This is completely counter-intuitive, but I'm saving a ton of money by having our groceries delivered by Peapod instead of going to the store. The prices are similar, most sales are the same, and I can still use coupons. But by virtue of me staying out of the store -- zero impulse buying! -- I'm forced to stick to the list. My grocery bill has dropped about 25%.
A nice little benefit is that I can spend the hour I used to spend in the grocery store RUNNING!
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Use a grocery delivery service to avoid unhealthy temptations
I rarely enter a grocery store these days. Instead, I use a local web-based grocery delivery service. It forces me to consider my purchases carefully before ordering, and I am not tempted by unhealthy choices. The lack of tempting end cap displays and lack of excuses to pick up something unhealthy because I am out saves me both calories and money!
The company I use is Relay Foods, which serves Charlottesville and Richmond VA, the DC/Baltimore area, and Philadelphia, PA. This code saves you $20 off your first order: http://relayfoods.com/friend/77LA48
Make a budget and stick to it. Using an envelope system can work by withdrawing the money you allot for buying food and pay for groceries with cash. Or if you don't trust yourself to not get a pizza delivery or something then use your check/debt card but track all spending with mint.com
Check out daveramsey.com for more tips on how to save money and get out of debt.
I save $ by doi the majority of my grocery shopping online and having it delivered to my home. I have found this process quite helpful. -it totals as you put items in your basket -store coupons / deals are automatically given to you - online store coupons available - great selection
With this way of shopping you do it when you want, have it delivered when you want. There is a small delivery fee, but if you order over $150 you get delivery free (which is the case 99%of the time for me). I really like the way it totals as you go...no surprises at the checkout.
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