10 Ways Big Families Can Save Money


Be Smart About Food Shopping

If you're smart about it, buying in bulk can save you a ton of cash.
If you're smart about it, buying in bulk can save you a ton of cash.
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If there's one truism about large families it is this: They eat a lot and grocery bills can be a daunting expense. But it also just so happens to be one of the areas most primed for cost cutting through a variety of easy steps [source: Schrage]. First, it's absolutely necessary to use coupons. Some people embrace coupons with a gusto. You know, they're those "extreme couponers" who devote hours to finding coupons online and in the newspaper. And they know tricks to using them that most people don't know is possible, like combining manufacturer's coupons and store's coupons at the same time on the same item for extra savings [source: Schrage].

You don't have to go to this extreme, but Andrew Schrage, editor of Money Crashers, a Web site devoted to promoting financial fitness, says using some coupons is a no-brainer. "Take the time to at least look at the coupon section as you're scanning the store for potential purchases," he says. "By spending just a few minutes here and there you can save a ton of money every month on your grocery trips."

Obviously, coupons aren't the only way to save at the grocery store. Buying in bulk can yield tremendous savings, and always shopping with a list to avoid impulse purchases keeps money from flying out of your wallet.

Keep reading to see how eating healthier can also save you money.