Frugal Grocery Shopping Tips, Save on Grocery Bills

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Do you every find that you need groceries and yet it’s not payday? Groceries eat a huge chunk on your budget. Most families spend most of their income on grocery shopping. You think you’re bound to be trapped in this financial quandary? Here are things you can do to save your cash.

Eat before you go grocery shopping

Eating before shopping makes you forget about buying snacks along the way, which will only add to the expense. Shopping when you’re hungry is a bad idea. Apart from making poor choices, you’re also bound to fastfood snacks, which are rich in bad calories.

Make a list.

The mistake is going out there and simply picking what you need. You get home and realize you forgot to buy an important stuff or to overspend, buying things you don’t need. Not writing a list makes you rely on impulse. It’s a bad idea, especially for impulsive buyers. Start writing down things you need a week before you go shopping. Go to the kitchen, and look for items you need to restock or refill.

Go to a familiar store.

Don’t go to an unfamiliar shopping center, especially when you’re tired or in a hurry, because you’ll only waste more time finding the things on your list. Also, going to a different store raises the risk of picking things you don’t really need; whereas going to your favorite store saves time and money.

Organize your kitchen.

A messy kitchen makes it hard to check on things. It’s hard to spot ingredients you’re running out of when the counters are littered with empty cans and bottles and stuff that don’t belong there. Organize your kitchen cabinets and food storage cupboards. Check them from time to time to find out what you need to put on the list.

Bulk buy

Large cans or boxes of milk, sugar, or coffee are cheaper in the long run than smaller ones. For instance, a kilogram of sugar is cheaper than two packs of half a kilo of sugar. Buying in bulk works for non-perishable items, like canned goods, vinegar, sugar, salt, etc. It cuts your shopping trips to twice or once a month.

Shopping for meat and veggies may have to be done on a weekly basis. Even so, you can plan it. Look at your weekly menu to see what you need. Buy enough that can last for the entire week based on your planned meals. That way, you won’t have to run to your meat shop or to the vegetable market too often.

Declutter your fridge.

Just as you want to clear your storage cupboards and counters of empty cans and bottles, you should also empty your fridge of them. It’s easy to leave empty containers there and find out your milk bottle has nothing but air inside it.

Stay on budget.

Keep a calculator handy when you’re making a grocery shopping list. Once you complete your list, find out if it’s within your budget. This is hard to do. You may find yourself forgiving a few tens of dollars of excess, but keep yourself from going over your budget. If your list goes way above your budget, check if there are things there you don’t really need.

Compare prices.

There are always cheaper brands, and they’re cheap not because they have poor quality but because their manufacturers did not have to spend too much on advertising. A wise consumer looks for products people ignore on the shelves. They are usually just as effective, just as good as, the popular and expensive brands.

Take advantage of discounts and coupons.

Watch out when your favorite products become available at knocked down prices. This happens when the company is having anniversary promos or giving out loyalty privileges. All you need to do is be there when that happens. Avail of cheaper prices. Save the money, or maybe spend it for treats like ice cream or pizza.

It pays to follow your favorite store’s Facebook page for updates. However, discounts do have downsides. Don’t pick items just because they’re on sale. If you don’t need them, don’t put them on the cart.

Finally, did you know the grocery store is set out to make the most money from your visit? They spend thousands of dollars to get a planogram so we, the shopper, impulse buy.

Watch out for products at the cash register, these little temptations can quickly increase your shopping bill.

Stores for the most part, are all laid out with the outer aisles containing fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh bread and milk products, fresh meats and a bakery department.

Inner aisles are generally processed foods and the end caps (those nice displays at the end of each aisle) are designed to make you buy on impulse.

When you understand there’s a great psychology behind the layout of big supermarkets it can help you refrain from even looking at those attractive displays.

Stay focused and stick to your shopping list!