One of the most common complaints I hear from coupon queens and kings is that milk coupons are rare. The cost of a gallon of milk can often buy as much as a gallon of gas—which makes it easy for me to skip the dairy aisle at times. However, there are plenty of innovative ways you can save on this basic shopping list item—you can even stock up on it if you want! Here are eight ways you can begin saving on milk every time you go to the store!

1. Check prices at your local gas station

I’ve often found that I can purchase a gallon of milk a lot cheaper at a gas station (as opposed to local grocery stores). While food items tend to be higher at gas stations, milk in my area is typically $1 less. It’s just as fresh and also cuts out the temptation to impulse purchase other items.

2. Price match, of course!

Check all of your local stores to see who has the best price, since they are hardly ever the same. This knowledge can help you price match when shopping to ensure you get the cheapest price.

3. Explore powdered milk

This tip is a huge one! I assure you, powdered milk tastes the same as regular milk when prepared ahead at night and cooled for 24 hours. If the thought of drinking it bothers you, you can at least use it when baking. A recipe that calls for two cups of milk can make your gallon disappear fast, so why not mix up two cups of powdered milk for a fraction of the cost? You’ll never know the difference! Powdered milk can also be used in pancake recipes, muffin recipes, pudding recipes and so much more!

4. Freeze milk for later (yes, you can do that!)

My store will often run clearance sales on milk when it nears expiration. I used to kick myself because I knew it was a great deal but also knew that if I stocked up I would never finish all of it before it went bad. So, with a little research, I learned you can freeze milk. Please note: This only works with skim milk because otherwise the milk and fat will separate when frozen. When you wish to use, simply defrost in the fridge and pour into your favorite recipes.

5. Check the brands and buy generic

At every store there is an expensive brand and a generic brand of milk available; the taste and quality is the same. Be sure you’re purchasing the generic store brand for the best price. If it doesn’t meet your expectations, most stores offer a 100% refund on their products, so you have nothing to lose by trying it.

6. Keep a close eye on expiration dates

Throwing away unused milk is an awful waste. If it’s nearing expiration and you won’t be getting to it, either freeze (if skim) or use up in pudding or other baking recipes.

7. Try requesting coupons from name brand suppliers

Here are a few companies who have sent me high-value coupons after I emailed praise about a product or who have printable coupons available on their websites. Some coupons are for organic or soy milk products; but if you don’t typically drink these, as with powdered milk, they’re fine for baking!

8. Check for rebates

The Krazy Coupon Lady’s favorite apps almost always have rebates on milk that range anywhere from $0.25-$0.50 off per gallon. Combine these savings with some of the ideas above and you can get even deeper savings!

As you can see, with just a few simple changes, you can find milk at the best price and make it last longer in your home! The money you’ll save adds up, and if you want to take that savings and buy your own cow, you can! Until then, happy milk hunting and drinking!

This has been a guest post by Katie from South Bend, IN
Find out more about the KCL Contributor Network!

No Cow Needed: 8 Ways to Save on Milk