Do you ever feel like you always spend more than you planned when you go grocery shopping? It’s easy to do. So here are a few easy tips to help you cut costs for your next trip.
What’s in a name?
It’s possible but very rare that a name brand product actually tastes better than a generic brand. So, unless it makes a big difference to you, go with store brands and save anywhere from 25 to 50 percent off your name brand costs. This applies to those of us who buy organic also. I’ve loved the savings we’ve gotten by switching to store brand organic foods.
Write it down.
How often have you walked into a grocery store thinking that you just needed to pick up a couple of items but actually walked out with a cart full of stuff? It’s so easy…so, I’ve heard. 😉 One of the best ways to fend off impulse buying is by simply making a list. I try to keep a running list of items I need to pick up on the refrigerator. That way, when it’s time to go to the grocery store, my list is ready to go.
Sometimes I remember something I actually needed that wasn’t on my list. So, obviously, that’s not impulse buying. However, other times I see something I’d like to get but am not sure about how good of a deal it is or how much I really need it. In that case, I usually check to see how long it’s on sale so that I can go home and think about it.
If you fail to plan, you plan to…spend more money!
Set aside an hour each week to plan what you’ll make for dinner. Always start with what you have. Is there chicken or beef in the freezer? Start there? Any produce you need to use, don’t let it go bad. Plan to use it for dinner. You’re more likely to spend more making last minute decisions about dinner.
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