Are you spending way too much money grocery shopping each month? If so, know that it doesn’t have to be like this. Try these easy tips and life hacks to cut down on your monthly expenses when you go grocery shopping. You can still eat well on a budget—you may even be able to cut your grocery bill in half! Just follow these simple steps next time you’re getting ready to go to the store.
Stick to your list.
Heading to the grocery store without a list can lead to impulse shopping which can really eat up your budget. If you really want to cut down on your grocery bill, planning is the way to do it. Plan your weekly or, if you really like to think ahead, monthly meals in advance. Stick to only what’s on your list and you too can save big.
Take Advantage of Coupons
Using coupons is one of the easiest ways to save a few extra bucks. Stock up at the beginning of every week and keep a folder of current coupons. When you create a constant flow of coupons, the sales and discounts will add up!
Good produce can be pricey, but it doesn’t have to be. Fact: Out-of-season produce can be a lot more expensive than in-season produce. By sticking with in-season produce, you’ll not only save some coin but you’ll also get the freshest fruits and vegetables out there.
Don’t Shop on an Empty Stomach
Aside from shopping without a list, shopping when you’re hungry can also lead to impulse buying. According to behavioral scientists, humans are more likely to make more purchases when they are hungry. Eat beforehand so you don’t end up overpacking your shopping cart out of hunger.
From boxes of cereal to cans of vegetables, it isn’t uncommon for consumers to shell out an extra few dollars for brand name products. Unfortunately, those few extra dollars per product can add up quickly. Did you know that “generic” store brand food items can cost between 15%-30% less than name brand products? Next time you go to stock up on your favorite items, be sure to check the generic brands pricing and compare. This is one of the easiest ways to save big!
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