Are Poor Shopping Habits Costing You Money at the Checkout Counter?

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Want to reduce your overall grocery bill this week and truly save money on groceries? Replace poor shopping habits with more productive, cost-cutting routines. The following tips will enable you to shop smart and save money on groceries.

Shop once a week

Do your grocery shopping once a week. Pick a time and day that is convenient for you and build other tasks around your shopping trip. If you have to pick up a few items before your weekly trip, make sure you put them on a shopping list and stick to it! Avoiding impulse purchases is a key step to save money on groceries.

Shop during off peak hours

The more time you spend in the store (especially waiting in line), the more likely you are to make impulse purchases. To ensure you can get in and out of the store efficiently, do your shopping during off peak hours. Try going early in the morning or late in the evening. Stores will be the busiest on the weekends so take advantage of 24 hour venues to accommodate your schedule.

Leave the kids at home

If at all possible, leave the kids at home. Small children can be a distraction when trying to shop for groceries. More than not they will tempt you to shop on impulse as they pick up items from the shelves that appeal to them. Accordingly, if they are disobedient you may forget to purchase some of the items on your list which may cause you to return to the store again later in the week.

Eat before you go

It is not uncommon to find the scent of freshly baked bread, pie and other desserts wafting through the store. This is not a coincidence. Store operators know that hungry shoppers are inclined to spend more than intended so eat a meal or light snack before you head to the store.

Look for items above and below eye level

When you venture down the aisles, be sure to look for products above and below your eye level or your child’s eye level (if it is a product marketed to children). These items are often times the most expensive items. Take the time to look up and down (away from the initial product) that catches your eye.

Compare the costs

To save money on groceries, you need to be very mindful of what it costs to make the dishes your family loves. Calculate the cost of a larger size item vs. buying two or more of its smaller counterparts to see if it truly gives you more for the money. Compare coupon discounts with store brand prices. Figure out if you really save money making a dish from scratch versus buying a prepackaged version of the dish. Taking the time to do these comparisons can make a huge difference in your savings.

Pay with cash

Leave the debit and credit cards at home and bring only enough cash to pay for the things on your list. It’s so easy to swipe a debit or credit card to make purchases but when you have to pay with hard earned cash, something about it triggers you to think twice.

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