10 Budgeters Share Grocery Savings Tips That Really Work

You round the final corner of the dairy aisle and roll your overflowing grocery cart toward the checkout line. As the cashier scans each item, you keep an eagle eye on the register and watch the total climb. The last item glides across the scanner, and boom—you stayed on budget!

It’s a great feeling!

But you start to wonder if you can find ways to spend even less on groceries than you already are—especially since you need to start saving for your fun summer plans! Even if you could shave $50 out of your food budget each month, you could easily save up an extra $200 to put toward that family vacation to the beach or a new spring wardrobe.

That’s why we asked our EveryDollar budgeters to share their best money-saving tips for grocery shopping. Here’s what they had to say:

1. Plan for leftovers.

Menu plan and shop only for what's on the list. When making the menu, plan for leftovers at lunch. I repurpose the leftovers into a new meal (grill chicken fajitas then make chicken tortilla soup with leftover chicken).

— Heather S.

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4 Real Budgeters Share How Their Lives Have Changed

Inflate some balloons, cue up the noisemakers, roll out the crepe paper streamers . . . EveryDollar is turning 2!

In honor of EveryDollar’s second birthday, we’re throwing a party right here, and you’re invited. Here’s what we want our party guests to do: Take a few minutes to recognize how much your own life has changed for the better since you took control of your money with a budget. It makes us giddy to know you’re intentional about making a plan, sticking to it, and reaching your dreams!

Then, check out some of our favorite money wins that EveryDollar budgeters have shared with us over the past two years. See if you recognize any of their success stories in your own life! If you’re not where you want to be yet, keep pushing forward until you reach your own awesome goals. You can do it!

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How to Spend Money With Confidence

We’ve all felt it.

You walk out of the store with your neatly wrapped purchase, all bundled up in a crisp, white shopping bag. You don’t even get all the way to the car before you feel it: that sinking feeling in your stomach that makes you stop and think, Did I really have the money for that?

It’s a combination of regret and guilt—otherwise known as buyer’s remorse.

Nobody likes that feeling.

But good news! There are some easy practices you can put in place to avoid it. That’s right: You never have to feel buyer’s remorse again. Just follow these three simple steps.

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How Budgeting Is Helping One Man Save $40,000 This Year

“I didn’t know what budgeting was. I never learned about money growing up. I didn’t even know how to read a bank statement.”

That’s where his story began.

Fast-forward to today. Now Chris not only knows how to budget his money (and, yes, read a bank statement), but he’s also kind of a budgeting ninja.

“I saved $30,000,” Chris said. The most impressive part? It only took him one year! And now he’s setting out to break his own record.

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Why Zero Is the Most Important Number in Your Budget

What if someone asked if you wanted all your income or just part of it? You want all of it, of course! You worked hard for that money.

But if you’re not budgeting to zero, you’re essentially missing out on money that’s yours. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. A zero-based budget is the easiest way to make sure you have a handle on all your cash and are putting it toward what’s important to you.

Here’s everything you need to know about zero-based budgeting:

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