As gas and oil prices go up, so does the price of food. Since groceries are not exactly a luxury, it is important to find ways to save money while grocery shopping. Luckily, there are some easy and effective ways to spend less money when you go to the supermarket!
- Buy store brands. The store brands of today are sophisticated and come in many sizes, varieties, and flavors. They are often modeled after more expensive brands and, in fact, are often made by the same companies. Buying store brands is an easy way to save money on groceries without necessarily compromising on quality.
- Buy in bulk when it makes sense. Although you probably do not need to buy cases and cases of aspirin, it does make sense to buy a extra jar of your favorite applesauce when it is on sale or grab an extra two boxes of cereal when they are two for one. You must be careful to exercise self-control -- after all, you are not saving money on groceries if the food goes bad before you can eat it!
- Bring a calculator. Since food and other groceries come in a variety of sizes, a calculator -- even the calculator on your cell phone -- can come in very handy when you are trying to figure out which brand or size is the best deal.
- Shop on Sundays. Since most coupons come out on Sundays, that is the best day to go shopping with your coupons. While the coupons do not decrease in value, the items that are discounted tend to get bought up. It doesn't help you save money on groceries if you have an entire folder full of coupons, yet none of the items are still on the shelves!
- Take advantage of rebates. Many companies offer rebates instead of coupons because they know that consumers will forget to send the rebates in! To save money on groceries -- and other items -- always send your rebates in immediately, before you have the chance to lose the form or the receipts.
- Never shop hungry! Impulse buys add up quickly! Always have a snack before you go grocery shopping so that you are not buying expensive items that look tasty, or buying more food than you need.
- Stick to your grocery list. Again, the impulse buys can really destroy a grocery budget! Spend some time on your grocery list and then stick to it! No exceptions! You will find that this actually helps you save money on groceries!
- Try discount stores. Think outside of the box. Many items are considerably cheaper at dollar or discount stores than they are in grocery stores or drugstores.
Although you can't stop the price of groceries from increasing, you will find that you can save money on groceries with these tips. Remember also that it is almost always cheaper to cook your own meals rather than eat out!