Revealed: These Insider Hacks Will Save You Hundreds of Dollars on Groceries

For nearly five years in my youth, I slaved away at a grocery store. I started out as a high school kid, bringing in carts and sweeping the floor, ending as the assistant grocery manager who was regularly left in charge of the whole store.

During the five and a half years I spent working in the industry, I picked up a few tricks of the trade that don’t normally make it into articles like this one. These tips will save you money the next time you go to the store.


There’s one really easy way to save money on groceries, at least at the store I worked at. Just find the grocery manager and see if there are any expired products he’s willing to sell to you.

When a product becomes expired on the shelf, the grocery department has to pull it off the sales floor even though most of the time there’s nothing wrong with it. Nobody wants to get chewed out by a customer for having rotten products on the shelf. Yes, many people do believe a product is unfit for consumption as soon as it passes the expiry date.

When it comes to getting paid for expired products, the store is usually out of luck. They have to pull it off the shelf and eat the cost. If you come along and offer to buy these products, often they can be had for pennies on the dollar. The manager just wants to get rid of them.

Next, let’s talk about the Scanning Code of Practice. Most major retailers in Canada are voluntary followers of the code which exists to hold grocers accountable for the accuracy of prices displayed on the shelf.

If you notice an item that isn’t priced accurately, point it out to the cashier. If the price was wrong on the shelf, you get the item for free or $10 off, whichever is less. Pay attention; this happens far more often than you’d think.

Some retailers won’t be very willing to give into a customer quoting the Scanning Code of Practice, but you’ll win if you stand your ground.

Fresh departments

The easiest and best way to save money on produce, meat, and bakery items is to go early in the morning. That’ll give you the best selection of discounted items.

Fresh department managers are way more proactive when it comes to getting rid of close-dated products. Each morning an employee scours the department and marks down any merchandise that is close to expiring. As long as you get there soon after, you’ll have a great selection.

You’ll want to immediately freeze any meat bought with a close expiry date. Most meats can be safely frozen for up to six months without any noticeable effect.

Next, figure out what’s in season. September and October are great times to buy things like apples, blueberries, cauliflower, cucumbers, and a myriad of other vegetables. That produce will be cheaper than usual, so eat away when things are cheap. Come spring, switch to things like oranges, kiwis, potatoes, and carrots.

Meat is somewhat similar. Turkeys and hams will be cheap around Thanksgiving and Christmas, so make sure to stock up while prices are cheap.

Ready to get extreme?

There’s one other way to save some big money on food, something 95% of you will immediately dismiss.

Check out the store’s dumpster out back.

I know, I know. There are a lot of issues with dumpster diving. But we live in a world where stores will throw out perfectly good stuff because it no longer has a spot on the shelf or because it has passed a magical expiry date.

By jumping inside of a dumpster, you’re saving the earth while saving money at the same time. Think of it as your sustainable duty.

Okay, so maybe not on the dumpster diving. Still, now that you have a better idea of the inner workings of a store, saving money on groceries shouldn’t be hard.

7 Smart Ways to Save Money on Food Shopping

Price of everything is rising. No matter who or what you blame. You always want to save bucks. If you are going to buy food then it is time to get an idea of 10 tips that help you save money on groceries. You will be able not only to save money but also to eat well. Let’s check details of them.

1.Make a list

It is better to decide your weekly menu. Ask your family members what they need for full week. When you plan ahead then it gives you a chance to keep an eye on best sale deals available in local and online store. You can easily save bucks by going to grocery sales or just to use some discount coupons. No matter what option you use, you get a chance to save bucks.

2.Eat Healthy Food

If you want to keep yourself healthy and have a desire of beautiful/fresh skin then you should eat healthy food. It has been observed that families who emphasize on dieting tend to spend less on extras such as high calories products, sweets, candies and other similar things. Less spending means less expense and thereby more money in saving account. So, if you also follow the healthy diet and minus extras, you surely get a chance to grow your savings. Know what are healthy food items and add them in your menu.

3.Buy from Farmers

If possible then you should contact with local farmers when you need produce. For example, you can contact farmers to ship you corn in season. You are able to get this corn at a very cheap price from the farmer.

4.Pack your lunch

Instead of buying things from a fast food club, you should try to keep your lunch with you. If you have food at home then pack it and carry with you. You don’t need to spend money, when you have packed food with you. Keep in mind that home food is always better than market food.

5.Use Coupons

If you read sunday newspaper then it is quite easy for you to find a lot of coupons. Don’t forget to save these coupons, so you can use them during your food shopping.

6.Buy Affordable Food Form

You are able to get food in many different forms like frozen, dried, powdered, canned, etc. It is a fact that frozen food is less expensive you can afford then easily. So, whenever you go for food shopping try to pick a form that not only fulfils your food need but also help you save money.

7.Focus on Less-Expensive Food

When you are going for weekly menu planning, you should make sure that you add some inexpensive food items in your meals. For example, you can add eggs, beans, tofu, legumes, etc. They are cheap but again they are the best substitute for expensive meat, fish or poultry.

Follow these tips and you will be able to save a lot of money on grocery shopping.