Grocery shopping can be quite expensive depending on the size of a family. The average family has at least 2 children and some families have as many as 8. Saving money on groceries can be a difficult thing to do, but is possible. Since you control the check book, you are able to save some pennies if you just stick to a plan.
Having a good shopping list is crucial. Going to the store without one is like playing Russian Roulette. It’s important to know what you need ahead of time so you aren’t purchasing things that you already have at home. An efficient way of making sure that everything is on your list ahead of time is to keep a dry-erase board on or near your refrigerator so you can make a note any time you run out of a certain item.
Every penny counts when you’re on a tight budget so clipping coupons is necessary when trying to save money. It’s amazing how much you can save just by taking time out of your day to look through the newspaper. You are also able to get coupons online and print them from your computer at home. As you do this you’ll be able to see the savings each time you balance your check book.
Having a shopping list is important but it’s also important to stick to it once you’re in the store. If you shop with children it’s sometimes hard to say no when they are asking for a new brand of cereal or a candy bar, but you must have self control when it comes to shopping. You may save money by using the coupons but it won’t make a difference if you’re purchasing items that you either don’t need or are not on your list.
Comparative or bargain shopping can also benefit the tight budget shopper. Looking at two different brands of the same item can make all the difference in the world when trying to save a buck. 99 percent of the time, the only difference between the two items is its name and the price. They usually taste and look the same so it’s worth trying a new brand if it means saving a little money.
One mistake people make before heading to the grocery store is not eating. When we are hungry everything looks good and therefore we want it. Having a good meal prior to leaving the house will help you stick to your list so you aren’t buying things that you may not be able to afford.
Although there are many other ways to save money these are just a few that you can implement into your shopping routine. With a little self discipline, consistency, and planning, you can easily make your shopping experience positive and affordable.