You can save money at the supermarket without sacrificing quality or quantity when doing your grocery shopping. Just follow some of these suggestions for easy ways to save money on your food shopping and still get great food.
Make a list – Making a grocery list before you go to the supermarket is a great way to save money on your grocery list. Why? Making a grocery list will help prevent impulse shopping while at the supermarket. You’ll be able to write down exactly what you need, estimate the amount of money you’ll spend, and be more likely to take advantage of weekly sale prices.
Check the sales – Speaking of sale prices, by making your grocery list ahead of time, you’ll most likely check out weekly circulars and coupon books. This means you’ll save more money and further reduce the chance of impulse shopping.
Stock up – When items are on sale, it is a good idea to stock up, even if you might not use the product right away. Many products such as bread might have a short shelf life, but you can freeze them for months and use them when needed. Say for example that loafs of your favorite bread are 2 for 5 dollars. You can buy one for immediate use, then freeze the other until you need it. Plenty of food products can be frozen until needed, their use by date is extended when frozen for many of these food products.
Eat before – There is a reason why more and more supermarkets have fresh hot food to eat in store; some supermarkets even have fast food places and cafes built right in. All designed to get you to spend more in the store. You can combat hunger when shopping for food by eating before you arrive at the store. All that food can make you hungry, so filling up before hand will minimize the chance that you’ll spend extra cash eating while shopping.
Look low – It is a fact that most supermarkets stock the brand name and thus more expensive products at and slightly above eye level on shelves. The bottom shelf is where all the generic branded products often end up in supermarkets, including the supermarket’s own brands. Sometimes this isn’t the case, but it can’t hurt to look low and see if there are comparable products for less. Cereal is one of the biggest areas where buying store brand can save a lot of money. Most national brand cereals have a higher cost because of advertising and all the logos and branding trademarks. Generic store brands don’t spend that money and thus pass savings on to you.
Check out discount areas – A lot of supermarkets have sections of the store where they sell products at a huge discount. The products are good for use, but the store may be slashing their pries in an attempt to move the product and make room for new items. Even if you can’t find a discount or clearance section, many supermarkets have buy one get one free deals, 10 for 10 deals, and similar deals that can save you money.
Always use the card – Most supermarkets have loyalty or store cards that when scanned get you coupons, discounts, even money for college and free turkeys in some cases. Always scan your store card every time you shop to take advantage of all these cards have to offer. If you don’t have one, sign up today, they are free to sign up for and can save you a nice bit of money over the course of a year.
Follow these tips and you’ll get more coupons, save money, and maximize the value out of every trip to the supermarket.