One of the biggest expenses that we all face is food. While it isn’t a good idea to stop eating to save money, there certainly are some great tactics that you can use at the grocery to make sure you don’t spend too much.
Watch for Sales
Some items, especially canned and long lasting products, can be purchased in bulk when on sale. This can save you from spending a fortune on product by buying them at full price. Additionally, it is always a good idea to glance over your grocery store ad to see what is on sale. It can even help when making a plan for the week to have the ad nearby. Remember that if you buy sale items that you won’t use, you aren’t getting a good deal no matter how low the prices are.
Don’t Fall Prey to Tricks
Grocery stores have a few tricks up their sleeve to make you spend more. If your store uses these tactics, it doesn’t mean that items aren’t a good price. You really just need to pay attention and determine what you need. One common trick is to list items as 2 for $5 or 3 for $12. Most of the time, you can buy just one and still get the same sale price. Just because they say 10 for $10 doesn’t mean you need to buy 10. Decide what you can use and then buy that amount. Also it is wise to calculate the price per item to make sure you really are getting a good deal.
Many stores require you to sign up for their store card to get their advertised prices. It only takes a few minutes and can really save a lot of money. Sign up for these cards. If you really don’t want a card, many states will require the stores to honor the lower prices without a card upon request. Talk with your grocery store and see what they can do.
Figure Out What You Actually Need
Sadly, if you don’t plan, you can end up throwing your grocery budget into the trash. Food is perishable and if you buy things you aren’t going to eat, you are wasting money. Honestly consider how much produce, fresh meat and other perishable products you will use before they expire. It is usually best to buy less than you think you will need, since inevitably things come up. You will probably end up eating out or going to dinner at a friend’s so buy a little less than you might need to reduce waste. Use perishable items first to keep them from spoiling.
These few tips will help keep your budget in line at the grocery store. Often, by just buying what you need and not wasting, you save quite a bit on groceries without even having to change your eating habits.
How do you save money at the grocery store?