04 April 2014

Money Saving Grocery Shopping Tips

Everything is getting more expensive today. From petrol to groceries, our hard-earned dollars are challenged to stretch further. We may be able to walk or even ride a bicycle around town if we can’t put petrol in our cars but we have to eat, there’s no getting around that. So we have to find ways to spend less on groceries while still getting the things that we need to feed ourselves and our families. Here are five money saving tips to try the next time you go grocery shopping.

1. Buy more staples than prepared foods. It is easier to buy a box of macaroni and cheese, but is it more economical? A large bag of macaroni and a block of cheese will make more servings for your family than one box of prepared macaroni and cheese. The next time you go shopping and pick up a box or bag of an already prepared item, ask yourself if you can make that at home for less. If you can, then put that item back in favour of less expensive staples.

2. Buy in bulk. Consider the food items that you use most often. Cereals, meats, vegetables, condiments and baking products can be bought in bulk. You'll save even more if you wait until they are on sale and then stockpile the amount you need until they are on sale again.

3. Don’t shop when you are hungry. An oldie, but so true, this is a definite no-no. Shopping on an empty stomach means that you will pick up more things than you need. You are more likely to pick up that bag of chocolate chip cookies or that box of donuts when the growling gets underway.

4. Take a grocery list with you. This really should be number 1. This is another protection against picking up things that are too costly. Check your pantry and the fridge to see what you need and write them down. Remember, the goal is to stick to the list as much as possible.

5. Shop at the same stores. This is more of a frustration reliever. In a new store, you spend most of your time looking for things and walking up and down every aisle, which oftentimes leads to forgetting an item or two. Going to the same store each time makes you more familiar with the prices so you can estimate your bill as you write your grocery list.

Rising prices don’t have to mean a lean dinner table or a lean bank account. There are ways to make your food dollar go further and if you take the time to implement the ideas listed above as well as others of your own, you’ll see savings each and every time you shop.

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1 comment:

  1. Ooh that pantry look pretty. Just made contact with grower (MCG Fresh in Tatura - 03 58548272 . Bottling Roma tomatoes still available for next six weeks.


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