What are some tips to save money when grocery shopping that you would give to someone who is not big on coupons? With a family of four and not being big into couponing myself, here are a few tips on how I save money on my grocery bill. 1) Always plan ahead. Meal planning is a big thing in my house. It cuts out all the stress of having to think up on a whim of what to cook for dinner when we all get home after work, school, soccer games, tutoring, and etc.. Knowing what I am going to be making ahead of time also allows me to hone in and buy only particular items that we need for the week meaning I am not spending money on miscellaneous items. 2) Inventory. Some family members and friends laugh at me when I tell them that I have to take an "inventory" of my pantry and refrigerator before grocery shopping. But I do, with a spreadsheet and all. I take into account all the things we have vs the things that we need. This allows me to focus on the things that I should buy and gives me a visual of what we already have and don't need to spend extra money on. 3) Leave the kids (and spouse!) at home. Everybody in my house knows that I go grocery shopping alone. Part of the reason why is because I like to get in the store and out as fast as I can. The main reason is because I've found that I spend double the amount of money I normally would if my family goes with me. Little hands throw in extra snacks or my husband will suddenly need to get five bags of chips. What I usually tell them to do before I leave for shopping is to write down the types of snacks they think they might want. Then I can allot some money for those types of things without it affecting my budget too much. So those are just a few of mine. What are some of your ways for saving money when it comes to groceries?