Do You Want an Easy Way to Save Money on Groceries?

Are you struggling with your grocery budget? Are you looking for an easy way to save money on groceries without clipping coupons and hunting for deals? Look no further!

Even before Bee was born, I hated grocery shopping.

Making a list, going to the store after working 10+ hours a day, and spending so much money.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks that the price of groceries is outrageous!

It wasn’t as big of a deal to me back then as it is now. Hubby & I both worked and spending more money than we had to on groceries wasn’t really the end of the world. Even though it was something that didn’t hurt us, I still didn’t enjoy it. With the swipe of my debit card, I was giving up more of our hard earned money than I had to on a weekly basis.

And I hated it.

I tried couponing, but it’s so time consuming that it’s something I wasn’t able to stick with. I tried shopping sales, but I didn’t like keeping up with all the circulars and I really, REALLY hated having to stop at 6 different stores after work on Friday.

I kept thinking there has to be a better way.

Well, guess what? There is!

One Saturday I sat down at the computer with a Wal-Mart receipt from the day before. I went to work creating a very basic, very plain spreadsheet using Excel. I listed all of the groceries on my receipt and put the price I spent in the cells next to the items.

I decided that next Friday I would go grocery shopping at Fred Meyers and compare the prices.

A week later, I did do my shopping at Freddies. And I did plug those numbers into my spreadsheet.

As the weeks passed, I continued shopping at different stores. Target, Albertsons, K-Mart, and even a store that’s only local to our area.

Do you want an easy way to save money on groceries?

One thing this helped me figure out: unless there’s a really good sale somewhere, non-food is generally cheapest at Wal-Mart and food is normally less expensive at Winco (with the exception of a few less common items). I’m not saying this is the case everywhere, but it is in my town.

Another thing I learned: prices on all grocery items fluctuate rather often, but it most commonly occurs on items with a shorter shelf life. Think milk, eggs, and meat.

Over the next couple years I had compiled an amazing list that was filled with things I bought every week, items I purchased every few months, and even stuff I buy just once a year.

When I’d tell people about my spreadsheet, I always received one of two different responses. People either thought I was a crazy lady (haters gonna hate!) or they were seriously impressed (and probably a little jealous!).

I was super proud of my list and was especially happy to have it once Bee was born. I’d make my weekly shopping list, find the items on my spreadsheet, and plan a shopping trip according to where I could save the most money.

No, I didn’t go to 6 different stores to get the very best deals (remember that I hate doing that?). I would pick the 2 stores where I could get some of the best deals and did my shopping at only those two stores.

Some weeks I would, and still do, use coupons, too. But only if I have the coupons on hand or somehow find time to search the internet for coupons prior to the trip. And I always use Ibotta every chance I get.

I love this technique so much and just recently I realized that there are probably a lot of other penny pinching moms out there who would love it just as much as me!

That’s why I decided it was time to share this awesomeness with everyone I possibly could! But I couldn’t do it without sprucing my spreadsheet up and making it super cute first!

So that’s what I did. I spent about 10 hours throwing this printable together just for you, my lovely reader.

The printable comes complete with instructions and even an example page so you know exactly what you’re doing!

DOWNLOAD IT NOW!

Yes,  it took me forever to put together, but I wanted to make sure this would work for you. That you would benefit from it. That you would use it, love it, and save money just like I do. That meant I needed to make it as user friendly as I possibly could. So I did!

Do you want an easy way to save money on groceries? This free printable spreadsheet is the solution!

Along with the instructions & the example page, there are 12 different spreadsheets. Each has it’s own category, making it that much easier to plan your trip. If all you need are cleaning supplies and some frozen food, you simply find those pages. No searching through one giant page looking for Ajax & frozen pizza!

And don’t worry, I know you’re excited about this and I know you are soooo thankful that I threw this together for you! It’s okay, you don’t have to thank me. Simply reading this post and downloading my spreadsheet is thanks enough!

Good luck in your money saving adventures, ladies!

GET YOUR PRINTABLE SPREADSHEET HERE!

Use this simple phone app to save EVEN MORE money on your groceries!

38 thoughts on “Do You Want an Easy Way to Save Money on Groceries?

  • September 15 at 4:51 pm
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    This is really cool. I can admit that I’ve done in on a much smaller scale just mentally comparing the prices between neighboring markets.

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    • September 15 at 4:54 pm
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      I definitely used to do that same thing, but I really wanted to take it to the next level, ya know? And now you can, too!

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    • September 16 at 7:08 pm
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      You’re very welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

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  • September 16 at 7:11 pm
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    It’s so true that prices can vary dramatically! And if you don’t track it, you have no idea how much you could be saving!

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    • September 16 at 7:31 pm
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      Definitely! We live in a small town and my husband works about 20 miles away in the next town over. Last week I asked him to pick up a gallon of milk on his way home. He did, no questions asked… but when I saw the receipt I was shocked! It was more than double the price I usually spend at a different store. Ugh… I need to get him into the habit of using my lists 🙂

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  • September 16 at 8:10 pm
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    Very cool. I have been using ibotta to help save money. Thanks for the printable and all of your hard work!

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    • September 16 at 8:46 pm
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      Yeah, no problem! I LOVE Ibotta. I use a lot of different apps and I’ve tried a lot of other apps in the past that are similar to Ibotta, but none of them really compare!

      Thanks for visiting!

