Most of us cringe at the thought of grocery shopping, especially this time of year. The grocery store shelves are saturated with holiday treats, all over the place. Food is one of our biggest expenses. But shopping is so therapeutic, and we can live our best lives for the holiday season. It is beyond important to go to the grocery store with a well thought-out budget with attainable money-saving goals. The less time that you spend in the grocery store the better. You should never go to the grocery store hungry or in between mealtimes, cause girl you will buy everything in all the aisles. You have to make a strategic blue-print of the major items that you need, as opposed to the items that you want for yourself and your growing family in the store.
Listen, the process of food can vary from the low price generic brands to the higher-end organic items in the grocery store. Think about the last time you went in the store for just a few items. Did you buy only those few items that you were in need of, or did you spend a buy more things then you realized? Did you impulse buy because of the bright shiny colors on the display of massive goodies, and that deal was just too good to resist? These things happen. Shopping less often takes away the overwhelming sensation to do this. When you make the decision to grocery shop once a month you don’t feel the need to instantaneously change your shopping habits. If you are a three-to-four times a week shopper try to change it to go to the grocery store only once a week. Eventually you can work to only going once a month.
Bring a calculator set a a target budget for each trip to the store, and then to help stick to it, bring a calculator along, or use the calculator on your smart phone to stay on budget. When you go through with a calculator it is the most awesome and amazing change that takes place in your shopping habits and goals. You suddenly weigh the options of bit more with name brand versus generic. You seem to think twice about adding all the candy and ice cream into the cart.
Pay with cash this tactic may make you shake in your boots! Going cash only when you go cash-only when you go to the grocery store forces you to stay on budget, especially if you leave your cards behind and only bring the amount of money you’ve allocated for groceries for that particular shopping trip. At the beginning of each month, pay period, get out the set amount that you have budgeted for groceries in cash, put the money aside in an envelope.
Plan your meals like a Boss. While planning an entire month of meals may sound daunting, if you want to cut your grocery bill in half, meal planning like a Boss is the way to go!
Shop the ads and use coupons, each week grocery stores send ads telling you what is on sale. Don’t toss these in the trash! They are for your grocery store planning! Circle the items that are on sale that you’d like to purchase so that you won’t forget. In addition take advantage of coupons, which really add up when you make your way up to the register for that final total on your grocery bill.
Shop the deals that you see around you in the grocery store! The store is full of deals that we can overlook while grocery shopping, make sure to ask a store clerk to remain current on the most cost-effective in store deals.
Shop the perimeter, many grocery stores have a similar layout. You will find the produce, dairy, and meat outside of the store’s perimeter, while most of the prepackaged snacks, crackers, canned goods, and baking stuff are located towards the center. Stick to the outside of the store and “shop the perimeter.” Not only does it help your budget, but it encourages your family to eat better foods.
Buy less meat a simple way to trim your grocery bill is to buy less meat. Try substituting with beans, wheat, and berries. Enchiladas, tacos, chili, spaghetti, and casseroles taste so good with meat omitted. If you are not ready to give up meat completely set up a day for example, “Meatless Monday,” to help cut back on your monthly grocery bill.
Go generic whenever possible. It will save you money. You do not have to buy every brand name item in the grocery store. When shopping for generics make sure that you look down aisle at the shelves of food. Most grocery stores put the name brand items at eye level. They want to be sure that the potential customer is focused on the name brand items. Generic brands are usually at the bottom shelf or the top shelf, it is important to stay focused on the generic brands in the store.