Buy in bulk
istock/Freer-Law Especially if you have a big family or lots of freezer space, one of the best ways to save money at the supermarket is to bypass it entirely and shop instead at large wholesale stores like Costco or B.J.’s. The prices are typically cheaper (especially for things like nuts), but some aren’t, so make sure to know about how much you’d pay at the supermarket. If your family can’t plow through 24 eggs in one week, plan to split the cartons—and the cost, with a friend or neighbor. These are items that you should never buy in bulk.
Join a CSA
istock/FangXiaNuo Another way to stretch your grocery dollar is to join a local CSA or Community Supported Agriculture Association in your area. You’ll get fresher, less expensive produce, and help local farmers at the same time. By paying a certain amount of money along with other members in the association, you are keeping the farmer in business and reaping the benefits of their fresh crop. You are also reducing your carbon footprint by buying locally. Better still, your veggies and fruits will have more nutrients because they’re fresher and not being flown or trucked in from thousands of miles away.