Money Saving Grocery Strategies
Shopping is a dreaded task across the world. No matter how much we try to avoid spending our time and money at the local grocery store, we find ourselves spending our money on food week after week. We just can’t avoid it, but with these Money Saving Grocery Strategies, we can avoid spending too much time or money at the store.
Avoid the Traps
Have you ever noticed how the smell of the bakery seems to meet you at the door of the grocery store? The delicious smell draws you in and you begin looking at all their beautiful, tempting treats.
Before you even realize that you have been played, you place a chocolate cake in your buggy that will blow your diet and your budget. They design the grocery stores with this in mind. Think about it. Isn’t the bakery always near the front of the store?
Here is the number one fact that busts most diets and grocery budgets: Grocery stores want you to buy more stuff and spend more money.
Your best bet is to go into the store with blinders on, planning on getting what you need and getting out. Do not go into the store without a clear idea of what exactly you need. The most dangerous thing for your pocketbook is heading into a store thinking, “What do I need today?”
They will definitely be able to give you some ideas.
So, if grocery stores are out to get you, How do you avoid spending too much money on unhealthy foods? Here are the top strategies I have found to avoid busting my budget and my diet.
Always use a list.
Have you ever been to the grocery store for 4 items forgot your list? Surely you can remember 4 items, right? By the time you get home, you have spent $76, but forgotten 2 of the 4 items you went in for. I have done that too many times! This is why, now, I never go to the store without a list.
Using a shopping list does no good if you ignore the list once you get there. This is another common mistake I have made. I would arrive at the store with the list in my hand, but purchase whatever I want once you I got there! This usually led to an astronomical grocery bill and a cluttered kitchen.
You must stick to the list. By that, I mean only buy what’s on the list. NOTHING EXTRA! Extra purchases mean extra money.
Use a Grocery Pick-Up Service
This is a great strategy for avoiding those impulse purchases and helping you stick to YOUR LIST. I am in love with Walmart grocery pick up. I usually put in my put in my order on Sunday night and pick up my order first thing Monday morning. By 9 am on Monday, I had all my shopping and meal planning done for the week. It is fabulous.
Use this link, to get $10 off of your first Walmart Grocery pickup order.
Many grocery stores do free grocery pick-up. I know that in my small town both Walmart and Kroger do. It is a great way to simplify your life, and save time. Some stores even do grocery delivery.
The app does suggest extra items to pick up, and it does try to get you to spend more money. However, it’s much easier to turn down those expensive snacks when they are not right in front of you. You just have to click right on past.
Meal Plan Using Weekly Ads
Before you shop take a few minutes to search your store’s weekly ad and plan your meals around them. It takes only a few minutes and can save a ton. It saved me $72 my last trip. Weekly Ads are usually pretty simple to find on every grocery stores main website.
When I was little, I remember going down every single aisle of the grocery store and aggravating my mother for every single snack I saw. I also remember her having a cart that towered over, and a HUGE grocery bill.
There is a simple solution to this problem. Don’t go down the extra lanes (especially if your kids are with you).
If you are on a diet, there is no reason for you to go down the chip aisle. If you don’t need baking supplies, don’t go down the baking aisle. Do not do that to yourself. You will likely pick up extra items.
Also, avoiding aisles will decrease the amount of time you’re in the grocery store. That leaves more time to do the things you actually like to do.
Avoid Processed foods.
At first, it may seem that processed “boxed” foods are the cheapest way to go, but most of them contain fillers and are over-priced. It is usually much cheaper to make the items from scratch, and much healthier.
Some recipes might take a few extra seconds to mix, but usually are much more affordable to make out of ingredients I already keep. For example, instead of buying biscuit mix or canned biscuits, I make a simple biscuit recipe that uses ingredients I already always keep in my pantry.
So, It saves room in my pantry and money on my grocery bill.
These simple strategies can drastically lower your grocery bill. Put them into play next time you’re at the grocery store, and you’ll find yourself saving money and eating healthier.
What are some strategies you use to help save money and eat healthier? I’d love to hear your ideas. Comment below to share your tips.