Grocery shopping doesn’t have to empty your wallet, you know. Here are some ideas to help you save at the grocery store and keep some cash in your pocket.
Make a Grocery Budget
Decide how much money you can spend on groceries. Stick to this number at the grocery store. By keeping a budget and not impulse buying, you will spend less, which saves you money without cutting out the groceries you actually need.
Take a Trip Every Week
Don’t wait a long time in between grocery store trips. Go every week and only buy what you need for the week. This helps break up your grocery budget and allows you to spread out your spending instead of spending a much larger sum of money all at once.
Plan Your Meals
Make up a meal plan for the week. By knowing what you plan on eating for dinner every night, you know what you need to buy other than the staples and what you don’t need to buy. You will save money by not buying randomly and by not buying food that you will throw out.
Don’t Waste Food
Save your leftovers. Freeze what you can. And don’t buy something you won’t eat.
For example, you can buy a large quantity of ground beef, but you probably won’t eat all of that at one time. Measure it out into 1lb sections and freeze what you aren’t going to use immediately. Now you won’t have to buy hamburger for a while, and you won’t waste any of it.
Don’t hesitate to use the coupons in the Sunday paper. You can also search online for printable coupons that you can redeem at the grocery store.
Some grocery stores allow double coupons. Some have certain specials on certain days. Shop on the day that saves you the most money by allowing you to use the most coupons or has the biggest specials.
Buy in Bulk
In some cases, buying in bulk will save you money. Granted, many things can’t be purchased successfully for a family of four in bulk, but non-perishables and canned food can be. See what you can buy in bulk and if it would save you any money over the long run.
Speaking of bulk, sometimes the ‘economy’ size is also beneficial if it is something that won’t spoil or won’t spoil for a long time.
Keep a Grocery List – and Stick to It
Make sure you always take a list of exactly what you need. By having a checklist, you will be less likely to impulse buy.
Oh, and never shop on an empty stomach. If you’re hungry, you’ll probably buy whatever tastes or looks good.