Saving money is something that we all love to do. Whether its using a coupon or just buying something on clearance there is a type of a excitement that we get from knowing that we saved a buck. Since we all have to buy groceries, this is one thing that we can all afford to save a few bucks on. Here are some tips that you can use each time you grocery shop to help lighten the load on your wallet.
1) Always have a plan. I never suggest that anyone enter a grocery store without a plan. Knowing what you’re going to buy helps to distractions at a minimum. A list is great idea for keeping up with your estimated expenses for your trip as well as how many of each item you plan to buy. Less time spent in the store= less money spent!
2) Never shop hungry. This is a classic piece of advice that still carries great meaning. Along with having a plan, shopping on a full tummy can reduce your urges to buy things not on your list and therefore saving you from spending extra. Grab a snack on the way out the door to the grocery store. This is a wonderful way to get something in your tummy without having to eat an entire meal.
3) Check your store circular for sales. Before you head out the door for your big shopping trip, take a moment to look through the store’s circular for that week. I personally never purchase anything that is not on sale. One of my philosophies in fact is, if its not on a sale, I don’t need it. If you need something that is not on sale that week, there is a chance that within the coming weeks it could go on sale. Keeping an on your stores sale cycle, you’ll start to notice a pattern of what they will have a sale each week. For example, at my Publix something that’s on sale every 3 or 4 weeks is I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter Spray. I know it will be on sale so I never buy it unless it is.
4) Use COUPONS! There is a common myth among some people that buying a store brand is cheaper than buying the name brand with a coupon. This is simply just not the case. Often times, you can combine your coupons with a sale to get MAJOR savings on the brand name items. Therefore you can snag the brands for even LESS than you’d pay for a store brand.
5) Don’t be brand loyal. One thing that I learned early on was to break away from my brand loyalties. If you really want to save the most money, you’ll need to try new things that are comparable. This is also a great way to try some new products out. Keep your family allergies in mind when trying new products.
6) Don’t buy something just because you have a coupon. Just because you have a coupon, doesn’t always mean that you’ll get a good deal. Some manufacturers put out coupons to get you to try their new, pricey product. This isn’t always in your best interest for saving money.
I hope that these tips will help you to be a frugality and save the most at the grocery store!
Check out my blog, Saving with Amy to learn more money saving tips!
About this author
Amy Edmiston is frugal mom of a feisty 3 year old who keeps her on her toes. She currently lives in Nashville, TN. Growing up knowing the value of a dollar, she’s blossomed into a coupon queen that has fun saving money. She launched her blog Saving with Amy to share her passion of saving money with other moms through coupons, fabulous deals and steals, freebies and more. Amy is a fitness advocate who believes exercise is key to a healthy life. She is also strong in her faith and volunteers at her church with the preschool children. You’ll often find her in the grocery store gabbing about what’s on sale and how to get it free. Being frugal has always been a way of life for Amy and she hopes to help others learn to stretch every dollar they have.