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Keeping Grocery Store Costs Down

May 02 2011 Spending by 3 comments

We typically like to save money on buying a house, a car or some electronics purchase. You can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars on these big dollar items if you take the time to do your research. But there’s something else you can save on that will make a real difference in your monthly budget. It’s your food expenses.

Here are 5 tips to keep your grocery store costs down.

Keep A List

Don’t go to the grocery store without making a shopping list. If you’re at the store and want to add some more items to your cart, don’t. It wasn’t important enough to be added to your list, so you don’t need it. So make a list and stick to it. You don’t need to spend the time to jot down a shopping list with a pen and a paper. You can just easily use a smartphone app to create your shopping lists. Just tap a button and speak into your phone to have your shopping list created for you.

Use Cash

Take a certain amount of money in cash to the grocery store. This is your budget. Keep this in mind as you shop. Now you’re sure you can’t overspend. It seems like every time we go to the grocery store looking for just 2 items we end up with a cart full of stuff we didn’t intend to buy. It’s also been proven that credit cards make it easier to overspend. Make it a habit to not put your grocery store tab on credit cards and only use cash.

Eat First

Don’t go to the grocery store on an empty stomach. If you do, everything will seem delicious to you. Instead, go after eating, it’s good for you and your wallet too. Even eating an energy bar or having an energy drink is sufficient enough for you not to be hungry. When you’re hungry you’ll shop quickly, not bothering to look at the prices. You’ll also end up with a cart full of sugary foods you shouldn’t be buying.

Leftovers

When you cook, make enough to last for several days. It is cheaper to cook once and make enough to last you for a few days rather than to cook a new meal every day. It’s also much easier. Buying in bulk will also save you money at the grocery store.

Don’t Eat So Much

This tip seems obvious, but your body doesn’t require as much food as you normally eat. Eat more fruits and veggies, as they’re cheaper and of course healthier than meat. You may find that eating smaller portion sizes will result in making your waist smaller and your wallet fatter. And we all love that.

Comments

Hunter on 05/08/11

Using a small cart is also a great way to buy less. Funny, look at the giant cart in the image. She looks so happy. Seriously, eating before grocery shopping works. Especially if you need to take children to the store…they put less in the cart.


Auto Loan After Bankruptcy on 05/09/11

It is important to plan meals, You may be able to use left overs from last nights meal as am ingredient in today’s lunch or dinner.


Tyler Dee on 05/12/11

Great list. Might want to also consider shopping for fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets. These places often offer lower pricing because of no middle-man price increases. Just a thought!


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