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5 Great Apps That Will Save You Big Money at the Grocery Store

5 Great Apps That Will Save You Big Money at the Grocery Store

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Watch your food bill drop with these easy cash back and coupon-generating apps.

In today’s tech-centric world, grocery store apps are the new coupon books. Instead of flipping and clipping through page after cluttered page, you simply browse and click from the convenience of your phone. Yet not every app is a winner. Some are better—more user-friendly, greater savings, and less hassle—than others. Here, a roundup of five of the highest-rated apps in the industry worth a download. Bonus: they’re all free. Get ready to save big.


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About: This popular shopping app offers cash back rewards on both in-store and in-app purchases. Ibotta partners with major companies in more than 750,000 locations—including Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, Costco, Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, and more—to save you money on your weekly grocery haul. Simply browse cash back deals in the app before you shop and then after checkout, upload your receipt into the app (or link your store loyalty card) to redeem offers, which can be cashed out via PayPal, Venmo or a gift card. You’ll also get up to $30 in bonus funds for referring friends to the app.

Download: Available on Apple and Android products.


About: Billed as “the essential app for your weekly shopping,” Flipp delivers money-saving offers from more than 800 stores, like Kroger, King Soopers, Winn Dixie, Walmart, Target, and others. By matching local circular deals with brand coupons, the app provides savings of up to 50 percent off your weekly essentials. On top of that, it’s easy to use—just link loyalty cards from your go-to stores to the app and then clip coupon deals to your card to save at checkout. You can also plan ahead and discover deals for each item on your shopping list and receive reminders about expiring deals, new offers, and updates from local stores.

Download: Available on Apple and Android products.

The Krazy Coupon Lady

About: Prepare yourself for crazy-good deals. This aptly named app posts 80 new coupon offers every day, providing exclusive access to big-time deals at retailers like Costco, Safeway, Whole Foods, Walmart, and more. You’ll also get in-app articles with money-saving tips and advice from the Krazy Coupon Lady community of budget-conscious shoppers. On top of that, you can create shopping lists and save your coupons directly in the app and then sync across your devices.

Download: Available on Apple and Android products.


About: Pick from hundreds of stores—including national stores with grocery departments, like Walmart and Target—to get coupons that have been hand-selected and vetted by Shopular staff. Other perks include up to 25 percent cash back when you shop through the app, plus notifications for nearby sales, access deals, and promo codes.

Download: Available on Apple and Android products.

The Coupons App

About: Coupons and weekly ads are updated daily on this top-ranked app. You can redeem money-saving coupon rebates straight to your phone, and browse weekly ads and Sunday sales for well-known grocery stores including Kroger, Aldi, and Winn Dixie. To stay on top of the latest deals, you can also create custom alerts to know when new offers become available at your favorite stores.

Download Available on Apple and Android products.

These Mistakes Are Killing Your Grocery Budget

Ask anyone where they want to save money in their budget, and the answer is usually groceries. Your family’s grocery bill is probably one of your biggest monthly expenses, other than mortgage or rent.

But even if you think you’re doing a great job planning and saving, I guarantee that you are spending too much money and making mistakes that are killing your grocery budget!

The truth is that even I’m guilty of making some of these grocery budget mistakes. I admit it. I own it! But, I also recognize it and have taken steps to be smarter when I shop to save money on groceries.

1. Know When to Shop

Coupons and promotional offers found in weekly circulars aren’t the only ways to reduce your grocery bill. Knowing when to visit the grocery store in the first place can also work. A few tips on strategic grocery shopping:

  • Shop on Wednesday: This is often the best day to shop because it’s when many grocers release their weekly circular. You’ll have first dibs on sale items for the week ahead and, if you’re lucky, the store may still honor price reductions on items you forgot to pick up from the previous week’s sale.
  • Avoid Tuesdays and Saturdays: Tuesdays can be crowded as people try to take advantage of expiring deals, and the week’s sale items may be sold out Saturday is the busiest shopping day of the week.
  • Shop early or late: The early bird gets the worm because clearance items are usually placed out in the wee hours of the morning and can disappear in a flash. Meanwhile, an hour before closing is when department heads or grocers get desperate, especially in the bakery and produce department, drastically reducing prices on items set to expire.

