Visit Big Box Stores (Target, Walmart): Check out deals at your local big box stores. If they have a grocery section (and most do these days), you can often find better deals than those offered at your local supermarket. Check out apps for these stores too. You can get weekly sale alerts to keep a few extra dollars in your pockets.
Join a Wholesale Store (BJ’s, Costco, Sam’s Club): When Ash and I first moved to the burbs, the first thing we did was join Costco. We were enticed by being able to buy muffins the size of your head, a dozen fresh baked croissants and large apples in sets of 15 for under $8.00. We quickly realized that only two people live in our house and fresh produce and baked goods spoil quickly. So we pulled back. We generally shop at a regular grocery store BUT we use the wholesale store for things we eat/drink everyday and frozen foods. As a bonus, we also save about 30 cents a gallon on gas by pumping at the wholesale store.
Eat Foods that are In Season: Foods that are in season are always a cheaper buy because grocery stores don’t have any extra importing fees. There is a pretty good list of what’s in season at Eat the Seasons.
Go Generic: I am sure there are some brands you are totally loyal to. I am absolutely loyal to certain products. That said, I save money where I can by buying the store brand of certain items. They work just as well and can be as much as $1 cheaper in some instances.
There’s an App for That: There are apps that will tell you the best price in your area for certain products. Take advantage. You can also find coupons using apps and have then stored on your phone. I use RedLaser but you can find a variety of price saving apps here.
Go to Farmer’s Markets: Most are only in season for the warmer months but shop there for fresh produce while you can. I always find them to be cheaper for organic fruits and veggies. Find Farmer’s Markets near you at LocalHarvest.
Shop Online: Certain non-perishable or hard to find items are cheaper online and if you spend a certain amount, you can get free shipping. I use Amazon a lot for things like that. You can also save on household cleaning products, toiletries and paper goods.
Go Frozen: If you go to the grocery store with a plan to buy fresh produce on Saturday and by the following Friday, that fresh produce is still sitting in the fridge wilting and turning colors, go frozen. You can find organic frozen veggies and they are often much cheaper than their fresh counterparts.