Tips for Saving Money at the Grocery Store

Following some simple grocery shopping tips can save money at the grocery store.
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Updated: August 19, 2018

Tips for Saving Money at the Grocery Store

A man and woman look at produce at a farmers’ market/SNAP-Ed Connection

Plan your meals. Most of us decide what’s for dinner about 1-2 hours before dinner. Look at sale flyers to get meal ideas.

Next, make a shopping list. By making a list, you can avoid going down unnecessary aisles at the store. Temptations cause you to spend more money. Before you make a grocery list, check out what you have on hand already in the kitchen freezer and cupboard.

Use coupons on sale items to maximize your savings. Looking for coupons is a good savings if you need the item. Just because something is on sale or that you have a coupon does not mean you have to buy it.

Shop when you are not hungry. If you shop when you are hungry everything looks and smells great! You spend more money and may even waste food because you bought too much.

Make Your Own Salad Dressing

Salads provide a variety of healthy, low calories vegetables. However, they can also be a dumping ground for unwanted calories and sodium from the salad dressing. Make your own salad dressing and control the amount of calories and sodium.

Here is how to make your own salad dressing.

First, find a glass or plastic container with tight fitting lid. A recycled jelly or mayonnaise jar will work.

Next, choose the acid that will serve as your base - vinegar or lemon juice. Balsamic and red wine will give a darker color. White or cider vinegar will give a lighter color.

Then choose the type of oil - canola, olive, vegetable or safflower.

Last, choose your favorite seasonings. Spices like pepper, herbs like oregano, minced garlic, and or Dijon mustard all work. Spices and seasonings add no sodium if they do not contain salt. Choose garlic powder instead of garlic salt.

Here are two easy recipes:

Lemon Vinaigrette

  1. 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  2. ½ cup canola or olive oil
  3. ½ tablespoon oregano.
  4. Place all together in container and shake.
  5. Serving size 1 teaspoon

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  1. 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  2. ½ cup canola or olive oil
  3. ½ tablespoons
  4. Dijon mustard
  5. Place all together in container and shake.
  6. Serving size 1 teaspoon

For both recipes: 30 calories, total fat 3g, saturated fat 0g, protein 0g, carbohydrates 0g, fiber 0g, sodium 35mg

Source: Eat Right When Money's Tight
Cooking with EFNEP, Recipes for Eating Smart and Moving More

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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) PA Nutrition Education TRACKS (SNAP-Ed)

More by Mary Reistetter Ehret, M.S.,R.D.,L.D.N.