Budgeting 101: Creative Grocery Shopping
It’s a fact: we all need to eat. Thousands of people are going without food, probably in your own city.
To keep your family nourished, here are some creative grocery shopping tips to get the most food for your buck.
Just like everything else, the cost of feeding your family is also on the increase.
For some families, it is a fear that they would rather not face. Even if you have a large family, you can pare down your meal expenses.
It goes without saying that you need to budget for your grocery bill each month.
But, even if you have a budget of $300 you might want to trim some of that. Don’t worry. There are ways to eat more for less.
Grocery Shopping Tips
1. Plan your trips – It will take time the first time, but once you get a system going, you won’t have to spend so much time on this phase.
Create a comprehensive list of all that you will need.
This means going through kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Use this as a master list.
A second list will be for items that you use more frequently like milk, bread, eggs, toilet tissue and paper towels.
More money will be spent on these items because, well, you need them more.
2. Look at the circulars – Compare sale prices on the items you use when the papers come out each week. Circle where you will buy each item from.
Some think that it is not worth it to drive to several grocery stores but it depends on how you chart your trip and what amount you are saving.
Also use your store discount card for additional savings on these items.
To get the most benefit from a store deal, buy up to your maximum allowed by the store.
3. Clip coupons – It used to be that you could just clip a few coupons and then use them at the store.
Today, it’s an art form. You can use newspaper coupons in combination with store savings card offerings.
Also, don’t forget about online coupons. There are coupon services that offer manufacturer’s coupons that you can print and take to the store.
Be careful though. Some stores are making it harder to use certain discount combinations after the airing of shows like “Extreme Couponing.”
But, the effort is worth it if you need to cut costs.
4. Buy in bulk – Even regular grocery stores have bulk aisles where you can buy what you need in greater quantity.
5. Visit other shops – How about the dollar stores in your area? Some also sell food.
t is a good place to buy dried spices, juices and dry ingredients.
With a bit of creative thinking you can save even more money from your grocery shopping budget.
Learn more about budgets and managing your money when you read the rest of our information here about: How to Make a Budget and Save Money
It is one of the most important life skills you can learn as the sooner you take control of your finances, the sooner you can grow your fortune in life.
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