How much do you spend on groceries a month? Have you noticed the price of just about everything has gone up as of late? This trend isn’t going to stop any time soon.
If your grocery store expenses are beginning to eat away at your budget something’s got to change. If you want to keep your wallet and your stomach happy, follow these 7 smart ways to reduce your costs at the grocery store.
Make A List
This scenario plays out every day: You need to buy just a couple of things at the grocery store and before you know it you’re at the checkout lane with a cart full of goods. This happens because of a lack of careful planning. Before you go shopping, plan your meals, make a shopping list and stick to it.
Another great way to spend less at the grocery store is to pay attention to the stores’ current deals. When you enter the store it’s always a good idea to pick up their flyer/mailer which is full of their current deals and coupons. You can also find manufacturers coupons online that you can print and bring to the store with you.
Don’t Shop Hungry
One of the biggest mistakes many of us make is going to the store hungry. When you need a bite to eat, everything in the store looks good. It’s always good to go shopping right after eating a meal or a light snack. The chances of you overspending should dramatically decrease.
Buying organic foods is great, but only if it fits into your budget. Produce with a thick skin (such as avocados and bananas) aren’t too susceptible to pesticides, so you can skip the organic versions of those items.
Buy In Bulk
Take advantage of buying in bulk when possible. Individually wrapped items will always cost you more. You’re pretty much just paying extra for the packaging. Buying things in bulk helps you not only save money, but also saves trips to the grocery store.
Buy Store Brand Items
For most items, store brand items are equal to name brand items. There are a few exceptions such as corn flakes or potato chips for example. But for other items like bandages, pain relief medication, vitamins, raisins, peanuts, they’re the exact same thing.
Watch The Register
A final yet crucial tip on saving money on groceries is to always check the register during checkout. If you’re not keeping a keen eye on the display, you’ll find some items will be scanned twice or will ring up at a higher price. This is typical for sale items where the price change has yet to be changed in the system. But isn’t it interesting that the errors are never in your favor.
How else do you manage to cut costs at the grocery store?