An excellent way to save at the grocery store is to check out all of their competitors in your area, even if it means driving around a bit. But they usually are congregated together in most neighbourhoods, never far apart. Don’t get stuck in the rut of always going to the same grocery store all of the time. You may be a great customer/friend in the eyes of the manager and/or franchise owner. helping his business grow and/or expand, but you certainly do not give him the incentive to lower prices, if he always has your (and other customer’s constant, everyday business)…As well as you not seeing the larger picture of better prices at other grocery stores. Shop around to get the oversight of better prices. Don’t walk around ‘blinded’ to the other stores by being a good customer to one…Shop around, baby!
Stores relentlessly compete with each other to the point of sometimes sending their managers on ‘spying’-missions to their competitors to check and gather info on the other’s prices. In my neighbourhood, I caught one of the managers openly spying on the prices at the local Safeway. Additionally, my area like so many others are usually dotted with grocery stores. People would be amazed to see the differences in prices if one merely shopped around, basically a common sense maxim that can easily be forgotten in today’s fast-paced, stress-filled world. The savings in groceries could easily eclipse the rising price of gas.
Coupons are always good, but the trend in grocery stores is to try and compete as best they can with just lowering prices against each other. If you go the route of coupons, you don’t have to endlessly clip them. A lot of stores have instore coupons and even cash back in the form of free grocery cards for food and other merchandise, if you buy a certain amount during a certain time period; in my area, two hundred dollars. You can inquire about these gift cards at various stores, during certain days of the month (or get them from the innumerable flyers that usually build up quickly in our mailboxes). Also buy bulk foods, which usually are well-priced. You save money and get more for your dollar, especially if you have a family.
Shop strategically at stores, taking advantage of sales. Don’t do ‘impulse’-buying; never shop when you’re hungry…remember? Many people still do, gorging themselves on high-calorie snacks and foods, usually throughout a typical month, raising their costs significantly. Buy good meals (and/or the proper ingredients to make it). Try and eat as healthy and nutrionally as possible, save your snacks for the weekend. This will lower your food costs considerably, especially in an era of inflation and rising commodity costs. Buy proportions of food tailored to you and your family. Waste and therefore costs are reduced. If food is leftover, store them properly so they taste good the next day for lunch or a snack, continuing to reduce your costs.
Shopping for groceries nowadays means thinking from your brain and not your stomach. Besides, meals that require more preparation usually taste better, are more filling and satisfying, lessening your desire to keep gorging yourself on unhealthy snacks and meals that will weaken your health, contributing to more purchases of sometimes expensive, low quality foods. Therefore, your store bills are considerably lessened, and your health doesn’t end up collapsing in one form or another from a mostly poor diet.