Money is tight these days and we as consumers have to retrain ourselves to live more frugally than ever before. You can’t eliminate your expenses at the supermarket; you can reduce your bill by following these five tips on moneysaving at the supermarket:
Clip and Compare Coupons:
Couponing can be one of the easiest ways to save money at the supermarket. Opening the weekly paper and clipping coupons will give you small savings that add up fast. When you are clipping coupons, make sure you’re using coupons for food you buy on a regular basis. Don’t buy something just to use the coupon, unless it’s something you plan on buying on a regular basis.
With the internet, coupons aren’t just limited to what you find in the paper or supermarket; you can now find coupons online that can be used in the store. Several sites now carry manufacturer’s coupons for use at a variety of grocery stores.
Create a list and stick to it:
Sometimes when people go to the grocery, or any store, they end up with more in their cart than expected, especially when shopping on a full stomach. Before venturing to the supermarket, make a detailed list of what you need and don’t veer from it. Create a price list as you shop so you can monitor fluctuations in price.
Make menus according to Sales:
If you’re looking to spice up things for dinner while still sticking to budget, plan your menu around store sales. If an item is on sale, create a dish with that item as your main course and go from there. Your weekly paper will tell you what specials are available.
Don’t buy convenience items:
Items that are pre-cut and prepackaged may save you a bit of time, but will invariably cost you more money. Buy whole produce and cut it yourself rather than buying the pre-cut fruits and veggies. It may take a few minutes and plastic baggies to prepare, but it will cost you much less, and you can ensure that they’ll be fresher and free of preservatives. When you notice a non-perishable item on sale, buy it in bulk for extra savings.
Steer clear of checkout items:
Don’t fall victim to those cleverly placed at the checkout isle. Grabbing just a few items can quickly add up in your cart. A pack of gum here, or a candy bar there seems harmless, it can add up quickly.
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