and the savings can be huge if buying in bulk.

Produce

Have you ever needed a couple bananas for a recipe but the only bunches left were prepackaged and so ripe the rest will go bad in the next couple days? Pick up your over ripe bunch of bananas and ask the produce manager to mark them down. I have used this trick to get bananas at 1/3 the price for banana bread. This works for any produce that looks less than perfect or is slightly past it’s peak.

New Products

If you want to try a new product without paying full price, email the company for a coupon. I have never been denied a coupon to try a new product. I have been able to try products such as salad, half and half, and eggs either free or very close to free.

Let the Company Know What You Think

I once bought a salad dressing and the consistency was horribly chunky and it tasted too sweet. My feedback got me a coupon for a free replacement bottle of my choice. Companies pay thousands of dollars a year for consumer testing, focus groups and opinion polls. Taking the time to send your feedback means they get feedback for free. In exchange for my feedback, I have received either a replacement coupon or a book of coupons for all of the company’s related products. The same goes for positive feedback. Companies thrive on customer opinion and will gladly reward you for your time!

Have another tip or trick to save money on groceries? Please share!