Grocery shopping is a chore for most, but it doesn’t have to be. Every time you shop, it’s important to be open minded yet goal oriented (looking for the best deals). Once you have that goal in mind, it will be easier for you to spend less. There’s no need to plunk down a lot of money when you know there are strategies to save. Here are some smart tips to get you started.
Take advantage of discounts. Does your grocery store have a savings card? Most major chains do, and they are easy and free to get, so take advantage. Read the weekly ads (if you don’t get them via mail, check out the website) to get a feel for what’s on sale that week. Try to plan your meals according to what’s on sale.
Start using coupons. Look through your local newspaper on Sundays, and start clipping the coupons. You’ll find even more coupons and discounts online, so browse several times a week for the latest offers.
Don’t just shop at one grocery store. One store may have a fabulous produce section, but the prices on dry foods are not so good. It might be a good idea to invest in a warehouse club membership, like BJ’s or Sam’s Club, just so you can save on dry goods and basics in bulk.
Why not try store brands? Most often they have just the same quality as the brands you love and know, minus the name and possibly saving you as much as a dollar.
Start comparing products. If you’re eyeing two different products (say, two bottles of salad dressing), look at the package size. One product may appear to be the same size as the other, but reading the differences in ounces will prove that you’ll get a little more for less.