Groceries can be expensive. In fact, an average American family spends more than $12,000 on food each year. Talk about blowing your budget every time you go to the grocery store.
We’ve come up with simple tips you can do to make your grocery store trips a little easier on your wallet.
5) NEVER SHOP ON A EMPTY STOMACH
Never ever go to the supermarket on an empty stomach. Why? Well, everything in the grocery store will look delicious and you’ll end up buying more than what you need or want. Shop after a meal OR in between meals.
4) BE WARY OF SALES
Sometimes sales can save you money on items you already intended to buy. And sometimes they just trick you into buying the stuff you don’t need. Just because an item is on sale doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the cheapest option. Think about whether you really need a sale item before dropping it in your shopping cart.
FUN FACT: Always try to compare prices with generic alternatives to see which one will save you the most money.
3) BE CAREFUL WHEN BUYING BULK ITEMS
Buying bulk is great for certain commonly-used items like laundry detergent and toiletries. But when you buy perishable items in bulk, the food often ends up expiring before you can eat it. Even food items you can put in the freezer tend to get thrown out either because of freezer burn or you get tired of eating the same thing over and over again.
2) RETHINK MEAL SIZES
Instead of buying a week’s worth of groceries, think simple. Grab a few inexpensive meals to supplement the occasional, thoughtfully prepared dinner. Things like omelets, soups, and sandwiches with fresh fruits and veggies on the side are perfectly adequate dinner options that will also save you money.
1) ALWAYS HAVE A SHOPPING LIST HANDY
Before you go to the grocery store, have a plan in place. Create a shopping list of the meals you want to eat each day of the week. With a well-organized shopping list, you don’t have to browse every aisle and item in the store. This creates fewer opportunities for you to buy food items you won’t use or don’t need.
These few simple tricks can add up to big savings at the grocery store over time. Be proactive and mindful about saving money when you shop for food. Your budget and bank account will be better off for your efforts.