Work & Money·Posted on Jul 1, 2022I'm Using My Past Life As A Cashier To Give You These 17 Never-Fail Tips On Saving Money At The Grocery StoreShop smart and make your money go further.by Angela AndaloroBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Grocery prices have me out here sweating this summer, and not because of the heat. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF NBC / Via rG64fY0gwM2wpKqQzM Luckily, my time as a supermarket cashier in high school did teach me a few things about saving money while shopping for food and household necessities. Here are some of those tips that can really make a difference. 1. Check out all the grocery stores in your area and choose wisely. Thinglass / Getty Images Most shoppers are tempted to run to the closest spot, but many times, convenience can cost you. Sometimes, shopping for specialty items in different stores from your staples can also help you save. 2. Buy more frozen and canned veggies (especially if you're throwing out unused fresh veggies at the end of the week). Monica Rodriguez / Getty Images Some people are ambitious shoppers and can't get through as many fresh fruits and veggies as they buy, creating unnecessary food waste. If you've recognized the pattern in yourself and are looking to save, think about subbing in frozen or canned products for those veggies whenever possible. 3. Get your spices elsewhere. Angelina Zinovieva / Getty Images/iStockphoto Supermarkets are great for a lot of things, but spices aren't one of them. You can easily find cheaper spices at many dollar stores and international markets. 4. Buy your staples in bulk if you're able. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Hulu / Via giphy.com Not everyone has the luxury of space, but if you can buy things like beans, rice, oatmeal, etc., in bulk, it's a great place to save a few bucks. If you're thinking about buying meat in bulk, a vacuum sealer can help protect your investment. 5. Explore all your different options for protein. Fcafotodigital / Getty Images Many people look to meat for their protein, but meat is pricey. Beans, eggs, and canned fish are some of the many cheaper alternatives you can use in recipes you already love. 6. Track the prices on your staples. Simpson33 / Getty Images/iStockphoto Pay attention to what you're paying for the items that frequently appear on your list. It makes it easy to tell if prices are going up for a normal, recurring reason or for other reasons, but knowing may allow you to find better prices elsewhere. 7. Shop the sales, but pay attention. D3sign / Getty Images It may feel great to get that item on sale, but if it's on sale because it's going to expire before you plan to use it, it's just money wasted. 8. Join all of your store's coupon apps and reward programs. Rez-art / Getty Images/iStockphoto Those little keychains can save you some big bucks, and now they don't even have to live in your pocket. Thanks to technology, you can get a lot of savings with minimal effort with store apps, coupon apps, and store reward programs. 9. Learn how to cook your prepackaged favorites from scratch. Violetastoimenova / Getty Images There's convenience in prepackaged foods, but if you really like certain meals, learning how to make them from scratch will save you money in the long run. 10. Check out the damaged and discounted items. Vtt Studio / Getty Images/iStockphoto Many markets have a shelf in the back that features items that are discounted because of damage or being close to expiration. For nonperishable items, such as cans and cereal boxes, this can be a place that makes a pretty big difference to your pocket without making a difference in your culinary experience. 11. Shop later at night. Chuchart Duangdaw / Getty Images Some supermarkets discount items in the last hour or two of their day so that there's less waste at the end of the night. You can score savings, ideally on items you plan to use relatively soon. 12. The rotisserie chicken is a seriously great value. Fang Zheng / Getty Images/iStockphoto Many people can get multiple meals out of one rotisserie chicken. You can also boil the carcass to make broth. 13. Don't sleep on store brands. Monticelllo / Getty Images/iStockphoto A lot of people have reservations about store brand items, but just try them. You may not choose them every time, but the times you do, you'll save. 14. Avoid things that are in any way pre-prepared. Adisak Mitrprayoon / Getty Images/iStockphoto Buying your garlic minced, or buying a stir-fry mix instead of chopping up veggies yourself may seem convenient, but it's also more expensive. Sometimes, devoting a few more minutes can make all the difference. 15. Stay away from the snacks by the register. Hispanolistic / Getty Images You'd be surprised how many people can't resist the temptation of that candy bar or little bag of chips. These items are rarely discounted and can end up adding up fast. 16. Bring your own bags! Steven Puetzer / Getty Images Many stores are charging extra for bags nowadays, whether they're offering paper or plastic or you're forced to buy their reusable bags. Getting in the habit of bringing your own can save you money and precious space in your house. 17. Talk to your cashier! Giselleflissak / Getty Images/iStockphoto We are people, too, and knowledgeable ones at that. If there's a new way to get savings, your cashier will have the scoop. Fellow employees and survivors of places where foods are sold, share your secrets! There's no gatekeeping allowed in this comment section.