Because of the level of uncertainty that exists in my schedule, I’m not always able to shop on Wednesdays. However, when I do have some downtime, I try to visit the grocery store, followed by the fruit stand, as early as possible.

It never fails the aisles are so quiet you can hear a penny hitting the floor, there’s a handsome supply of meat on clearance, and I fly through the checkout line. As for the fruit stand, the selection is always fresh, and since I’m usually the first customer to arrive, there are plenty of options to choose from.

The phone apps that save you big money at the supermarkets

If you've ever wondered if there's an easier way to find the best discounts at your local grocery shops and supermarkets than trawling through the weekly catalogues that clog your letterbox, then this is the place for you.

At 9Honey Kitchen we know what a challenge it is to find the best buys for your shopping trips and how important sticking to a budget is. So, we were buzzing when our Food Editor Jane de Graaff trialled and tested the most popular apps for smartphones that are doing the rounds and claiming to make life easier and - more importantly - cheaper for your next shop. Check out the video above as 9Honey Kitchen drops into the Today show this morning to chat all things $ saving with hosts Karl Stefanovic and Georgie Gardner.

And just ignore the moment Karl claims that men aren't as distracted or enticed by discounts and bargains as women are. because Sylvia Jeffreys has a comeback that shuts him down, dead. Check it out in the clip above. Because we reckon that everyone loves a bargain. everyone. Ya hear us Karl?

Read on for all the tips on how each dollar-saving app works, and to find out which one is right for you.

Take a listen to the 9Honey Kitchen fifteen minute food-prep podcast for all the tips on an easy dinner tonight, as Jane de Graaff chats to TV host and writer Melissa Leong about perfect pantry staples and how to make the best hot pot.

Here's what we found with each app, so that you can decide which one is best for your next shopping trip:

Shop Jam:
This app is currently making waves because it actually feels like a game for your grocery shopping. It only compares prices at Woolies and Coles, but it's comprehensive and easy to navigate. We love that you can make different lists (one for each store) and then just go straight to the isles in-store for you items, because it tells you exactly where to find them.

It’s even better that you can link up with your supermarket account for the store and have the items delivered if you don’t have time to go in. It’s a really easy interface to use and you can make complete shopping lists, not just lists of specials. So, it effectively cuts shopping time.
The total savings and the percentage of savings help you see exactly how much you’ve reduced your shop by and it’s the most useful app in terms of saving time.

The images are great and there's even a bar code scanner that lets you shop for the items you love, from your own home. Running low on the olive oil you love? Just scan the barcode with your phone in the app and it will tell you which store is stocking it for the cheaper price. Fun!
This app is useful, comprehensive and kind of fun at the same time.

Trolley Saver:
This one is good for comparisons between Coles, Woolies and ALDI, so there are even more savings options. You can set alerts for the percentage of saving you want on specific items (like pet food or soft drink etc) and it will send you an alert when there's a significant discount. Which means the saving scan be pretty big.
There’s no isle guide once you’re in store, however. This app is best for the discount items for the day/week rather than what you actually need for your comprehensive weekly shop.
It does create separate lists for your different supermarket shops, which means you don’t need to sort through them for each shop you visit, which is a good thing. No delivery option currently.

Grocery Getter:
This app also does Coles, Woolies and ALDI in your area. Delivery options were limited however (advising no delivery to our area) and no isles listed in-store.
It is great for price comparisons of where items that have the biggest discount, but it was a little lacking in images of the products.
It tells you total savings and creates one list for you to work through, rather than the split lists of the other apps. It’s a simple app to use and again it’s about the bigger discounts per item, rather than a cheaper overall comprehensive shopping trip. So it’s really good if you want to stock up on something when it’s cheap.

