TRADE AND TECHNOLOGY – As people continue to eat more meals at home, shoppers around the world are feeling the pinch of rising prices on nearly every item at the grocery store.

In fact, 7 in 10 people (71%) are more likely to shop on a budget now than before the pandemic, according to a recent survey published by Malt Flour Oparents being 21% more likely than non-parents.

When looking for ways to save on groceries, consider these tactics:

1. Create a budget
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While you may have a figure in mind that you hope to spend each week (or each month) on groceries, that may not be sustainable. Start by determining how much you’re spending over the course of a few weeks and use that number to identify your spending trends and build a more accurate grocery budget.

From there, it can be easier to find places to fit in, like buying certain items in bulk or switching to value brands.

2. Make a list
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Creating a weekly meal plan and grocery list before you leave home can reduce the risk of buying things you don’t need.

Knowing exactly what you need for weekly meals and replenishing essentials – and sticking to that list – can help you avoid spending money on products you won’t use.

At the same time, don’t feel like your shopping list is set in stone. Be flexible! A good tip to remember is that as you walk through the store, take a look at what other shoppers have in their baskets. You might see a big sale item that you missed. It works especially well at discount stores like grocery store.

3. Look for valuable brands

According to the survey, the top two factors consumers prioritize when shopping are quality (34%) and price (30%). To help save money on their weekly grocery bills while buying high-quality produce, one of the main tactics used by shoppers is to buy food from bargain brands. Remember, if you can’t taste the difference, why pay the difference?

4. Shop alone

Image of a young boy sitting in a shopping cart full of snacks and cookies.When shopping with other members of your family, such as your children or loved one, the chances of you being left off your list may increase.

To help limit the risk of being tricked into buying things you don’t actually need, go it alone and stick to your list.

5. Scan business flyers

Grocery stores run various promotions every week that can help you save on everything from meat and eggs to ice cream and other frozen foods. An easy way to save is to check out the weekly ads at grocery stores in your area.

Shopping at a different store than usual can allow you to take advantage of different sales, and these items are often located in prominent areas of the store, such as near the entrance or at the end of aisles, to make them easy to find.

Image of the Lady Savings logo. If you want to check out your favorite store’s weekly flyer, but it’s not mailed and only available in-store, check out ladysavings.com. It’s a great way to see if there are any good sales going on without having to drive across town.

6. Use Discount Apps
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Although rebates don’t always provide the same upfront savings as some other methods, such as traditional coupons, you may see greater savings over the long term. With a variety of free options, you can sign up and start earning almost immediately. For maximum savings, combine in-app discounts with in-store loyalty discounts and credit card cash back.

7. Look for seasonal products

When shopping on a budget, sticking to seasonal produce can give you the most bang for your buck. When fresh fruits and vegetables are not in season, stores usually charge more for them because they are not as readily available.

Planning your meals around seasonal produce can not only help you save money, but also put the best fruits and vegetables on the table.

Watch this short video with 10 more great shopping tips!