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How to Save 50% (or More) on Your Grocery Bill (SERIOUSLY!!!)

I love a good grocery shopping spree and a well-stocked pantry. I am far from a food hoarder, but I definitely like to make sure we have all the essentials (especially these days). Unfortunately, I hate spending money. So, a few years ago, I got really into "shopping around" for groceries and started saving tons of money.

Surprisingly, saving money on groceries is a genuine skill that takes some practice and a little investment of time to achieve - but it is soooo worth it. This week alone, I saved around 68% on my grocery order. And if I can do it... anyone can (trust me - I am the epitome of an impulse buyer when it comes to food).

Here's how you do it:


This is absolutely the biggest step. I was forever fumbling around with paper lists, trying different apps, writing things down in my planner... and none of it worked. I couldn't find an app that worked right for me, and I was always losing my paper lists. Now, I work off an excel spreadsheet that I devoted a few, long hours to making.

You can download this workbook for free here:

Download XLSX • 107KB

The best news is that even if you don’t have excel, this sheet will work in the Numbers app on iPhones as well!

If you're not very excel-savy, no worries! It's really easy to use (I promise). It works like this:

A. On the "Master List" page, each cell in Column A has a drop down box which allows you to select either a "0" or a "1". Select 1 if you need this item/ if it's on your grocery list.

B. Think about all the grocery items your normally have, or would like to keep stocked. Make a list of them in Column B.

C. In column C, note the quantity of each item you plan to pick up in your next order

D - G. Columns D to G give you some space to write the regular price per unit of each of your items at all your local grocery stores. For me, that's Sobeys, Superstore, Walmart and Costco! If yours are different, just click on the column and change the name!

H. Each cell in Column H has a drop down box with "Y" or "N" in it - you can use these to keep track of whether the item is on sale this week.

I. Column I is where you can write the price on sale

J-K. Columns J and K relate to coupons and are pretty straight forward (by the way - if you don't know where to find coupons, keep reading! I'll get to that later).

L. Column L is where you write the actual price per unit that you will pay - so either the sales price or the regular price.

M. Column M will automatically calculate your final overall price for that unit by multiplying your quantity from Column C with your final price per unit from column L

N. Column N will tell you the total amount you saved on this item. (Note: The cells in this column will automatically calculate, as long as you have a "1" in the drop-down box in Column A.) Also - this column will use the list from Column G as the baseline. This is just because Sobeys is where I used to do most of my grocery shopping.

O. Column O (my personal favourite!) will automatically calculate your total savings from this grocery order.

P. Column P will tell you the overall amount you spent on this order.

There's also a sheet in the workbook to help you track the inventory of each item on your list, how many you normally like to keep stocked, whether you need to restock and where it's cheapest (basically a shopping list that does the work for you) and a third sheet in the workbook to help you track coupons!


This one might seem really obvious, but a lot of people forget about flyers - especially now that they're mostly online. Apps like Flipp are awesome if you just want a quick overview of the week's deals, but usually stores have a lot more on sale than what they fit into the flyer! I usually search all the items on my "to get" list on the store's websites to make sure.


Coupons are great... Especially if the item is already on sale. They are definitely harder to come by than they used to be, but there are still a few places you can find them. Try these sources:

1. Some grocery stores still have coupon pads in the aisles or near the entrance. Grab some!

2. Check manufacturer websites - some companies like P&G have online coupons for their products. Like these, these, and these.

3. Check online coupon pages that offer digital or print coupons. Try this one, this one, this one or this one.


Stocking up is exciting for some people (me included). The full pantry feeling is a whole new kind of peace. But if you buy too much, you might end up wasting a lot of food. Buy in reasonable bulk quantities - and make sure that you're still getting a good deal. Some ways to do this are:

1. Check Walmart's multi-buy sales - things like Classico pasta sauce is usually on for 4/$10, Kraft Dinner is usually 3/$3 or 5/$5, etc. Look for sales like this that you can mix and match, like 2/$5 deals that let you get two different products.

2. Stock up at Costco, but always check back on your spreadsheet to make sure that the price per unit is worth the bulk buy.

3. Don't forget about Amazon!! This is a super simple one, but I almost always forget to use it. Non-perishable and pantry items are ideal buys from Amazon, and they usually have a ton of grocery coupons available here.


Yes! Even grocery stores have sales racks. Look for things that are marked down for quick buying. Meat, veggies, cheeses and bread items will usually get huge reductions a day or two before their best before date. They usually still have days of shelf/fridge life left, and meat and veggies can be frozen or canned to save them until you're ready to eat - so stock up when you see the deals!!!

Pro tip: most grocery stores mark food down at the same time each week. Most of the stores around me do it Friday mornings. You might even be able to ask an employee when they normally do it! It's an easy way to save up to 75% off your food.


I have a few tips for this. Aside from the usual things like "don't buy more than you can reasonably eat", there are some really simple things you can do to waste less.

One thing, for example, is learning how to freeze or store different items so they last longer. Bread and meat can be frozen for several months in the proper freezer bags. Celery's life can be extended if you submerge it in water in a sealed jar. Cut bell peppers can be saved if you store them in a sealed bag with a piece of paper towel.


My final tip, and one that helps me a lot is paying attention to sales cycles. Most bigger grocery stores, like retail, have routine sales cycles. So, certain things tend to go on sale together and at the same times. Some of these cycles are 1 month, others are 3 and some are only annual. Start tracking the sales dates for your biggest budget-busting items and you will see the cycle! This is an especially efficient way to save a few bucks on things like laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, paper towel, toilet paper, pet food, etc.

If you follow these super simple tips, you can save well over 50% on your grocery bill. Shopping around is a big part of the savings, but if you combine the rest of the tips, you will save so much more than 5 or 6 dollars on your grocery bill.