Everyone has to go grocery shopping and while there are some standard tips for doing it as cheaply as possible, there are a few tips that aren’t as mainstream as others.
You’ve always heard that the best way to save on groceries is coupons, coupons, coupons. While you can save a ton of money on groceries using coupons, the fact of the matter is that most of us don’t have the time or inclination to filter through newspapers looking for them. Once you do find something that you purchase on a regular basis, you have to clip the coupon out with scissors and store it in a bag of some kind to put in your purse. Then there are printable coupons that you can get online, but getting these usually means that you have to give up your e-mail address and other information, which can be risky. Unless you have a lot of time on your hands, stick to other, less time consuming methods of saving money.
If an item goes on sale, then is the time to stock up on it. 12 packs of soda are one thing in particular that go on sale, especially around the 4th of July. Items that are going to be bought in large quantities often go on sale for very low dollar amounts compared to their normal price, so stock up on them while the price is low. After the sale is over, the store will likely jack the price back up over the original price, even if it’s only by a few cents. It helps them cover the cost of the sale.
If you’re hungry or depressed or in a hurry, it’s not time to go shopping. All three of these things lead to bad decisions on what and how much to purchase. Shopping when you’re hungry usually means you’re buying more than you actually need, while buying when you’re in a hurry keeps you from paying as much attention to price and sales as you should be. Avoid shopping if you have other things on your mind.
Keep in mind that meat is expensive and if you can do without it, do without it for a meal or two. There are plenty of vegetarian meals that you can have that will sustain you and your family just fine. Vegetables are a dietary necessity and it’s sad that we don’t usually get as much of them as we need to. Try making at least one night a week vegetarian night and while your family may hate you for it the first week, they will eventually come to enjoy it once you’ve found the dishes they like best.
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