Saving money when grocery shopping may seem like a daunting task, especially if there are picky eaters in your household or everyone is too busy to get all the ingredients together to make a meal. But there are plenty of things you can do to save money on groceries that are not only easy but won’t take up any extra time in your already busy work week. This article will educate and inspire you to start saving money on groceries without sacrificing the quality of food you give your family.
Shop with a calculator
Before you go shopping, figure out what you're going to buy and how much you're planning to spend. Then, get a calculator or use the calculator on your phone to add up the cost of every item you put in your cart before you head to the checkout counter. Keeping track of how much you're spending will help you stay on budget.
Plan meals with what's in your pantry already
There’s always food in your pantry and refrigerator, so why not use them to plan your meals? See what you can make without spending any money and only buy what's needed after you organize your meal plan ingredients.
Use a smaller basket or cart
When you're at the market, try using a basket instead of filling up your cart. You'll have to think twice about putting those extra items back on the shelf if they won't fit. Many supermarkets now have a line for shoppers with 10 or fewer items, which can make shopping less of a chore and more enjoyable.
Buy in bulk online
Take advantage of special bulk-purchase discounts without actually signing up for a membership. Today you can buy giant packs of paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo, and other common household and grocery products from most major brands online. But, be careful not to overbuy.
Shop outer aisles and bottom shelves
Grocery stores stock pricier snacks in the middle aisles, forcing you to walk through the entire store to get them. Skip the fake deals by scanning the top and bottom shelves as well.