Supermarket specific apps:
Coles and Woolworth's both have apps that let you look at specials, but the app also lets you do all your shopping online for pick up or delivery. You can avoid impulse buys by sticking to your list or opting to collect the order, rather than selecting items from the isles yourself. They have all the discounts located in one part of the app too, which is great.

In addition, the Coles app has a barcode scan (like the Shop Jam app) to help you easily find items you’re running low on at home.

ALDI currently does not facilitate shopping online, but you can search by category to see what’s on special and discount. The savings here are big, but you still have to take your list in-store and pick the items yourself. You can see all the specials in one easy spot on the app.

The outcome:
All the apps are useful, and easier to navigate and compare than catalogues to help save you money, you just need to pick the one that will work best for you. If you're loyal to a supermarket, then the store’s own app is a good choice. If you want to do your full shop easily and find which store has which items cheaper and where the isles are (or have it delivered to you), then Shop Jam is comprehensive.

If you’re just looking for the best discounts and savings going around, and don’t mind heading in-store yourself, or want to stock up on something when it’s at a 50% discount, then Trolley saver and Grocery Getter (and their alerts) are great.

Now get saving! And we reckon there might even be an app that gets Karl hunting for bargains.

(iStock) Save money at the super market

Where to Get Coupons for Groceries

To get you started, we’ve gathered a list of some of the best grocery coupon sites that can save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars every year.

Many of these websites focus solely on grocery coupons, whereas others are more general coupon sites, but prominently feature grocery coupons.

Here are some of our favorite places to find grocery and food coupons that you can print out:

1. SmartSource

SmartSource is one of the best grocery coupon sites out there.

It’s always updating the coupons on offer, meaning that you’ve always got access to fresh savings.

On this website, you can find coupons for a plethora of well-known brands, like General Mills and Kraft.

SmartSource also has a handy grocery coupon app for Android, which you can download here. It also has an app for iOS, which you can download here.

With SmartSource, you get access to printable grocery coupons.

You can also register and enter a shopper card, and then get “clip-free” coupons loaded directly to it. When you use your card at checkout, the coupons will automatically be used.

2. CoolSavings

If you want deep discounts on thousands of products, then you should definitely check out CoolSavings.

This website offers a plethora of grocery coupons, including printable and online coupons.

As the website updates its deals daily, it’s one of the best resources for printable grocery coupons.

Finding and printing coupons at CoolSavings is really easy to do, making this one of the most convenient platforms on this list.

In addition to offering a wide range of printable coupons, CoolSavings also offers a good selection of coupon codes that can get you deals, like free shipping.

3. Grocery Smarts

Get access to a variety of money saving deals and coupons at Grocery Smarts.

This website takes grocery store ads and matches them up with coupons to give you the best deal.

Grocery Smarts is designed for people that want to combine in-store sales and deals with manufacturer coupons for maximum savings.

On the site, you can find a plethora of printable grocery apps.

Grocery Smarts isn’t as easy to use or navigate as others on this list. The coupons are divided into four different groups, including Group A, B, C, and Singles. This can be a bit confusing when you first come to use the site.

You can also search for coupons by product type, like condiments, laundry or dessert.

You can visit the website for coupons or download the app for Android here.

4. Grocery Coupon Network

If you want the latest deals, then you should definitely check out the Grocery Coupon Network.

It updates its coupons hourly, so you always get access to the latest savings.

Printable grocery coupons are available from the site, as are coupon codes.

The website also does weekly coupon matchups for more than 35 regional and national grocery stores, like Walmart and Kroger.

According to the site, the average family saves $56 per month by using the Grocery Coupon Network.

5. PPGazette

If you’re looking for great grocery coupons and stackable offers, then visit PPGazette.

It’ a grocery coupon search engine, designed to find store and manufacturer coupons from all over the internet.

