Saving Grocery Shopping Tips
great way to help stretch your dollar and help with
your monthly budget is to save on your grocery
bills. Groceries are a large part of your budget,
especially if you have kids! I compiled some tips
that I have used with great success and saves me
hundreds of dollars a year on my grocery bills.
- One of
my biggest suggestions is to eat before shopping!
I don't know if you notice when you are shopping while
hungry, but when you get to the checkout line, your
cart is loaded! A lot of the purchases you make when
you are hungry are impulse buys. Buying on impulse
is not the way to shop.
- This brings
me to my next tip...Don't impulse buy! Stores know
that consumers buy on impulse and they know the perfect
placements for higher priced impulse products. Usually
these are at the end of isles, in "clearance
bins" or at the checkout line.
- Make a
list before you shop. This will help you purchase
just what you need and no more. As you make your list,
you can also check what you already have so you don't
purchase items you don't need and forget to purchase
items you do need!
- Try the
store brands. Not only are they cheaper than the name
brands, but sometimes they are exactly the same! Sometimes
the same factory makes the store brands and the name
brands, but change the labeling.
- Read and
compare the cost per unit stickers. You will sometimes
find that a product that costs less, has a higher
per unit cost than other alternatives! Buy the lowest
per unit cost groceries.
- Clip coupons.
Take the time to go through those coupons from the
newspaper or in mailers you receive. There are also
several online resources to shop for coupons. Some
websites I have used are Valupage
- Shop on
days when coupons or store card promotions are in
effect. Some stores have days when coupons are doubled.
These savings will add up!
your grocery shopping bills is a great way to cut costs
and stretch your money. By taking a little time to plan
ahead you can trim those grocery bills and have more
money for other things.