Last week we started talking about an area where you have the potential to save A LOT of money… And, that is on food! Here’s it is.
This week, we’re going to delve more deeply into the nitty-gritty of how to save money on grocery shopping.
A few do’s and don’ts…
Do have a plan. Know what you’re going to make, the ingredients you need, etc.
Do institute “meatless Mondays” or incorporate more veggies into your diet in general. Meat is often the most expensive part.
Do shop your pantry first. What do you already have? What needs to be purchased?
Do some research. Which stores in your area are the most budget-friendly? Winco and Trader Joe’s are a good bet most places. What’s on sale? Check newspaper ads, store and couponing apps and websites, etc.
Do make a list (remembering to take it with you) and stick to it!
Do stock up on sales. Find a good deal on pantry or household items? Great! Buy your limit or at least a couple of months’ worth.
Do look high and low. Stores often place the most expensive items right at eye-level.
Do check unit prices. These can usually be found on the bottom of shelf price tags and will help you decide what is the best deal.
Do shop generic or store brands, with a few possible exceptions.
Do take advantage of bulk bins. Things are so much cheaper when you’re not paying for branding and fancy/excessive packaging.
Do shop in-season produce or buy frozen. You will likely pay 3x as much for berries in the winter, for example.
Do watch the cashier ring you up and/or check your receipt. I have found so many (potentially costly) mistakes this way!
Do take advantage of store loyalty programs and coupons IF they are for items you were going to purchase anyway.
Do give grocery delivery or pick-up a try. Yes, there’s a fee but you will save on impulse buys.
Do shop less often. Less trips and time spent in the store = more money saved.
Do plant a garden IF you trust yourself to care for and harvest the plants, as being unable to tend it won’t save you any money.
Do store your food properly to prolong its lifespan. There are lots of great resources on this. Simply search “food storage” on Pinterest to start.
Don’t shop when hungry. This one speaks for itself. 😉
Don’t buy pre-cut or prepackaged foods. This can be a time-saver but is usually quite expensive.
Don’t succumb to impulse buys. Areas to be especially aware of are endcaps and checkout aisles.
If you have ideas that aren’t on this list, please feel free to share them in the comments below. And, as always, if you need help finding money to save or are curious about growing your wealth, I would love to chat via a FREE connection call.
Light and love,