Saving On Groceries
Thursday, November 22nd 2007, 11:00 pm
By: News On 6
The rising cost of gasoline is having an affect on peopleâ€™s budgets, especially at the grocery store. As the price of gas rises so too does the cost of groceries. Below are a few tips to keep your grocery bill in check.
Always Shop With A Grocery List
If you prepare a list of everything you need you are less likely to waste money on impulse items.
Have A Budget
When you go to the store, know exactly how much you can spend and keep a running tally as you shop to make sure you stick to that budget.
Don't Waste Leftovers
After dinner pack it up for lunch the next day, or plan a leftover night that way you are not wasting any food.
Look For Specials
Every store has specials. Be sure to look for them in the newspaper or in a store circular.
Plan One Big Trip A Month For Bulk Staples
Shop at discount bulk stores, like Samâ€™s, when you can. But make sure the items you buy can be used before they go bad. Buying in bulk then having the food items spoil does not save you any money.
Try The Store Brands
When you buy name brand products you are paying for all the advertising they do to entice you to buy their product. The store brand is typically made of the exact same ingredients and itâ€™s much cheaper.
When There's A Sale, Stock Up
If an item you normally use goes on sale stock up, but donâ€™t buy sale items just because they are on sale.
Donâ€™t Shop When Youâ€™re Hungry
When you're hungry youâ€™ll end of spending more money because youâ€™ll be attracted to more expensive junk foods.
Go Shopping When The Kids Are In School
When you shop without the kids you will not be pestered to buy the junk food kids love, chips, candy, soda, etc.
Water is cheaper than other drinks, sodas, iced tea, Kool-aid. Itâ€™s also better for your health.