You can search for products or brands yourself, or you can look through the coupons the site compiles.

If you want to make sure that you’re getting the best deal, but you don’t have time to scour the internet yourself, then you should definitely check out PPGazette.

6. RedPlum

You know those RedPlum Coupon Books that you get in the newspaper or via direct-mail? Well, essentially, this website is the online version of that.

While it might not be quite as well-known as sites like, RedPlum is one of the best sources for grocery coupons.

On the website, coupons are split into two categories – “Printable” and “Downloadable”.

The printable coupons can be clipped and used at the grocery store. The downloadable coupons can be loaded onto your grocery loyalty card, if you’ve registered it.

There’s not as large a selection of coupons available on RedPlum compared to other coupon sites, but it’s always worth taking a look. The comparatively small selection of coupons that are available offer pretty high savings.

7. Mambo Sprouts

If you’re into organic food, then you should definitely check out Mambo Sprouts.

It’s a website that provides advice, information and recipes that are all focused on organic food.

But, it also offers a pretty good selection of coupons, again for organic food.

On the website, you can find a selection of printable coupons and e-coupons.

8. is one of the biggest and most well-known coupon sites out there, and with good reason.

It offers such a large number of coupons that you’re almost always going to find one for a product that you often buy.

It offers printable coupons and digital coupons as well.

So, whether you order your groceries online or pick them up in-store, you should definitely check

9. CouponMom

Another great resource for grocery coupons is CouponMom.

This popular website offers a good selection of printable grocery coupons, for everything from food to laundry.

It also offers drugstore coupons.

What’s interesting about this website is that it allows you to view coupons by state, meaning you can get access to a lot of local deals.

One of the best aspects of the site, which has been mentioned on The Today Show and CNN, is that it offers such a varied selection of coupons.

10. Valpak

From pet food to pizza, you can find a fairly wide selection of coupons at Valpak.

The website offers printable grocery coupons for well-known brands.

It has coupons that can be used at a plethora of grocery stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.

11. is a popular coupon website and with good reason.

It offers a huge variety of coupons, promo codes and other great discounts for a plethora of different brands, products, and retailers.

On the website, you can find a great selection of printable grocery coupons, which are frequently updated.

12. I Heart Publix

Another great resource for grocery coupons is I Heart Publix. On this platform, you can find tons of grocery coupons for a wide range of products, and stores.

Like PPGazette, I Heart Publix gathers coupons from other sources, like SmartSource, and Redplum, and puts them in one place.

This saves you so much time, as you don’t have to scour a ton of different sites to find great deals – they are all in one place.

On I Heart Publix you can find printable grocery coupons, as well as coupon codes.

It’s definitely a site to add to your list of resources for grocery coupons.

13. Free Coupons

Another excellent place to find grocery coupons is at Free Coupons.

This website offers a really varied selection of both printable coupons and coupon codes.

From laundry detergent to coffee, on the website, you can find thousands of coupons for big brands and popular products.

The website also has a newsletter, and signing up for it gets you access to VIP coupons.

14. P&G BrandSaver

If you’re looking to save money on groceries, then you should definitely visit P&G BrandSaver.

It’s run by the company Protctor & Gamble and offers printable coupons for many of the company’s brands.

There are coupons for brands like Ariel, Bounty, Always, Crest and Pampers on the website, which offer great savings.

15. Lozo

Lozo is a really unique website that makes finding grocery coupons you actually want easy.

On this website, you enter your grocery list, and it automatically searches for matching coupons. This is such a useful feature. It means that you don’t have to take your time searching through for the coupons you need.

If you’re not looking for any coupons in particular, you can also browse the site’s collection of coupons yourself.

Reader Interactions


Thank you Tiffany!!
I really struggle with trying to meal plan. I really thought everyone found it easy and tried to incorporate meals that were different. But I see by your post that starting with the basics makes more sense.

