Buying groceries can get really expensive. Especially for big families. Here are a few tips that will help you shop smart while saving some money and not leaving the store with an empty wallet.
1. Don’t go to the store on an empty stomach.
This is one of the most important things that I think make people spend the most money. If you go on an empty stomach you’re usually just thinking about your cravings and you want to get everything you see in sight. You’ll purchase more food than you actually really need. Make sure you go with a full stomach so you can actually buy the necessities.
2. Make a list before going.
This is something that I do personally and it has helped us out a ton in saving money. When you have a list, you know exactly what you’re looking for so you don’t have to be going through every single aisle trying to find what you think you need. You’ll usually just end up grabbing what you want.
3. Don’t shop at eye-level.
If you’re able to avoid it, try to steer away from eye-level shelves. I didn’t know this before but I myself would look up ways that I could save a few bucks and came across this tip. We usually tend to look towards eye-level items so grocery stores strategically place the more expensive items on the shelves that we see first. While shopping, look at the higher and lower shelves for cheaper items
4. Stay away from frozen food.
Prepared (or frozen) meals are usually always more expensive than it’d be if you just bought the ingredients yourself to make it. Yes, it might be easier to make but if you’re trying to save money this tip helps a lot.
5. Eat within the seasons.
Whenever you buy a product that is out of season it’ll usually be a lot more costly than when it actually is in season. This is because they come from other places (which do have them in season) so you end up paying those costs. Not only will it save you money but it’ll also taste so much better if you do buy within season.
6. If you have kids, try to keep them home.
Now, my son is only 6 months so he’s still not old enough to ask me for his favorite ice cream or a whole bunch of junk food. I do however, remember that I would do that with my mom all the time. I always wanted to go to the grocery store because I knew I could ask her for all my favorite goodies and most of the time she wouldn’t say no.
7. Use coupons.
I am one of those people that will always try and save coupons but once I’m at the store I remember that I forgot them at home. As soon as you find one that you might need later on, remember to put it in your wallet so you can use them right away (before they expire). They can end up saving you a lot of money. It may not seem like it but in a whole year you could have a few extra hundred dollars.