12 Simple Ways To Save Money On Groceries
|April 30, 2008||Posted by Heather under Live Below Your Means, Savings|
If you are tallying up your expenses every month, you may be shocked at how much you are spending on groceries.
Obviously, groceries aren’t a luxury you can do without and perhaps that is why so many of us are lenient with our grocery budget.
However, there are many ways to reduce this monthly expense.
Here are 12 simple ways to save money on groceries:
- Buy a few Sunday papers each week and clip coupons. However, you should only save coupons of items you really enjoy. Never buy something solely because it is on sale.
- Before you go to the store, carefully plan a sensible list. Do not stray from the list once you are in the store, no matter what is dangled in front of you in the checkout line.
- Always buy at least a week’s worth of groceries. The more trips you take to the store, the more you risk “impulse buying.”
- Always shop on a full stomach. You will likely buy more food when you are hungry.
- Where applicable, you should opt for poultry instead of the much pricier red meat.
- If possible, go to the store without your children. They have a tendency to help you fill the shopping cart.
- Don’t be a name brand snob. Generic store brands are often just as good and will save you a lot of money in the long run.
- Foods like pasta, rice and beans are filling and inexpensive. They make good staples in a frugal diet.
- Items with the highest markup are often placed at chest and eye level. Don’t forget to check out foods that are stored lower on the shelves, as they may offer the best deals.
- Shop early in the morning or late at night to avoid crowds. The faster you zip through the store, the less likely you are to stray from your list.
- Watch your cashier ring up your items and then carefully review your receipt. Mistakes are more common than you realize and they will cost you unnecessary expenses.
- Two words: ramen noodles.
One of the least flexible expenses in your household budget is the grocery bill. However, the tips above should help you be a little more diligent and creative when trying to reduce the cost.
Heather Johnson is a freelance writer as well as a feature article contributor for Reward Programs, a site which helps consumers pick the best rewards program to best meet their needs. Heather welcomes your comments and emails related to job inquiries at her email, firstname.lastname@example.org.