The part of your meal plan that was so helpful to me was the categories and the simple meal/leftovers night. I need room for creativity (and leftovers) in my plan. Thank you for the great idea!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I’ve been trying to be more consistent at meal planing. This is a great tool!

You’re very welcome! I’m so glad it helps!

Looking forward to this series. Thanks for taking the time to break it down. Meal planning is a must when you are trying to save money, and eat healthier too. I agree, one must find a way that works, don’t give up if your first attempts didn’t work out well.

You’re most welcome Michele, and you’re absolutely right. We must continuously tweek methods (or find new ones) to fit our ever-changing needs!

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How meal delivery saves you money

No food waste

If you grocery shop regularly, then you&rsquoll likely run into some form of food waste. No matter how carefully you plan out your meals, you probably always seem to end up with an extra onion or a lone sweet potato hanging out in the fridge.

With the help of a meal delivery service, you can eliminate food waste from your budget. Instead of leaking pennies with food waste, the pre-portioned meal ingredients ensure that you won&rsquot have leftover ingredients going bad in your fridge.

Once cooked, the servings are very exact. For example, if you order two servings, you&rsquoll almost always receive exactly two servings. As I said above, you won&rsquot have any leftovers, but that can be a big money saver if you are constantly throwing away leftovers.

Top-quality ingredients for less

When you head to the grocery store, you may or may not be picking out top-quality ingredients. But a meal delivery service can ensure that you are receiving the best ingredients available.

Sunbasket, for example, offers certified organic and sustainable meals made with antibiotic-free meats and seafood.

If you want to eat high-quality ingredients with a sustainable attitude, it can be time-consuming to run around town for those ingredients. But with the help of Sun Basket , you can simply select the meals that interest you and enjoy the organic ingredients.

Since organic ingredients can come with a premium price tag at the store, you won&rsquot be spending too much more to enjoy the convenience of a meal delivery service. You likely will even save money!

Fewer trips to the grocery store

A smaller grocery bill is one surefire way to save with a meal delivery service. With fewer meals to plan for yourself, you will find yourself making trips to the grocery store less often, which means you won’t buy those two packs of Oreos that are “on sale”.

As an additional perk, you can save time by cutting out long trips to the store. Although you may only shave an hour off of your weekly chores, it is a worthwhile time-saving!

Less temptation to dine out

The most obvious way that a meal delivery service can save you money is by tempting you to stay home instead of dining out. It is not a secret that the expense of eating out can quickly add up.

If you are dining out several times a week, then a meal delivery service can offer significant savings. Not only will you save money each week, but you’ll also build better habits. Over time, you may become more accustomed to cooking at home and save dinners out for special occasions.

Plus, you won&rsquot find it challenging to stay in when the meals offered by a service like HelloFresh offer mouth-watering options. For example, Pork & Mexican Street Corn Tacos sound tempting enough for me to skip my regular Taco Tuesday out. With a multitude of tasty meal options, HelloFresh can help you save money by skipping takeout.

Skip deliveries when you have other plans

One of the biggest worries I had when considering a meal delivery service was the commitment. Personally, my schedule changes from week to week. I didn&rsquot want to be locked into a meal delivery if I scheduled a trip or made other dinner plans.

I was relieved to discover that most, if not all, meal delivery services allow you to &lsquoskip&rsquo weeks. For example, Blue Apron will allow you to skip as many weeks as you’d like. You&rsquoll be able to make your skip selections up to five weeks in advance.

With this, you won&rsquot have to worry about spending money on deliveries that you can&rsquot eat. Your budget will appreciate this feature.

2. Make Meals at Home

It can be tough to find the energy to make a meal after a long day at work. Start out with the habit of cooking at least twice a week, if you eat out often, and slowly build up to three or four times a week. If that’s not realistic for you, find time on Sunday to meal prep a few easy dinners for the week. This way you’ll have a meal ready to go when you come home from work.

The same goes for coffee. Buying a coffee every day can seem like a small expense but it really puts a dent in your wallet in the long run. Cutting out this one small expense can add up to hundreds or potentially even thousands of dollars in savings each year.