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  • September 16 at 8:53 pm
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    Do you have an Aldi’s in your area? I recommend trying them for most of the basics. Saves money if you aren’t up to couponing.

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    • September 16 at 10:13 pm
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      I don’t 🙁 I’ve heard such great things about Aldi’s, but I live in like the only part of the country these stores don’t exist: The Pacific NW!

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  • September 17 at 1:08 am
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    I love the thoroughness of this! I was just analyzing my latest receipt last night and I spend most of my money on produce. The problem is I live in a desert and produce is expensive! I think I nee to do what you did, but with just produce and see if gathering my fruits and veggies at several different locations might make a difference in my pocketbook!

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    • September 17 at 11:56 am
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      I totally understand that! The worst part about produce is that the prices fluctuate a lot based on season, too. Definitely something that’s worth trying to save money on!

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  • September 17 at 2:24 am
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    What a great idea! Put me in the impressed category.

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    • September 17 at 11:56 am
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      Thank you so much, Karla. That means a lot to me! I’m so glad you stopped by!

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  • September 17 at 5:04 am
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    We did spend to much money to the first years of our marriage. Until my husband started his own business and we where living of our savings. Now we where more cautious with our money and start shopping at lower priced markets. I live in Belgium and we have two low price supermarkets here One called Aldi and the other Lidl maybe you heard of them. I love shopping with Lidl, even now we can spend money again. The quality of the food is even better than in the big and expensive supermarkets. Aldi I don’t like so much, yes it’s cheap but the quality is less. For our household products, such as cleaning products and shampoo and stuff like that, we ride to Germany for us it’s only 1,5 h drive. The prices there are less more expensive than in Belgium. We save more than half of the money when we shop there. So we drive to Germany two/three times a year. And next year we’re actually moving to the Netherlands, because it’s better to have a business there. Less expensive for hiring people and starting a business, and as a bonus life in general is less expensive in The Netherlands.

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    • September 17 at 11:59 am
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      Hi Barbara!

      I’ve never heard of Lidl, but I have heard of Aldi. We have them here in the US, too, but there aren’t any in my area. It’s really interesting how much money you can save by heading to Germany for your non-food. And how exciting that you’re moving to the Netherlands! Good luck with that new chapter in your life!!

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  • September 17 at 5:28 pm
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    Thanks for sharing! I’m always looking for new ways to slash some of my grocery bill.

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    • September 17 at 9:47 pm
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      Thanks for visiting! I’m glad I could help 🙂

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  • September 18 at 10:21 am
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    I’m not a fan of big super market chain (rude customer and service) but can’t deny how cheap their products are. Great tips xx

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    • September 18 at 2:40 pm
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      I’m sort of opposite. I like the big chain stores because I can expect not to be bothered by the employees! I hate talking to people when I’m in a store! I’m more a “if I wanted your help, I’d ask for it” kind of person and I hate walking into smaller stores because they always want to help you!

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  • September 18 at 1:40 pm
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    You’re amazing! I only ever have time for one store. I either have all three littles with me or the hubs is watching and wants me home stat. We do Aldi, which is super cheap, even though it doesn’t always have everything we need.

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    • September 18 at 2:38 pm
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      I really wish we had an Aldi somewhere near us! I’ve heard so many great things about it!

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  • September 19 at 1:14 pm
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    I did this once years ago with a paper and notebook! Great tips! Thank-you!

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  • September 19 at 5:56 pm
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    This is such a great idea! I really need to check prices of all the places we buy our staples. Thanks for sharing and creating the spreadsheets.

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    • September 20 at 10:38 am
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      I swear, one day I’ll get to step foot inside an Aldi store!

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  • September 22 at 12:20 am
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    Great article. Saving on groceries and necessities is a talent that you need to have all your life. During the good times, you think you don’t. But when a bad time hits…job change, company failure, etc…You will be glad that you know how to economize and do it well.

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    • September 22 at 3:11 am
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      I couldn’t agree more, Kim. Thanks for visiting!

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  • October 5 at 7:09 am
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    I started meal planning last year, and it’s helped my grocery budget, tremendously. This year, I was introduced to Aldi, and I’ve been in love ever since. I do have a couple takeaways from your list though, that I plan on using!

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  • October 7 at 7:11 am
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    Awesome tips. Sadly where I live Walmart is our only option, unless I drive at least minutes to the next nearest store. I do that only occasionally, but love the tips you gave here!

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    • October 7 at 7:15 am
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      I totally understand that, Callie! Prior to moving to the area I currently live, I lived in a town that was just like that. There was a Safeway, but unless they had a great sale going on, I couldn’t afford to shop there! It was always Walmart.

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  • November 16 at 5:36 am
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    I find that I spend crazy amounts whenever I go shopping when hungry, I should definitely try to be more organised about it.

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    • November 16 at 7:28 am
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      Ditto, Aleksandra! I definitely understand that. I try to avoid going shopping hungry!!

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  • July 11 at 9:02 pm
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    Oh I don’t think your crazy …. mind you people might think I am as I designed a ‘grocery calculator ‘ on a spreadsheet that i use lol I’m in Australia and Aldi is the cheapest here but not available everywhere . Then you usually fill the things you can’t get there at Coles or Woolworths . I put a put if effort in like you too , but now as I’ve been doing that and meal planning for a long while it’s much quicker and easier 🙂

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