10 Surefire Ways Cut Down Grocery Bill Start Shopping Smart
According to current research, people who make a ‘fast trip’ to the store end up spending 54 percent more than they expected to. If you spend just ten dollars on impulse purchases three times a week, this is going to cost you an additional 120$ per month.
So how do you save money? By cutting down on ‘impulse buying’ and the number of trips you make to the store. This strategy can save you thousands of dollars every year.
Begin by shopping once a week. Once you get more used to bulk buying you can shop once a month. The less you go to the store, the less you will spend. Avoid the temptation to walk up and down the aisles, choosing items that look good. Stores are designed to make you spend more.
That is why they have certain food items placed near check-out counters and higher priced items stacked at eye level on all their shelves.
Since you have already made your list, stick to it! The advantage of having a list is that you browse less and spend less on impulse purchases.
The only time that impulse shopping is good for you is when you take advantage of sales by choosing items that you use regularly or items that have a long shelf-life. Otherwise, if it is not on list, do not buy it. You can make a note of the item and add it to your list the next time, but you will discover that you do not really need it by the time your next shopping trip comes around.
If you absolutely cannot resist impulse buying give yourself the leeway to buy five extra items within a certain dollar amount.
Do not buy non-food items at the grocery store since you can find them for cheaper at other outlets. Buy bread from your bakery and toiletries from your drugstore…Double check to see that you have completed all the items on your list before you leave the store.
Another way you can save money on your grocery list is to just take cash to the store and avoid ATM’s and credit cards. Only do this once you figure out the approximate cost of your grocery bill. Nobody wants the embarrassment of being short at the checkout counter by 4.67$! Shopping with cash will help you watch prices while you shop.
Take only the money you think you will need after you have made an educated guess and factored in a little extra. This will help you cut back on your total grocery costs!
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