With the unpredictable economic situation and increasing costs in food and gasoline providing for your food can be a challenge. You can impove your family and individual food budget by taking some practical steps:
-Buy store brand products: many if not most of the store brand products are just as good quality as brand names but are cheaper.
-Buy generic groceries- If you are dissatisfied you can return to the more expensive groceries.
-Even though coupons may make brand names cheaper many times you can actually purchase cheaper by buying store brands or generic.
-Buy in bulk quantities perishing food, only if you will use it all.
-Shop at food ware houses instead of supermarkets. Some grocery stores are cheaper than others but food ware houses are the cheapest.
-Don’t bring your children food shopping. They pull things of the shelf, ask you to buy junk food; and they will distract you from your shopping.
-Don’t bring your spouse food shopping. They possibly will impede your own shopping by selecting unneeded or overpriced products.
-Clip and use coupons.
-Take advantage of double coupon offers.
-Don’t buy something just because you have a coupon. The bargain can be a waste of money if you don’t need it.
-Check the store circulars for items on sale at a supermarket.
-Avoid shopping at convenience stores; unless you prefer outrageous prices.
-Don’t shop on an empty stomach; avoid buying a ton of groceries you might not need anyway.
-Find the best buys at the grocery store by comparing the unit prices. These are listed on the stores shelf labels.
-Always check the reduced section at the grocery store.
-Buy perishable items in season. I.E. don’t buy frozen corn when corn on the cob is in season.
-Look for items located at the bottom or top shelves. High ticket items are usually priced at the eye level.
-Check the expiration date on milk and milk products and for poultry.
-Don’t buy foods that are packaged together when they can be purchased separately for less.
-Don’t pay for extra ingredients. I.E. buying cereal with raisins is more expensive than buying cereal and raisins separately.
-Avoid buying single servings; their price is shocking when compared to a larger size package.
-Buy produce in the bag rather than individually it is cheaper.
-Don’t buy produce that has been cut & placed in a fancy plastic container when you can buy it cheaper and do this yourself.
-Buy orange juice concentrate in the frozen food section rather than by the carton.
-Learn how to make your own baby food rather than buying finished bottles that are convenient but expensive.
-Compare non-food items at the grocery store with items at the drug store, florist, or department store; of course in today’s modern economy you need to factor in the gasoline expense of traveling to the other stores.
-Cook your own food rather than eating out.
-Store & quickly use the left over; avoiding waste and looking out for your health by not keeping it too long.
-Go through your food cabinets to make sure that you have used canned and packaged food before their expiration dates.
-Bring your own bags to the grocery store if they charge for bags., if you already have bought a store bag reuse it.
-Buy soft drinks in large bottles. Cans are more convenient but you pay more for this.
-Double check your inventory before going shopping; this way you can avoid buying something you already have.
-Grow your own vegetables.
-Grow your own spices on a window sill in your apartment or house.
-Watch your weight as you grow older you don’t have to eat that much anyway.
-Spend a stamp to take advantage of manufacture’s rebates if available.
-Clip coupons from your newspaper; or go online to website (s) and print out their grocery coupons; many times you can save much more money and trouble buy buying store brands and or generic.
-Eat before buying your groceries
-Personally I used to carry my groceries on a bicycle with two large bags; you can save a ton of money on gasoline and car repair expenses when grocery shopping; plan how much you will be carrying and if you a have the room to carry them also consider if your returning grocery trip will be uphill or downhill. I was fortunate my returning trip with my full load was downhill; if possible plan as such.
-If you live nearby in walking distance from a grocery store, buy a cart to carry your groceries in and save gasoline while you wheel your groceries in a cart!
-Buy fresh foods rather than prepackaged, they are cheaper; but consider how long you will need the amount which you have purchased.
-Remember that fresh foods have no preservatives so buy accordingly to avoid wasted food.
-Try to coordinate your grocery store trip with others to save on gasoline
-Always check the cost per ounce on cans and bottles, and buy accordingly.
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