Grocery shopping is something we can never get rid of. It’s a necessary evil for all of us. So how can we learn to do it better and save us money in the process?
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So many people go grocery shopping and spend a fortune. Here are some hints to help us do better.
• Planning can go a long way. Take the time to look around the kitchen to see what you need. Make your shopping list and take note of the coupons you want to use. Make sure that you also read the newspaper and flyers so you can get the best prices.
• Make sure you eat before you go shopping. You are more apt to not buy everything you see when you are not hungry.
• Keep a notebook with prices in it. Most people buy the same things week after week, so if you keep track of the regular prices and sale prices from various stores, you will know when to stock up on a sale.
• Have coupons only on items you use on a regular basis. When the items are on sale buy them, even if you don’t need them right away. Using a coupon and having it on sale will save you even more.
• Don’t be afraid of store brands. If you try a store brand and like it it can save you quite a bit. Most products are quite comparable to brand name items.
• If the sale item you are looking for is out of stock, don’t be afraid to get a rain check.
• Avoid the set ups that grocery stores have that are used for impulse buys. They are usually found at end of aisles and baskets in the center aisle.
• Keep your eyes on the scanner as the cashier rings through your items. If you see an incorrect item you can stop the cashier and have it fixed right away.
• Make sure you buy items before you run out of them. If you let yourself run out, you’ll have to pay what the store’s price is that week.
• Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season. Buying in season means they are fresh and inexpensive.
• Warehouse or bulk buying is usually a good idea for staples. But be aware of waste and the extreme amounts they have. (Do you really need five pounds of baking soda?)
These hints should get you on your way to being more aware when going to the grocery store. After you get the hang of it it will become second nature to you.