Whether you’re shopping to get food for just yourself or a whole family, many people are surprised by just how much of their paycheck is spent just to feed themselves. There are many simple ways to save money when going grocery shopping that will let you get more for that hard earned cash. Here are some tips to help you:
- Making a list before you go to the grocery store is key to saving money. Nothing is worse than going to the store and spending way more than you planned on, only to come home and realize you forgot to get the thing you went there in the first place for. A list of things you need can help prevent this and will let you control your budget better.
- Plan your meals around ads and coupons. Many people plan their meals for the week, and then go look for good deals on the meals they planned. Instead, try looking for good deals first and planning your meals around that.
- Actually use what you buy. Studies show that Americans throw away on average 25% of the food we pay for. This is wasteful and in the end results in you needing to buy even more food than you would’ve needed to. Eating leftovers also helps.
- Go over your last grocery receipt and look at what things were the most expensive. Next time you go shopping try looking for substitutes of the items or off-brand (generic) items. It’ll save you more than you think.
- Shop less. This might seem kind of self-explanatory but the more you shop, the more you spend. Plan your trips to the store to be only once a week instead of every other day. This will also help make it easier to track what you need and what you have enough of.
Food isn’t something you can just stop buying altogether, but there are many ways you can be more efficient with your money when buying food. This way you can spend less on food, and more on other things you may need, or just savings in the bank.