There are all sorts of ways to overspend when it comes to grocery shopping, which is kind of sad because groceries are expensive enough as it is. Luckily, there are plenty of tricks designed to help you beat the supermarket system and trim your weekly grocery budget. Below are five tips that will help you do exactly that!
Don’t Shop with the Kids – Kids aren’t easy to shop with – every mother knows that. But in addition to being a hassle to corral in a busy supermarket, kids can also add several dollars to your grocery bill. Take one trip down the cereal aisle with a five-year-old and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
Don’t Shop Hungry – Most of us have heard this tip, but few of us actually follow this good advice. As you may know, shopping hungry means you end up buying bags of potato chips, cookies, and containers of deli potato salad that you never really needed (and calories you never needed!). To help, shop only after lunch or dinner and always shop with a list.
Don’t Buy Pre-Cut Foods – Pre-cut cheese, pre-cut sandwich meat, pre-cut lettuce, and pre-cut fruit aren’t really that expensive, but all that pre-cutting comes at a cost. Instead, buy your cheese and sandwich meat from the deli (they cut it for free!) and buy lettuce and fruit whole and cut it yourself.
Don’t Buy Prepared Deli Foods – It’s hard to pass up pasta salad or pre-made tuna salad, isn’t it? After all, they’re not only delicious, they’re also super convenient. But just like the pre-cut foods mentioned above, that convenience costs money. Instead, make it yourself for a lot less money and add your own spices to make it just as delicious!
Don’t Buy Toiletries – Of course, you should buy toiletries, just try to avoid buying them at the grocery store. Why? Because the grocery store has great deals on food, but they don’t always have the best deals on toiletries. Instead, buy your deodorants, soaps, shampoos and other toiletries from a stores that specialize in that type of stuff (like Walgreens, Rite-Aid, or CVS).