Have you ever thought about why you enjoy shopping at the stores you shop at? Is it organized? Clean? Friendly employees? Those are just a few of the reasons we like our local stores. Alas, it still means that when we go to the grocery store, we go with a plan.
5 Tips for Grocery Shopping
I don’t know about you, but I am a list maker. Not only do I have several lists, but I also like to make sure I have a plan… especially when shopping. We have found that it is easy to go over our monthly grocery budget if we go to the store without a set course of action. Therefore, we use these tips for grocery shopping to keep us in line as we shop.
- As I have already mentioned, make a list. Before you even leave the house you need to know exactly what you are going to buy. Go ahead and do all of your menu planning for the week and then write down everything you need from the grocery store. It will save you time and money.
- Speaking of saving money, check the store ads. Find promotions and look for coupons to match up with sale prices… then stock up! Sales offer the perfect opportunity to grab staple foods and items to prepare your family for going back to school soon.
- Don’t be afraid of generic. Give the store brands a try and see what you think. Typically you will not notice the difference in taste, but rather the savings in your pocket.
- Buy produce in season. You can find a wide selection of fresh fruits and vegetables at local grocers. Whether you need strawberries, tomatoes, celery, or even a mixed salad blend, their product department has you covered.
- Don’t grocery shop hungry. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s so true. You tend to impulse buy more when you’re hungry. Your stomach will demand you grab those sweets and other foods before your brain can say no.
Bottom line? Buy only what you need. Don’t use coupons on items you were not already planning on purchasing. Shop smart and pay attention to your local store’s sales.