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30 Ways to Save Money Like Your Grandma Did

One of my treasured heirlooms is my Gram's vintage Good Housekeeping cookbook. Its tattered and stained pages include a "Wartime Supplement" that describes how to cope with WWII food rationing, especially staples such as sugar and meat. The cookbook's money-saving tips are still surprisingly relevant. While our grandparents may have been frugal from necessity, there's a lot we can learn from their thriftiness on many different fronts. Here's how to "waste not, want not" and save money like our grandparents did.

Cutting out the middle man saves money. Shop at farmers' markets or consider joining a community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm. For a small annual fee, you'll get a box of produce every week during the growing season. It's fresh, local, and generally costs less than you'd spend at the grocery store. Bonus: Some farms are certified organic.

If you get a hole in your sock or tear a seam, don&rsquot toss the garment. Fix it. Picking up a few basic sewing techniques, such as how to hem pants or sew on a button, saves money in the long run. Teach yourself with YouTube tutorials, or convince a friend to take classes with you at a local crafts store.

Bought too many berries at the farmers' market? Don&rsquot want those cucumbers your neighbor gave you getting soggy? Learn different ways to preserve food just like our grandparents did so that nothing spoils. And don&rsquot be scared: If you can read a recipe, you can learn to can. Find tips for freezing, dehydrating, fermenting and canning at the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

Meat shortages meant our grandparents had to stretch their rations to get more out of every portion. The cookbook suggests making meat a supporting player, not the focus of meals. Try dishes such as French lentils with sausage, pasta e fagioli soup, or a savory stew that's heavy on the veggies, light on the animal proteins.

Our grandparents didn't have a cabinet full of expensive products to clean house. They used tried-but-true basics you always have on hand, such as: bleach for disinfecting, baking soda for light scrubbing, and vinegar and water with a dash of dishwashing liquid for windows. For most cleaning, that's all it takes alongside a dose of elbow grease.

Keep it simple with a pile in the backyard, as my grandparents did. You can get a closed bin if it&rsquos located somewhere more visible. Collect &ldquogreen&rdquo waste such as kitchen scraps, and &ldquobrown&rdquo waste such as dry leaves and twigs. Avoid adding food scraps, which will attract pests, and pet waste or diseased plants, which could contaminate your compost. Keep adding layers, stir occasionally, and let Mother Nature do the work.

Soup is filling and cheap. And it&rsquos perfect for your slow cooker so you don&rsquot even have to think about dinner. Plus, leftovers freeze well.

It&rsquos never too late. Don&rsquot throw up your hands and give up because you didn&rsquot start sooner. Something is always better than nothing. Set up a direct deposit so you&rsquoll save automatically. We promise you won&rsquot even miss what you didn&rsquot have in your hands in the first place.

An old-fashioned barn-raising or a quilting bee was nothing more than friends helping each other out. If you love to paint, and she&rsquos great at cutting hair, you both can save a bundle by trading your abilities and not having to hire someone.

Don&rsquot toss raggedy sheets, towels, and t-shirts. Use them for drop cloths when you&rsquore painting, or cut them up into manageable squares for cleaning rags. Cotton and flannel fabrics tend to work best. They&rsquore soft, washable, and almost infinitely reusable.

Our grandparents didn't rely on takeout to feed their families. "You don't have to make everything from scratch, but getting into the habit of not eating out all the time is a huge money-saver," says Kristen Cross, the blogger behind The Frugal Girl. "I'm a big fan of keeping meals simple. For example, we do a soup night, taco night, and pizza night regularly so I don't have to think too much about it."

I have many fond memories of Gram&rsquos can of sequins and buttons that she hoarded for the craft projects we made together. Save all those fun little scraps: bits of ribbon, cute little glass jam jars, broken costume jewelry, little cardboard berry containers, etc. Toss everything in a plastic container, and you&rsquoll be surprised at how many creative uses you&rsquoll find for these treasures.

