Highly Practical Money Saving Tips on Groceries
1. Start with arranging items properly in your shelf for easy accessible. This would help you to shop an item which really exists somewhere in your cupboard but you have not found it before heading off for shopping.
2. Practice your grocery shopping once in a week. Give preference to weekday shopping than week end. This is just logic. There are possibilities of price hike by shop keepers in week end days due to the visit of lots of customers.
3. Always have a grocery shopping budget in place before going for shopping. Make a list of all items that you need to buy. I am sure; it is not possible to make a perfect list on before going to the shopping. One best practice to not miss any required item is by noting down it on a book or diary. Keep it in an easily accessible place only for that purpose and note the items when you remember it. This would help you to have right list to carry to the grocery. Yes, this will help you save lots of money.
4. Always have a practice to check all your carts to identify any item from your shopping list still remaining there are enough. This would help you to eliminate any items that is ‘wants’ rather than ‘needs’
5. Never go for a quick shopping! You could identify enough time for shopping. Quick shopping is a reason for losing money. Plan your shopping properly and take enough time.
6. Plan to buy items in bulk if you have option to store it. This would help you to save some good amount of money.
7. Eat before you go grocery shopping. You will spend less money at a grocery store if you shop when you are not hungry and are not tempted to buy more food.
8. Always shop alone. Bringing along children or your spouse to the grocery store will make you spend more money on the items that they want that aren’t on your list.
9. It is a best practice if you visit multiple stores and compare prices of regular buying items. This would help you to immediately identify the best place to get required items with comparatively less price with other stores. Creating a price log in your notebook would be an exceptional idea!
10. Inside the grocery, have a practice of roam before start picking items. visit and check each and every bay and shelves. This would help you to identify the availability of similar items but different price.
11. Many times shoppers will only buy products found at eye level. Cheaper stock is usually found on the lower shelves in grocery store aisles. Being lazy to bend down may cost you more money.
12. Don’t be brand loyal. Buy generic products. If a generic or store brand option is available, always choose it. Most of the time, both products use the same recipe and you are paying extra money for the name only. This would help you to save lots of money for long run. However remember, most of the time this point applicable to food items. It never applicable to pharmacy items, child care items etc.. you should have enough intelligence to identify to what items this point really applicable to.
13. It is a best practice avoiding readymade food items. This would cost more. Never buy any ready made item that you feel you are able to cook. This would help you to save money as well as tasty food.
14. If you are into the grocery, shop for only grocery items. Don’t buy non-grocery items at the grocery store. It may costly for you as these items generally priced much higher than discount store equivalents.
15. Remember, shoppers generally place various items nearby the payment queue. Candy, magazines and other useless gadgets generally fill in the sidelines of grocery store checkout lanes. These items typically represent the highest margin products for grocery stores and the best to tempt customers. Shop keepers looking for customers to spend after paying left over money to spend on these items.
16. It is a better idea to weigh items like vegetables before approaching to reach to the cashier. This would help you to avoid weighting mistakes happening due to any errors or purposely.
17. Remember to keep an eye on scanner to confirm any sale item scanned with right price as mentioned in the ‘sale’ tag. This may help you to avoid paying original price than its ‘sale’ price.
18. I never say to avoid any item that kept with a ‘sale’ tag. But, remember there would be some hidden intention behind adding ‘sale’ tag on items. Look closely to identify these intentions. For example, items reaching to the expiry date, quality less, items with manufacturing defects can be found within this deal.
19. I never against buying any item coming with a ‘free’ offer of anything along with. Before buying such items, watch the price of item closely to identify possible price hike due to giving another free item with it. Also, look on the free item to identify it is a valid one in the sense of expiry date, quality etc… Never buy any item coming with free offers once the free item not useful for you. Like the above points, it is certain there would be some hidden intention behind such deals too.
20. Previous idea again applicable to buy ‘one and get one free’ deals too. Check the original prices, quality, manufacturing perfection etc…, within such deals too.
21. Always carry enough bags with you to avoid losing money by buying carry bags from the grocery. This would sometime helpful to get some discounts from the offer from shops for those who carries own bags.
22. Never use phone shopping especially for groceries and never opt door delivery. This could cost you additional money!
23. Never feel free to ask for special discounts if you are a regular visitor. You may sometime get a consideration which helps you to save money.
24. Finally, be always conscious to check your bills line by line before moving out from the shop. This would help you to save any money you have spent more than the real price or from scanning, data entry mistakes by cashiers.
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