—Read the weekly grocery store circulars. This can help you identify the best deals in your area.

—Try to avoid grocery shopping on weekends. There are usually less deals due to more people.

—Many grocery stores have their own apps that you can download to find deals and in-app coupons.

—Once a week, put aside time to plan out your meals for the week. Use the sale items that you found to create your meal plan. Take inventory of what you already have and then add the missing ingredients to your grocery list.

—Use less convenience and prepared foods. Prepared foods usually cost more than if you make your meal at home.

—Try not to shop when hungry. Going grocery shopping while hungry can prompt impulse buying and spending more than planned.

—Meat and seafood are one of the most expensive items in your cart. Use cheaper protein alternatives like beans, tofu, lentils, and peanut butter to help save money.

—Grow your own garden. Growing produce and herbs can be fun as well as a significant money saver.

—Buy local when possible. When you buy local, the prices are usually cheaper due to lower transportation costs and direct purchasing from seller to grocer.

—Utilize leftover meals and ingredients to make other dishes on another day.