There are two important things you should do before going to the grocery store, which should help reduce your bill and save you money in the short and long term.
1) Have a good meal before going to the grocery store, this will prevent you from buying unnecessary foods and products, I’m sure you’ve heard that shopping while hungry will lead to excessive and unnecessary buying, the food which will stay in the fridge or cupboard for months, and eventually go to waste.
2) Prepare a list of food items you need, do not buy in bulk as you will overeat, or will throw away after expiration. Buy for a week, or maximum two.
Now that you are at the grocery store there a few things you can do to save money.
Only buy groceries for the coming week, some people buy for a month and sometimes more, food will end up staying in your fridge for months, expire, and you will throw them away, this is a waste of food and money.
Buy good quality foods. Junk food will cause you digestive problems or worse and you will end up spending money on over the counter medication, and in some cases medical bills, doctor visits, prescription drugs, time off of work, etc…
Foods which are on sale are usually about to expire, or of not such great quality, again think about the quality of food vs quantity. It is better to pay $5.00 for a small steak, than $25.00 for a package of 10 large steaks. Cheap food is cheap in quality and you will end up paying the cost in medical bills.
Buy heavy duty grocery bags and reuse them, this will reduce cost for the grocery store, or you if you have to pay for them.
Your trip to the grocery store should be planned on the way back from other trips, this will save gas.
Finally do not let advertisers and coupons dictate what you are going to eat, you will eventually go back during the week and buy the items that you wanted in the first place.