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As someone who is always looking for ways to make every dollar count, I love learning about new ways to save money on groceries.

Outside of my rent and car payment, my food bill is always my biggest monthly expense.

How To Save Money On Groceries Without Coupons

As a tech-savvy millennial, I don’t have a huge interest in sitting down at the kitchen table and cutting out coupons.

Nor do I really want to sit in line at the grocery store for more than 3 total minutes handing the clerk coupon after coupon as he or she scans them in.

I do, however, love the fact that I can load up the app store and download a program that automatically helps me save money on groceries each and every time I use it.

If any of this screams “Hey, that’s so me, too!” then continue reading to check out my three favorite frugal living tricks to save money on groceries without having to use coupons!

How To Save Money On Groceries Without Coupons

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3 Genius Hacks to Save Money on Groceries

1) Know When (and When Not) to Buy Organic

After I graduated from college and joined the real world, I started thinking more about my food intake. I started making some healthier food choices, including buying organic food.

What I didn’t know, is that it’s not at all necessary to buy all organic produce.

As it turns out, some “non-organic” foods are already being grown with little to no pesticides. That means that there’s no need to spend the extra money to buy the organic version- they are virtually the same!

What not to buy organic:

Avocados, onions, mango, mushrooms, asparagus, sweet peas, papaya, kiwi, cabbage, watermelon, pineapple, broccoli, and sweet potatoes.

What you should buy organic:

Apples, nectarines, celery, grapes, cherries, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, peaches, and cucumbers.

Also, always be sure to compare prices since the organic versions are sometimes cheaper!

2) Save Money on Groceries App: Ibotta

Ibotta is one of the best money saving (and making) apps out there for grocery shoppers. It’s always being talked about by money saving experts.

The app allows you to save money on groceries by giving you a rebate on virtually any brand of items you buy, including food brands.

To get your cash back, all you have to do is scan the items’ barcode, take a photo of your receipt, and the money credits to your account within 48 hours.

You even get $10 just for signing up, and they’ll also pay you $10 more for each friend you refer.

Your earnings potential is unlimited. Not bad considering you’re helping your friends save money and handing them an extra ten bucks at the same time!

Available On:  iOS | Android | Desktop


Another great source for earning cash back on your shopping (plus earning money for taking surveys, playing games, surfing the web, and more), I recommend signing up for is Swagbucks. They give you a free $10 signup bonus, and you can start making extra money almost immediately. It’s definitely worth checking out!


3) Save Money on Groceries by Embracing Store Brand Foods

Buying name brand items at the grocery store is right up there with ordering soda when eating out- it is so bad for your wallet!

By choosing store brand over name brand, I’m able to save up to $50 per week on my groceries. That comes out to about $200 per month saved, or $2,400 per year. If you were to invest that $2,400 each year and get a 5% return, you will have an extra $304,000 in 40 years.

See Also: Couponing 101: Everything You Need to Know on How to Start Couponing

Bonus: How To Save Money On Groceries For A Large Family

If you come from a large family, you can also save a significant amount of money by purchasing food in bulk. Of course, you probably already purchase in bulk due to having a large family, but I mean if possible, go beyond the normal.

Purchasing food in bulk works for smaller families too. As long as you have the space to store extra food, there are almost always better deals available when purchasing food in bulk.

Two store examples that tend to have better pricing when purchasing in bulk are Sam’s Club and Costco. Make sure to search for your local bulk grocery stores because those may have great deals as well.

What other tips, tricks, or hacks do you know of to save money on groceries?  Let us know in the comments!

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Hi! I'm Jeff. A personal finance nerd and entrepreneur at heart, I'm here to bring you all the latest cool ways to make and save extra money. I've been quoted in several online publications, including Entrepreneur, NBC News, GoBankingRates, Student Loan Hero, Business.com, Credit Karma, The Simple Dollar, US News & World Report, Lifehacker, MSN Money, Moneyish, Zumper, IdeaMensch, Discover Bank, PrimeRates, Credit.com, Yahoo! Finance, Club Thrifty, Guru Focus, Rent Track, Fit Small Business, Coupon Chief, and more.

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