Groceries are expensive! Really expensive!!! So anything we can do to save money is a good thing.
Besides the normal techniques of shopping sales, using coupons, buying generics – there are a few other things that can make a big difference, too.
- Shop alone. We all know we spend more money when we take kids or spouses.
- Shop with someone. I know this is in direct contradiction to what I just said, but sometimes having someone with you DOES make you spend less. When I go alone, I tend to add things to the cart that aren’t necessary or aren’t good for me. When my husband is with me, he questions those types of purchases. And I hate to admit this, but there are some things I don’t want to buy if he’s with me – like corn dogs. So I don’t.
- Don’t shop when hungry. I’ve heard this one forever and it really is true. When I’m hungry, I add all kinds of ridiculous things to my cart that I wouldn’t normally. On the flip side, if I shop when I’m FULL, sometimes I don’t buy enough.
- Don’t dawdle. The longer you spend in the store, the more money you’ll spend. Get in, get it and get out!!!
- Use cash and only take the amount you budgeted. You can’t overspend if you don’t have it.
- Have a detailed list and stick to it. My normal routine is to make my list, in detail, put prices by the items (rounding up to account for tax) and then add it up to be sure it matches my budget. If it’s too low (which is never is!), good! Then I have extra to use for something else. If it’s too high, I have to figure out what I can do without.
I’ll confess that I don’t use coupons or shop sales. I do stock up if there’s a really good sale but I don’t have the time or desire to spend a lot of time trying to save money at the store. So for me, the six strategies above are my go-to’s for saving money on groceries.
Do you do any of these things? How do you save money on groceries?