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10 Ways to Save Money Grocery Shopping
1. Make a Grocery List:
Making a list before leaving home will help you with impulse items and the number of times you have to leave to go to the store. The more times a week you have to go shopping, the more impulse buys you may make. So if you can cut down the number of times you are entering the store, you will spend less money in a month. Print your grocery list
2. Go Shopping on a Full Stomach.
Make sure you don’t go into the grocery store hungry. This one is a big one for myself; if I go into the store hungry, I will generally come out with a lot more processed junk than otherwise. Everything looks “yummy” when your starving, and it won’t hit you in the fruit isle either.
3. Know some of your basic Grocery pricing.
You should know where the lowest price is to buy at least the staples in your house: Milk, bread, eggs, butter, meat per lb. The more pricing you can remember or start to write them down, Start a Price Book.
4. Know Your Grocery Store:
If you know your store’s layout, You will know where they keep the clearance items or where their on sale stuff is. Example In My Walmart in the beauty section, their clearance stuff is on the back shelf near the Pharmacy.
5. Pick up your Grocery Store Flyers.
If you have the time, Grab all the store’s flyers, go through them all and decide what you would like to buy. This doesn’t mean you have to visit each store and buy from each, but you certainly can do that, depending on where you live. For myself, I live in a smaller community, and the 3 main stores I go to are within a 2 block radius of each other, So I typically will do all three if I have the time. But you can go to the Real Canadian Superstore and do a PRICE MATCH. I also know that NO Frills will do a Price Match.
6. Optimizing your points
If you have an Airmiles points card, and Safeway has a good deal on some products, Make sure you physically go and buy those good deals from Safeway. But only buy those items.
7. Buy Extra Sale items
Only when there is a Really Good Deal. Most stores have a 3-month cycle. This generally means the same Item will appear again at that price in 3 months. If you find a case lot sale on Campbell’s soup that works out to $0.50 a can or less, buy enough to last your self 3 months.
8. Watch Grocery Expiry Dates:
Don’t buy 6 bottles of Ranch salad dressing when you only use it once a week because it was a good deal. After all, every food item has a best before date. This also includes Vitamins, Tylenol Etc. It would help if you were careful of expiry dates; this could mean your savings will be thrown out with the trash, and then that deal has cost you money.
9. Bring your own Grocery Bags:
Be environmentally Cautious and save a few cents every grocery trip. Many stores are now charging $0.05 per bag. ( In my area) But those nickels can add up to a quarter every grocery trip you make. That can easily add up to $1.00 or more per month.
10. Use Grocery Coupons:
I say this last because it’s not for everyone. I’m not talking Extreme Couponing here, with giant stockpiles of toothpaste; I’m simply talking about getting coupons on Items you use.
Do you have any other tips on saving money while grocery shopping?