Some people do not care how much money they spend on grocery store. When the shelves of their refrigerators become empty, they simply go to the nearest store and purchase whatever they find appetizing. Most of them rarely prepare home-cooked food. People, who spend so much on grocery, usually find themselves in an awkward situation of financial problems. Therefore, every individual should develop a habit of not spending too much on groceries. Here are some simple ways that anyone can adopt in order to save money while grocery shopping:
1. Create a menu
Making a menu on the food you plan to eat is the best way to reduce spending too much on Credit: momscrazycooking.blogspot.comgroceries. This ensures that you will get the appropriate ingredients to cook a healthy meal at home, instead of ordering pizza. In addition, creating a menu will help you buy all the food you need in one shopping. Menus will make you remember to buy vital ingredients that you could have otherwise forgotten. This will save you time and fuel of going back to the store. You will have one less stress in your life, “what to cook for dinner?” Your children and spouse will not be constantly bombarding you with the questions about dinner. You have it written down. Your will save money and maybe get healthier along the way.
2. Leave young kids at home
Young kids are easily attracted by colorful things they come across. Even as stern you may be, Credit: au.lifestyle.yahoo.comYou will find yourself obeying the demands that your kids make. Shopping this way, will make you spend extra money on things that things that are just for luxury. Also, kids tend to be distracting and can make you do your shopping in haste, instead of comparing prices of the items. Therefore, it is advisable to leave your kids at home if you want amble time to do your shopping.
Did you know some major stores will hire psychologists to do research of where to place things to get the customers to buy them more? One example is the sections right around the cash register. The research shows that parents feel trapped, literally and figuratively, in the checkout lane when their children start wanting this and that. You are standing there with people in front of you and people behind you and your child starts wanting the candy bar. You start to think 88 cents is worth it to make them “shut up” and stop embarrassing you. Leave the kids at home.
3. Check for salesCredit: www.mrsjanuary.com
The grocery store normally put their food prices in the local newspaper. Also, they utilize the internet to advertise their products. Grab the opportunity and use their price list to make your own list.
When the prices of the food are low, you will have stock enough food for the future. This is important since the prices of food in the grocery can be uncertain. This tip goes alone with the planning menus as well as utilizing coupons, but can stand alone when just browsing the local advertising.
4. Purchase in-season produceCredit: www.hsph.harvard.edu
For good health, you should eat fresh vegetables and fruits. Unfortunately, buying fresh produce can cost you more money. To cut down cost on fresh produce purchases, stick to the vegetables and fruits that are in season since they are quite cheaper. For example, pears are less expensive during November and December, hence make a great holiday meal. There are some things that you cannot get around in buying. You should again try to request that your store puts in certain fruits and vegetables. If it will make them money they will consider it.
5. Utilize coupons
Coupons are of great value to grocery shopper. Though the saving per coupon is little, they can Credit: www.connections.coopadd up to big money. For instance each coupon may have a value of 25 cents. This means use can use 100 coupons to purchase a 25-dollar item.
You have seen the shows where people will go in and buy two shopping carts full of stuff with coupons and pay only a fraction of the cost. This is called extreme couponing for a reason. A lot of people that do this will buy things that they may store for months or years before they would even use it. You should exercise caution when using coupons as it can lead to impulse purchases. When you spend money you would not otherwise spend on products you would not otherwise use, now or the near future, this is not saving money, and this is spending money.
6. Choose a budget-friendly storeCredit: www.prevention.com
If you under financial burden, then you should consider making your purchases at stores which have lower prices. For example, there are stores that prices are 20% less than their competitors. If you decide to use this method of saving money, avoid buying from costly stores such as fresh market and whole market. Some stores will match the prices or coupons of their competitors. You can get a bargain while doing the shopping where you usually do. Look at all the advertisements for the stores and take them with you when shopping. Find the store that matches prices and buy them. You will save money from running here and there trying to save 5 cents.
7. Only buy what you need
Credit: www.mapleleafweb.com This is the most vital strategy in saving money on grocery shopping. However, this method can prove so difficult to implement. You will have to exercise self-control in order to avoid being tempted to buy unnecessary items. Impulse purchases can shoot your bill up by 20 to 30 percent. Avoid idling around the stores; buy what you need and leave the store immediately to avoid temptations. You can start avoiding impulse buying gradually, if you find it difficult to leave it at once. This tip goes along with other tips provided here but needs to be said on its own merit.
8. Skip prepared or pre-cut itemsCredit: grocerants.blogspot.com
Prepackaged food can save a lot of time at home. Most grocery stores sell the items that already been cut or sliced. This may be convenient, but they can cost more than non-prepared food items. Therefore, it is advisable to buy non-prepared foods rather than pre-processed food. The money saved from buying non-prepared food can be used for adding the stock of necessary food items.
9. Shop monthly
Shopping frequently can lead to many impulse purchases to avoid this, shop only once in a month at not more than two different stores. The main aim of this method is simply to avoid impulse buying. You will also save money on gas.
These tips are meant to help you save money with your trips to the stores. However, there is something else you can save with a lot of these tips; Time. If time is money, then you are saving a lot by implementing these tips. Use your time more wisely by spending it with your family. You may spend more time cooking and planning with these tips. You should be doing these things with your family. These are the things they will remember 20 years from now, not the few dollars you save.
Take care of yourself and others. Make today and everyday a great day.