August 29, 2017
Walking in to a grocery store with a budget is easy, but sticking to that budget can get a little tricky. The stores are good at strategically placing things in the perfect spot to make us buy it. I took it upon myself to do some research about how to avoid spending unnecessary money.
First, make a list before you leave the house. It’s important to go into a grocery store with a plan. Try to gather some meal ideas for the week that you want to prepare. Then only get what you need to prepare those meals. Then take a look at the ads for your local grocery stores and make a list of the best deals and where they come from. Having a list of items that are on sale is imperative. Not only will it help you avoid impulse buying, it will also help you get in and out of the grocery store faster so you can get on with the rest of your life.
Second, focus on the sale items. This is crucial for saving money on groceries. Your list should consist of what’s on sale each week. Learn to appreciate variety in your diet, it will save you a fortune over time.
Third, don’t shop hungry. I know you’ve heard this rule before, but it’s true. You will have less patience and less self-control. Leaving you powerless against impulse buying. Do yourself a financial favor and eat before you go shop.
Fourth, know the average prices so you can spot a good deal. How will you know a good deal from a terrible deal if you don’t know how much items normally cost? The more aware you become while you shop for groceries, the more familiar you will become with pricing.
Fifth, if it’s on sale (and you’ll use it) stock up. Stocking up on items that go on sale is always a good idea. You can even stock up on produce by picking out items that are not ripe yet. This will give you a few days or weeks before you have to consume them. Just be aware of expiration dates when stocking up.
Sixth, buy generic. Generally, generic is of equal value of name brand. Occasionally, it is the exact same product in a different package. So save money by going for the more reasonable, generic choice.
Finally, keep your eye on the cashier. When you go through the checkout line, make sure you are watching as the cashier rings up your purchases. Then, if an item rings up at the wrong price, you can correct it. If you don’t watch closely, you might be overcharged. Sometimes cashiers make mistakes and ring an item up twice. Make sure to look at your receipt before you leave or if available watch your running total on the debit or credit card machine. That way you can account for every item that was purchased.
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