Wondering how to feed your family without busting your budget?
Use the 18 tips below to help you save more at the store and keep your hard earned dollars where they belong…in your purse!
1.) Always shop with a grocery list. Your list will keep you on track and you’re less likely to forget needed items or buy unnecessary duplicates.
2.) Are there any Discount Grocers in your area like Aldi’s or Save-A-Lot? Now granted you won’t find anything lavish or luxurious about these sort of Discount Grocers, but you will find great bargains.
3.) Check the weekly grocery ads for good sales. Whether you decide to plan your menu and shopping list around sale items or do a little stocking up, it’s good to know what’s available. And don’t forget those coupons!
4.) Cook “It” yourself. Whatever “it” may be. Chances are if the directions call for heat and serve, you’re probably paying a pretty hefty price for it. Besides costing less, homemade meals taste better and are much healthier for your family.
5.) Create a grocery budget and stick to it. If you shop weekly, just take the total amount that you’ve budgeted for groceries and divide that by the number of weeks in that month. Bring a calculator to help keep track of your expenses.
6.) Does your grocer have a Savings Card Program? If so, be sure to sign-up in order to get bonus coupons, discounts, and special deals when you present your discount card at checkout.
7.) Don't be afraid to try store brands. Many store brand products are made by the same companies that make the more expensive name brands. The only difference being the price and fancy packaging.
8.) Find a store in your area that will honor all competitors' ads by matching their prices. That way you get the best deals without having to drive all over town. Saving money, time and gas.
9.) Never shop hungry! You’ll be tempted to buy everything in sight. An empty tummy is practically a guarantee that you will overspend and splurge on groceries that you don't really need.
10.) Plan your meals for the week. Having a game plan for meals will help you eliminate last minute trips to the grocery store or drive-through. Major budget busters!
11.) Shop alone whenever you can. I know, I know, save your tomatoes. lol But honestly, ever notice how items seem to mysteriously appear in your cart when you have a few little helpers along for the ride?
12.) Shop less. The longer you can hold out before hitting the store, the less you'll spend. Believe me, those little “ I’ll just grab a few things” trips here and there during the week add up big time!
13.) Stock up on good deals. If there is a really good deal on something, be sure to buy enough to last until the next sale. This will allow you to pay the lowest price possible for that item.
14.) Take advantage of rain checks. If the sale item you want is sold out when you arrive at the store, ask for a rain check and come back when the item is in stock. You will still be able to take advantage of the sale price.
15.) Take a quick inventory. Before heading to the store, take some time to check your fridge, freezer and pantry to see what you currently have in stock so that you don’t spend on unnecessary duplicates.
16.) Use coupons wisely. Use only for those items and brands that you would normally purchase. You can maximize your savings by combining them with sale items and shopping at stores that double or even triple their value, and that also accept competitor's coupons.
17.) Use the “Cash Only” policy. Take only what you've budgeted for groceries. This really helps to cut down on those budget busting impulse buys because you won't have any credit cards to fall back on.
18.) Waste not, want not. Keep wasted food to a minimum by serving smaller portions and using leftovers efficiently. Use leftovers for lunches, in other dishes, or freeze in single-size portions for quick and easy meals on nights when you're too busy or tired to cook.
No matter how small the amount, store whatever cash left from your purchase in a small container or envelope until you have enough to open a rainy day account. Smart and simple.
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