If saving money is your latest goal, saving on groceries is the perfect way to start!
Always remember, it is possible to cut your grocery bill by hundreds of dollars a month. If you’re trying to save money then you just have to command a strong will power and believe that you can save, save, save.
When shopping for groceries, the advertisements on displays at the store counters tempt you into buying things you don’t really need. Well, you can’t blame them, it is their job. But what you can do is:
Make budgets for monthly groceries
Stick to an amount and never, NEVER go beyond it. If you’ve reached the middle of the month but have almost spend the budget allotted to groceries, then stop going out to buy them. Order in the bare basics and stick to a list!
Make a list
Always make a list before stepping out to buy groceries. Because if you don’t have a list, you’ll end up picking things you don’t need and will forget about the things that you actually do. Eventually you’ll end up making 2 trips to the store and spending well, twice of what you didn’t need to.
Go shopping for groceries alone
When an entire family steps out to buy groceries, everyone (especially the kids, but how can you blame them for wanting that extra-large cookie pack or chocolate vanilla mix) will start picking up random and useless goodies off the shelf to dump in the cart. Beware of this and start going shopping alone. Stick to your list and you’ll see that you’ve saved a lot of money while taking lesser time to shop!
Look for stores that always have offers
There are many grocery stores that keep a flow of offers alive through the year. Seek them out and make them your store. With their many “buy two, get one free” schemes, you’ll get a lot more value for your money and will save some of your hard earned money too.
Grow your own fruits and vegetables
If you have a backyard, grow your own fruits and vegetables. You’ll save money on these by reducing the need to buy them plus you’ll be the lucky user of home grown, completely natural products. A little bit of health and a super money saving idea… who knows, maybe you could eventually sell your fresh vegetables to your neighbors too!
Don’t be brand loyal
Don’t always go for big brands when it comes to grocery products. Because, the fact of the matter is that most brands will have a similar ingredients list and process method. So save money here by picking up lesser known brands that offer the same taste and almost same quality.
Make use of coupons
Make use of coupons. Most local newspapers will offers some great deals and discounts, so read your paper with care and cut out the coupons that could be useful during your next grocery trip.
Avoid buying packaged food and ready-to-eat meals
Although you may think that you’ll end up saving a lot of your time, you’ll be compromising on your money saving scheme and more importantly, you’re health. Cook from scratch and buy only necessities at the grocery store. Eat healthier and save your money in the bargain!
Drink more water and fewer aerated drinks / beverages
Buying those huge bottles of cola and sprite could be devastating for your health and money too! The sugar and caffeine content in these drinks are from beneficial to you. Stick to water and healthier drink options and cut down on buying off the rack juices and drinks.
Cut down on meat
By eating more fresh vegetables (even better if home grown), you’ll be eating healthier and will be saving money. Stop picking up huge chunks of cold cuts from now on and you’ll definitely see a large fall in your grocery expenditure.