The brighter side of credit crunch is every consumer has got an idea of getting organized. The importance of frugal living taught few simple lessons that can help every consumer to cope up and sustain in this low economy without compromising with quality when it comes to shop for grocery. The prices of groceries are on the hike and its hard not to notice the increase in prices every time you step foot in the grocery store. Unfortunately for us, not eating is not an option. So we have vowed to develop a strategy to save as much as possible when we are out grocery shopping.
As much as I would like to clip coupons, I just do not have the patience for it. Since couponing is not my thing, I had to come up with some else that would work just as well to help us cut cost at the grocery store.
1. Make a List and Stick to it:
Start planning out your meals before heading out to the store. This helps to create a list of things we needed. Following the list help stops from picking up things not listed. It also helped us to eliminate potentially buying duplicate items.
2. Do Not Shop on an Empty Stomach:
It is so bad about going to the store when you are hungry, so of course, you wanted everything that could get your hands on while shopping. Eating, even a small meal, really helps us to stick to the list while shopping for groceries.
3. Buy in a Bulk:
You can always divide it up in smaller packages when you get home. Higher priced items are usually placed at eye level so look up or down for lower priced foods. More expensive items are also usually on the high traffic aisles so wander off the beaten path. It will save you money.
4. Slice and Dice your Own Food:
The pre-packaged meats and cheeses are convenient but it is worth the price? We all love easy and convenient, right? But buying bulk often cheaper and said to be healthier for you. Buying a whole chicken is much cheaper. Cut it into parts later. Freeze what you do not need right away. Less tender cuts of meat are cheaper and if prepared right can be just as delicious.
5. Look for the Mark Down Areas:
You might find fresh meat or vegetables that are about to go out of date but if you are cooking them soon that is no problem. You gotta love a good sale.
6. Check the Receipt for Errors:
Admit that I do not do this like I should. All thought stores do not do this intentionally, it does happen. It could be entered incorrectly on the computer scanner or the checker could be rushed and enter the wrong amount purchased. Check for errors as soon as you can and do not be shy about getting it corrected. Most stores are apologetic and give you a cheerful refund.
7. Plan a Shopping and Avoid Unnecessary Trips:
We generally shop of Sundays because that is when we have run out of food. We make sure to keep our recipes simple and shop happy.
So, it’s your turn! What cost cutting tips do you use to keep your grocery bill down? Or are you still struggling with ways to make those cuts in your budget?
Saving money can be hard at time but with a little determination, you can make it happen. So, how have you found ways to save more of your money?