Have you ever had that moment when you’re at the grocery store checkout, watching the numbers rise on the bill? Ever wondered how you could shave some of those zeros off your grocery bill?
Supermarkets are in the business of making money, and it’s clear. Shelves at eye-level are stocked with the higher priced items, while essentials like dairy and produce are stocked at opposite ends of the store. This forces you to walk through the inner aisles, making it super easy to overshop overspend on groceries. If you’d like to be a savvy shopper, here are a few steps to cut costs.
Look for sales
Look at the grocery store’s circular every week, to see what’s on sale. Decide in advance and make a list of all the sale items that you plan on using within the next month.
Coupons can save you some serious money at checkout. Look for coupons in your weekly Sunday newspapers or in a printable online format. Pay close attention to the items that are already on sale, the items you already use and the items you can use. Store your coupons in a filing folder, by date, so that you can keep them organized.
Make a shopping list
Plan your meals out for the week. Make a grocery list based on the ingredients you require for each dish. Creating a shopping list will not only help you to remember the items you need, it will also prevent you from throwing unnecessary items in your cart. Writing your budget over the top of your shopping list will also serve as a visual reminder to you whenever you look down at it and will prevent you from overspending.
Go shopping on a full stomach
When you’re super hungry, it’s easy to overspend on food shopping. While you browse the aisles and spot food you like, you’ll end up buying things that look really appealing when you’re craving dinner. Avoid this by stepping out to the grocery store after eating a meal.
Shop for seasonal produce
It isn’t very often that the best of something is also the least expensive, but this does happen to be the case with seasonal produce. It will taste better and also save you money, like travel costs associated with shipping out-of-season produce to the U.S.