Grocery shopping is one of those tedious but necessary tasks that we all must take time out of our busy schedules to accomplish. It can be especially frustrating when you feel like you’re spending too much money on not many goods. Make grocery shopping feel more rewarding by getting more for your dollar with these tips:
Planning is the most crucial element to keeping grocery costs low. Make yourself a shopping list and stick to it. Only go to the store once a week as making multiple trips tend to cost more money. Before shopping take the time to properly plan out your meals for the week, so you can see exactly what you need to buy. By doing this you will ensure that you won’t accidentally buy extra ingredients and waste money. Plan your trip at a time when you won’t be hungry, and ideally won’t have to take the kids. Shopping on an empty stomach or with kids distracting you can add to your end bill as you are more likely to buy more than you need.
Buy Bigger and in Bulk
When shopping you’ll frequently be faced with one item in two different sizes. It might seem that the bigger item is so much more expensive, but the ratio of the amount of product you get compared to the price you pay is better when you choose the larger item. Don’t be afraid to spend that little bit extra in the moment as it will pay off. If a product that you use frequently is on sale one week, and you have plenty of storage space, buy a few more than you would have in a normal week. Obtaining a membership to a warehouse club can be very beneficial especially for buying toiletries as they typically come in bigger quantities cheaply.
Don’t Forget the Coupons
Efficiently utilizing coupons can save you a bundle every week. If you’re savvy enough to find all the best deals and coupons you could end up paying next to nothing for a basket full of groceries. Use websites such as www.coupons.com to get you started. Or, if you can’t quite be bothered with couponing, after completing your purchase keep the receipt and upload it to one of the many free apps that can get you cash back on some of your groceries.
Check the Dates
When buying produce that will expire, remember to check the dates and pick the one with the best date to suit your needs. Also make sure you know the difference between a ‘use by’ date and a ‘best before’ date. If the product has a ‘use by’ date on it, then consuming it after that date could be dangerous to your health. Make sure you’ve used them before the date to avoid waste. A ‘best before’ date means that even after that date has passed it’s still safe to consume, but it might not taste quite as nice as it would have prior to that date.