We all want to save money where we can. And let’s face it, those extra dollars can always be put to good use. Groceries can be expensive, especially if you have a large family. But there are ways to save money, wherever you shop.
1. Shop Around
Don’t just go to your regular store. Take some time to check out the neighboring stores and make yourself familiar with what they’re offering. Many people are now ditching the big shop and going to a few different stores to save money. Make sure you take into account any extra gas money that is required.
2. Buy in Bulk
Wherever possible, buy in bulk. There are big savings to be made if you purchase certain items in volume. It goes without saying that you need to think about use by dates. And storage can also be an issue.
Don’t forget to look online for bulky items like rice etc. Moms love to buy fragrance white rice online. And you don’t need to worry about carrying them. They will be delivered directly to your door.
3. Make a List
Always make a comprehensive list before going to the shops. Never just venture out and decide what you need on spec. You’re likely to forget half of the items and come back with groceries you don’t need.
The best way to make a list is to work out the meals you will be preparing each day. Start with breakfasts, then move onto packed lunches, and then dinner, etc. Don’t forget snacks. Note down all the ingredients for recipes you intend to prepare.
Then move onto household products. Make a mental run-through of your chores and note down any items you will need.
Keep a list of your core items and add or subtract from them each week.
4. Don’t Go Shopping When You’re Hungry
Never go shopping when you’re hungry. You are likely to spend more, even if you’re not buying food. There’s scientific research to back this up. Hunger is one of our most primitive drivers, and it can affect our behavior. Eat first. Shop later.
5. Make Your Own Ready Meals
There are some evenings when you just don’t feel like cooking. You’ve had a busy day at work, full of meetings, email, and stress. The kids are grouchy, and you’re tired. The last thing you feel like doing is preparing a family meal. On these days, it’s tempting to order in. Someone else does the cooking for you and delivers it to your door. And it cuts down on the washing up. Rather than ordering take-out, make your own meals ahead of time. The next time you make a chili cook twice as much and freeze half of it. It takes no more time of effort, and you know exactly what has gone into it. This will be a much healthier option, and it will save you a lot of money.
6. Be Discerning With Promotions
There are some offers that will save you money and are worth considering. However, you need to be discerning. Promotions are created to draw our attention and make us think we’re getting something for free. But if you don’t need that item you can end up spending more than you intended. It will only save you money if you intended to buy that item in the first place.
There are lots of savings to be made on groceries if you plan a little and are a little bit thrifty.
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