Top 10 Ways to Save Money When Grocery Shopping

Save money at the market with these smart shopping strategies.

Follow these easy tips and get your groceries for less!

1. Plan your meals. Save cash (and time) by thinking ahead about what you’ll be serving for dinner during the next five to seven days. For inspiration, you can search Operation In Touch recipes by heading to our Food page and clicking “FIND A RECIPE” on the right-hand side of the screen. You can also browse Operation In Touch recipes on Pinterest

2. Make a list. Check your cupboard, fridge and freezer and jot down what you need before you go to the story. Keep a running list, too, of items you run out of during the week. (Don’t forget personal-care products like shampoo and toothpaste!) This simple step will help you avoid extra trips to the store, saving time and gas.

3. Buy produce in season. Check out this website from the United States Department of Agriculture to see what fruits and veggies are in season. In-season produce is usually less expensive and better tasting.

4. Buy meat on sale. Meat and poultry can keep in the freezer for at least 6 months, so stock up on staples when the prices are good. Bonus: You’ll always have a last-minute meal on hand. 

5. Remember: Convenience costs. Pre-chopped vegetables and pre-cooked deli items may save time but are almost always more expensive than the “do-it-yourself” version. 

6. Check for coupons. Always visit our offers page before you shop, for great deals on Unilever food and beauty products.

7. Hit the bulk food bin.
 If your supermarket has a bulk food section, bring your own bags and save on staples, such as dried beans, roasted nuts and starches.

8. Go big. Choose the largest size packages of products you use all the time, such as toilet paper and Q-tips® cotton swabs. The price is usually lower.

9. Don’t overbuy. Don’t let big sales lure you into going overboard on perishable food you’ll probably end up throwing away later.

10. Eat your leftovers. Cut down on food waste by “recycling” last night’s meal into tonight’s delicious one. 

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