It's far cheaper and better for you than buying prepared or prepackaged foods that are loaded with sodium and preservatives. "Start small," says Kristen, aka The Frugal Girl. "Pick something your family eats all the time, then add new recipes to your scratch repertoire as you feel more confident." Kristen learned to make granola and yogurt because those are foods her family eats frequently, so the savings add up in the long run.

Our grandparents did not buy on credit. Period. If you&rsquore shopping for holidays or birthdays (or even to splurge on yourself), go to the ATM first and get cash. Paying with actual money makes it feel more &ldquoreal,&rdquo so you&rsquoll likely spend less, too.

If you&rsquore going on a day trip or family outing, pack up some sandwiches, pasta salad, or even soup for chilly days. It&rsquos cheaper than having to feed everyone at a restaurant, plus the view is more scenic!

"It's a chore, but if I don't have a menu and grocery list, I buy food I don't need or forget to buy what I do need," The Frugal Girl's Kristen says. Write up a menu for a few days to a week ahead, then make your shopping list so you can resist impulse buys. Inventory your fridge and pantry regularly, too, so you don't forget what's hiding in there. Wasted and spoiled food accounts for as much as $2,275 in losses annually for a family of four!

Long before it was environmentally smart, my grandparents collected rain as it ran off the garage roof into a barrel. Make or buy your own to collect free water for your garden.

Sure, it&rsquos fine to go out occasionally. But that adds up. Bringing your own lunch also helps you control portion size and calories. Do it the night before if you&rsquore always running late in the morning.

My grandmother was talented with needle arts and loved creating afghans, handmade kitchen towels, and lace tablecloths for people she loved. Homemade gifts are more memorable anyhow, and everybody has a special talent: Bake a plate of brownies. Give a coupon for a weekend of pet sitting. Create a memory book of old photos, or enlarge and frame one.

Your grandma probably had a favorite butcher and a single grocery store where she shopped. It's fine to do the same and shop one or two stores with the best prices on the kinds of foods your family consumes regularly.

"I don't drive all over town to follow sale prices every week because I don't find it cost-effective," The Frugal Girl tells us. Instead, she knows certain items such as baking supplies, nuts, and frozen fruits are cheapest at the warehouse club, while she finds the best prices on dairy and produce at a local discount grocery store.

Running errands? Throw a few granola bars, an apple, or little bags of nuts in your car or purse so you won&rsquot have to deal with whining kids or your own "hangry" state because you skipped lunch. You&rsquoll always have something nutritious to tide you over, and you won&rsquot be tempted by the drive-thru.

My grandma's cookbook says that they're cheap, filling, and nutritious, containing good stuff like fiber, B vitamins and plant-based protein. Try subbing black beans for ground beef in burgers, tacos, and burritos. Toss beans over salads, or puree for dip or a sandwich spread. Save even more cash by using dry beans, which are less expensive than canned just remember you'll have to soak them for several hours to overnight before cooking. If you're in a hurry, lentils don't require soaking before cooking.

While it's super-easy to pick up pre-cubed butternut squash or ready-to-cook fresh green beans, they may cost three times as much as the whole foods. Learn to cut up the squash yourself, and be real: Snapping off the ends of green beans doesn't take that much time. Check prices next time you're in the store to see how much pre-cut produce is marked up.

My grandpa taught me this: Performing proper maintenance on big-ticket items, such as your car, helps them last longer. So, wash it once a week. Get the oil changed regularly. Make sure the tires are properly inflated and rotated.

Your grandparents probably had a backyard or "victory" garden during the war to supplement their rations. Even if it's just a few pots on a deck or a small plot next to the patio, try your hand at easy-to-grow veggies such as lettuce, kale, and beans, or herbs such as basil, parsley, and thyme, which is so much cheaper than buying those $5 bundles at the grocery store. Plus, there's something fun and satisfying about growing your own food.