How to Shop Smarter at the Grocery Store

We’ve all been at the grocery store before and realized we spent far more than expected when the cashier is ringing up items. The grocery store can be one of the hardest places to control spending, especially if you go in hungry, but you can shop smarter by following these tips:

  1. Create a shopping list. If you go in knowing exactly what you need, you are more likely to stick to those items and move more quickly through the store.
  2. Shop when you are busy. If you have a tight schedule, you’ll go to the items you need and move on, instead of wandering around the store and seeing other things to buy.
  3. Compare unit prices and packages. It may seem smarter to buy the six-pack of paper towels over individual ones, but check to see what you are spending per roll before buying. You may be surprised.
  4. Shop with cash. This is an easy way to control spending because you can only spend what you have with you.
  5. Don’t accept free samples. It may be free, but it’s going to make you hungry and more likely to pick up snacks you don’t need.
  6. Use coupons. While you probably don’t want to spend hours clipping coupons, checking online or in newspapers for coupons can be worth it. One of the easiest ways to get good coupons is by peeling off the ones on the items in your cart.
  7. Buy store brands. Store-brand items are not only generally less expensive than name-brand ones, but they are often nearly identical to them. It’s an especially good idea to shop for store brands when it comes to staples like spices, flour, and sugar.
  8. Clean your refrigerator and pantry first. If you clean out before you go, you’ll know exactly what you need and won’t buy unnecessary items.

If you develop the good habit of coming in prepared to a grocery store, the savings in both time and money will quickly add up.

 

Source: US News

 

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